Updated: Aug 9
You've seen it everywhere. People on social media, taking pictures, using the hashtag #crushyourgoals.
I know, it's easier said than done. Goals can be a tricky part of life. It's hard enough to plan them, let alone actually work on them and achieve them. Through all the planning and organizing, you can get lost and lose your motivation for the goal completely. There are a few planning methods out there, but you've tried them all and nothing seems to stick. After stressing and getting overwhelmed about setting a goal, you FINALLY make one, and then... nothing.
I know that cycle all too well. As someone who gets overwhelmed easily, I used to think that goal-setting was a nightmare. I never came through for myself by putting my goal into action because I got too wrapped up in the goal-setting process.
Well, I'm going to tell you right now that S.M.A.R.T goals actually make goal setting and planning a heck of a lot easier. This method was a godsend to me. It's a guide to plan out your goal so that you have a better chance of working toward it and achieving it.
In this post, I'm going to guide you through what the S.M.A.R.T. Goals are and how you can successfully plan your goals, put them to action and achieve them! Plus, there will be a little surprise at the end!
What Are S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
S.M.A.R.T is an acronym that stands for Specific Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely. This method is used to get right down to planning your goal efficiently to achieve it a little easier.
What is your exact goal? Be specific about the goals you are setting for yourself. Visualize your goals clearly to know exactly what they will look and feel like.
Instead of "I want to have a better life" focus on a particular area of your life that you'd like to improve and set a goal for that like, "I want to improve my home/work-life balance".
When will you know that you’ve successfully achieved your goals? How will you track your goal?
Instead of just saying "I'll just wing it" along the way, make it a habit to keep track of where you are in your goals to manage them better.
How exactly are you going to do it? You can't do something without a plan. What are the steps you can take toward achieving this goal?
Instead of saying "I want to live a healthier lifestyle" you can say, "I want to live a healthier lifestyle by implementing a healthier diet, working out, and quitting unhealthy habits.”
Is it something you can realistically achieve? Do you have the resources to succeed? What skills and tools do you have to help you? Of course, I believe that you can achieve anything if you put the work into it, but is it something you can do right now?
For example, you can’t be a professional hockey player if you don’t first learn the skills to play the best!
How long will it take you to achieve your goal? How will you manage your time?
For example, tracking weight loss by weight only doesn't really hold yourself accountable to a specific timeframe. By saying you're going to lose the weight in a specific amount of time, you're holding yourself accountable to actually doing it
How It Works
To show you how S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting works, I’m going to choose a goal and go through it with you. For this example, I'm going to use the goal of losing weight.
This is a completely hypothetical situation used purely for the purpose of an example.
Specific: Lose 10 Pounds, instead of just "lose weight" or "get fit".
Measurable: Tracking weight loss through weekly and monthly weigh-ins, as well as a final count. You could also keep track of things through Goal Tracking in your Bullet Journal!
Actionable: To lose the weight my plan is to:
Cut out take out and other fatty foods from my diet
Daily workout routine
New meal plan with lots of fresh veggies and fruits
Walk the dog twice a day instead of just once
Realistic: After consulting my doctor, we agreed that it was reasonable and healthy to lose 10 pounds (in 2 Months) if I put my goal to action and stick to it.
Timely: While it wouldn't be a good idea to try to lose 10 pounds in a couple of weeks, 2 months is a realistic and healthy timeline.
Specific: Get specific with your goal
Measurable: How You'll Keep Track of Progress
Actionable: Your Action Plan (How You'll Do It)
Realistic: Is this goal realistic for your abilities?
Timely: How much time will it take?
We've gone through what the S.M.A.R.T. are and what they mean. We've also covered how to do them properly so that you can succeed in achieving your goal! Now, here's your surprise: a FREE printable workbook to put the S.M.A.R.T. method to work!
Here it is
You can get motivated and actually put your plan into action to get to that goal!
See how easy it makes the whole goal-setting process? I hope this makes your goals less intimidating. If you need more Goal Setting Tips, I got you with them right here.
What is your goal? Tell me all about it in the comments below or on Social Media @ruralmajestyblog or with the hashtag #HerRuralMajesty
Until next time! xoxo