My eyes are bigger than my stomach. This is especially true when I have ideas, or want to accomplish something. I over-reach, over-extend, over-commit.
Then I look around at a spare bedroom floor completely covered with quilting scraps! Or a refrigerator full of almost-expiring vegetables, and wonder what in the world I thought I was going to DO with ten bags of organic carrots! (Good thing carrots have a long shelf life!).
I am fortunate to have a fantastic husband who is my safety net when I can’t clean my proverbial plate. He’s always there to tackle extra chores, feed the baby, or keep the laundry cycling while I try to make sense out of the madness!
Last year, my husband and I set “Family Goals” instead of official resolutions. We had twelve categories (family devotions, gardening, fitness, home repair…). For each category we stated our goal, and then a rough “due date.”
Um. Yeah. Out of 35 mini goals, we met 13. That’s about 37%. We can do better! I met and exceeded my goal of blogging one time a week. LOL! And the home repair section fared pretty well, no thanks to me!
This year, we need a better plan to meet those goals. So we are going to set SMART goals. Have you heard of them? SMART goals are:
- S – Specific – Not “eat healthier,” instead “buy organic vegetables,” a specific way of eating healthier. (In fact, “less,” “more,” “-er” and “better” probably shouldn’t be part of your goal at all – it’s hard to know what those words really mean.)
- M – Measurable – Assign a number – pounds of weight loss, number of times to exercise weekly, dollar amount to save for vacation. It’s crucial to measure progress towards your goal.
- A – Achievable – I can’t pay off the national debt, but maybe I can pay off the rest of my student loan? Make your goal do-able, and you’ll be more likely to work towards it!
- R – Relevant – Do your goals push you toward a better “you”? Do they fit your lifestyle?
- T – Time-based – Set a due date – give enough time to finish the specific objective, but not so much that you get lax and keep postponing. I have found spreading “due dates” throughout the year helps keep down stress about meeting goals!
(See other variations of this acronym here.)
Reflecting on last year, it’s true we didn’t achieve all our goals. But we achieved some, which is a step in the right direction. This year, we’ll work on crafting SMARTer Resolutions … hopefully leading to greater success!
What resolutions or goals do you have for the new year? Can making them SMART help you achieve them?