It’s January, a brand new year, and that means it is time for New Year Resolutions. Let me start by saying that I hate new year resolutions. I hate them because they are vague, hard to reach, and usually just a dream. You want to lose weight (can you be more specific), you want to be healthier (in what area), you want to make better decisions (what does this mean?), you are getting rid of the negativity in your life (how do you play a part in that?), I can go on but I will stop there. Resolutions are usually forgot about in February and never carried out throughout your year. So what do you do instead? You set a S.M.A.R.T. goal and do all that you can to reach it. Do not call it a resolution, do not call it a dream, call it a goal and create steps to reach it. Keep reading below and I will show you how to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. You will set a goal while outlining how to get there, how to measure it, and by when. The key word here is when!
- Specific. When setting goals, make them as specific as possible. For example, I want to complete my assignment, is vague. I will start writing my paper today in order to complete it by _____, is a specific goal.
- Measurable. How will you know that the goal is complete, or at least gaining momentum? Your goal should be measurable, so that you know you are making progress. “I will write 1 page a day in order to get my paper completed.” You will know that you are progressing if 3 days have passed and you have at least 3 pages written.
- Attainable. Set big goals and dreams that are larger than life, but do not set that goals that are unrealistic. I will write, all 10 pages of my paper an hour before it is due and still get an A. (ok maybe it can be done, but why would you set yourself up for that uncertainty?) You will not start a fashion blog, have 10 sponsored post, and make 10k a month next week. You can start a fashion blog next week though! Get it? Make your goals attainable and you won’t get burned out or give up.
- Realistic. See above! Do not set yourself up for failure!
- Timely. Set your goals with a time frame in mind. I will write 1 page a day to have my paper completed by Sunday and ready to turn in Monday afternoon. I will write in my journal 3 times a week for 4 weeks to determine how I feel about writing. Give yourself a time to check in on your goals and make sure you are progressing, and to have them completed. If you don’t have a deadline, you have a dream not a goal.
Dreams are goals without deadlines! Resolutions are usually vague! Set a goal, use the S.M.A.R.T. outline, and start progressing.