• Eleanor Shao

How to Set SMART Goals and Smash Them

Goals are a great way to motivate us into achieving something that hopefully betters our life. Oftentimes, however, we set a goal willy-nilly, and by day three, we have forgotten how we had convinced ourselves to do this, or what the goal even was. This isn’t a reflection of our character – instead, it is just a result of having a broad goal without a plan of action.

Goal setting at the start of the year, when our energy levels are elevated and motivations are high, may look a bit like a disorganised shopping list. While it is great to feel super open about the things you want to achieve, the easiest way to make yourself feel like you aren’t making any progress is by making goals that don’t explicitly show you the progress you are making.

This is why goal setting must be SMART. While this may not seem as fun, being able to explicitly measure our improvement makes it much more concrete, meaning, they are actually going to happen. Quantifying a goal makes it achievable.

S – Specific

M - Measurable

A - Attainable

R - Relevant

T – Timely

The measurable quality of SMART goals helps us maintain motivation and also keeps us on track. It sets up a clear path so we know what our start looked like and where we are going (what the destination looks like).

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An example of a SMART Goal could be:

I want to spend at least two hours per week reading. This will allow me to read 10 books by the end of the year.

Some helpful tips:

  1. Don’t undertake too many goals to attack in one go – you may be spreading yourself too thin as too many changes are undergone simultaneously.

  2. Creating accountability around your goals, or sharing an accountability/goal with someone.

  3. Being human does not equate to a straight line to success (in fact, it likely means the opposite!) However, what’s important is that when we do have an off day or an off week, we keep going once we get back on our feet.

Goal setting guide

If you need some extra help with achieving your goals this year due to low motivation, feeling scattered, or being bogged down my comparisonitis we might be able to help you.

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