SMART Goals for the New Year

January 1, 2011

in the generous life

I’ve been studying to be a life coach lately and one of the tools suggested for setting goals is an acronym.

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Targeted Time

When you are creating new goals make sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and have specific target times. Saying “I want to have a neater home” is a good idea, but doesn’t give you any specific direction in doing that.  A more doable goal is “I want to dejunk my living room this month and I’m going to invite my friend Helen over to help me with that process.”  You’ve picked a reasonable sized goal, given yourself a target time and you’ve even thrown in a bit of help and accountability. The goal is relevant to your desire to have a neater home and it’s attainable (you’re dealing with just one room over a month’s time, perhaps schedule a work day each Thursday and work through an area at a time).  Measurable is going to be a bit “relative” because you will work until you are satisfied with the result (a personal taste issue).  Having a month to work through the process will help you narrow down to a standard you like.

Start with just a few small goals and work until you have finished the project or created a habit (most folks say it takes about 21 days of doing something to make a habit).  Then make a few more goals (maybe dejunk the bedrooms).

If your husband is thinking through changes as well, share the SMART acronym and be a sounding board and encourager for his efforts.

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?  Anthony Robbins


Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:

My husband is so cute.  He just had to give out some marriage awards:
2010 TGH Marriage & Sexuality Blog Awards

The Romantic Vineyard: The Things We’ll Miss 4 kleenex alert for the video
Intimacy in Marriage: 3 Reasons Your Husband Likes It When You Climax
Journey to Surrender: Shame and Intimacy – Sexual Shame part 4 of a series
Marriage Gems: How Mary and Joseph Would Have Used Facebook very cute!
Black & Married With Kids: Family Goals for the New Year
One Flesh Marriage: Twisted Resolutions and Seek and You Will Find …
Simplify 101: Create a Home Reference Binder
The Confident Mom: Realistic Resolutions – Bite Sized!
Take Control Organizing: The Gift of Being Organized


Be generous!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky M. January 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

Another blog you might want to have ladies (and the guys) check out: My One Word…

Their blogs are wonderful and help God work in us to change through just one word, not a bunch of resolutions

happy new year!


Matthew January 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I tried hard to make all of my goals for 2011 SMART goals, moreso than I did in 2010. For me, this involved spending the time to lay out the plans to achieve the goals, not only coming up with the goals themselves.

For example, the idea of building a business this year can be intimidating, but after taking the time to break it down into a series of smaller goals, it feels far more achievable.

Having an accountability partner is amazing helpful as well. My wife and I will both be eating healthier and beginning to work out over the next couple of days. Instead of just saying “we’re going to work out” we have made it a SMART goal by giving ourselves until the end of March (Targeted Time) to be able to pass the Air Force (Specific)physical exam (Measurable). In order to do this we will have to exercise on a regular basis (Relevant), and know that it can be done because Basic Training lasts for 9 weeks (Attainable).
.-= Matthew´s last blog ..Stop Planning and Just Do It! =-.


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