Monday, December 30, 2013

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

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With 2014 beginning, so too begin many New Year's resolutions and goals.  What are yours?  Are they "SMART"?

As a refresher, S.M.A.R.T. goals are...
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timed

Whatever the topic of your goal, making sure it's "SMART" will help you make it a reality.  Learn more in my original "Set Smart Goals" post.

What are your goals for 2014?  

Other Dare You To tips for your resolutions:

Personally, I'm looking at a few focuses for the new year.  I admit they don't quite fit the paradigm above, but I'll work out details soon. For now, I've got some big-picture ideas to work on.

Thanks to new opportunities, the time from January - May will likely be an exciting but stressful time for me. For this reason, I'm aiming to intentionally not place additional stress my mind or body while I'm stressed enough as it is. With that in mind, my coming focuses are:

  • Mind: Time management
    • Mono-task. Practice being more focused.  
    • Stop wasting time online (this app is helpful)
    • Prioritize priorities (and noting 2-to-3 top priorities, not ten) 
  • Body: Posture improvement
  • Spirit:  Practice gratitude and journal
    • Continue writing down Three Good Things
    • Use the one-sentence journal that was gifted to me last year by my friend Becky (image, right) -- (I used for a month or two before waning off. This time, I'll stick with it!) 
    • Let this help with my other two goals, so I can learn from errors and improve throughout the year. 

Any tips for me on these aims?  Great apps or tools you recommend?

What are your goals for 2014?
Any good dares?

Happy New Year!!! 

14 comments:

  1. Ah! I read The Happiness Project at the beginning of 2013 - it totally made my year one of the best :)

    Never thought about getting the one sentence journal... But now I'm going to investigate.

    Thanks! x

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    1. Yep! I loved The Happiness Project, and my friend was clever enough to find the journal. I started it but then stopped keeping it up. This is my year! (Plus, it actually has space for FIVE years of daily sentences, so it's a worthy investment.)

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  2. I love the idea of SMART Goals. It's amazing how so many people set themselves up for failure both on New Year's and during the rest of the year by making extraordinarily vague goals. I use this acronym with the high school students whom I mentor and I think it's a great tool. Happy New Year!

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    1. YES It's true that it can apply to any type of goal. I use it for setting goals, even though my "new year focus" isn't really a goal, but a vision for what I want to become to get through a stressful time. I've already found a few tools to help make them "smarter"

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  3. I'm good at setting big goals and reaching for them, but not so good at the day to day stuff. I think I may just have to download that app to control my Facebook time.

    I'm loving reading everyone's goals for the year as I prepare to write mine. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yeah that "Self Control" app is great. You can set a time frame for how long you want to avoid specific websites (OR only ALLOW specific websites) and it really helps me focus sometimes, when websurfing isn't an option!)

      Another tool that helps with day-to-day is "Lift" - a mobile app. Definitely check it out! Happy New Year to you, too :)

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  4. ooh i love the idea of a one sentence journal!

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  5. I don't have any concrete goals...but I do have intentions :)

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    1. I don't have concrete goals at this time, either. I set them when they arise lol. But intentions are great, too... Yes, I suppose that's what my New Year's "focuses" are really -- INTENTIONS. I like it :) Thanks!

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  6. the first step is blogging like this to make yourself accountable and also better cement in your mind your goals and how important they are to you so good job! i remember SMART from my MBA days...i wrote a guest post on it once for katie heddleston! :)

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  7. I need to focus on monotasking and also not wasting time online! Funny, I have self-control on my computer but always forget to use it. I'm focusing on a specific word for the year to help keep me focused - DO.

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    1. YES I saw this on your blog and love it! I may usurp that word/intention for myself, too. Thanks!

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  8. One of my goals is to SEE YOU in 2014! Think we can make that happen!?!?

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    1. YES YES YES. It has to. Like... my 2013 was nothing without you. 2014 deserves better.

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