Last month, we wrote about the best way to set goals for the new year using the S.M.A.R.T goal-setting technique. Now, we’re giving you the tools you need to actually make them happen.
Need a refresher? In short, you want to make sure that the goals you’re setting are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t just write, “Lose weight.” Instead, you’ll want to:
- Be Specific: Define exactly how many pounds you want to lose, consider any resources you need to reach your goals (a gym membership, personal trainer, groceries, meal plans, etc.), as well as all the happy side effects you’ll enjoy from losing weight.
- Make It Measurable: How will you define your progress? By weighing yourself every week, or month? How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?
- Be Realistic: Making sure that your goals are attainable and practical (i.e. not “lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks!”).
- Make Sure It’s Relevant: If you have more urgent issues to deal with in 2018, maybe losing weight shouldn’t be your #1 priority. If the time is right, however, then go all out!
- Add Deadlines: Set mini-deadlines and action steps (like stating how many times you’ll go to the gym each week or when you’re going to do your grocery shopping) to make sure you’re staying on track.
Ready to put your own goals on paper? Use this printable document as your guide, and make sure you hang it somewhere you can see it. Feel free to share your goals and tag us on social media @fitspotwellness!