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I am updating this post from the end of 2014 about setting goals. I originally wrote the post to talk about the first of the year goals but I really think that goal setting should be done all throughout the year. Especially when it comes to blogging and business goals.
I’ve been much better at setting and meeting goals so far in 2015 and can only hope to start getting even better at it in the future. So I hope you will start using the S.M.A.R.T. method when setting your goals. It can be very helpful and make your goals better and the path to achieving them easier. So check out the method below and start applying it to your own goals when setting them. Hopefully it is as helpful for you as it has been for me.
This week it seems like I have been hit with 100’s of posts and emails about preparing for the new year. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make the best plan to maximize the most out of 2015. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the S.M.A.R.T method of goal setting but I find it to be really helpful when tackling goals. I love the start of the new Year because it is so full of promise and opportunity and it’s only a matter of how we use the year that separates us from having the best year ever or a not so great year. I feel like truly bad years are typically caused by outside forces that we might not have control over getting laid off, divorce, illness or a death of a loved one makes for a bad year. We do have control over having a good great or even fantastic year though.
I want my blog to really blow up this year. 2014 was a good year for my blog and it grew more than I expected but now I can see where I want it to go, so I am really thinking hard about my goals for the next year.
So here is how you set S.M.A.R.T Goals step by step. It’s not hard to do and so worth it if you want to set good goals that are worth your time and energy achieving them.
So the S stands for specific. A specific goal has a much better chance of completion then a general goal. So try answering Who, What, Where, When Which and Why. An example of this would be to not say I want to get healthy but to say I want to cut out fast food and have 5 fruits or vegetables a day.
The M stands for measurable. You need to make sure that your goal has a specific way to measure progress towards your goal. This will help you stay focused and on track moving towards your goal. So ask yourself questions about your goal such as. How much? How many? How will I know when I’ve reached my goal?
The A stands for attainable. The best goals should push you to try to achieve them but you want to choose goals that are realistically attainable. Like if you want to start exercising and don’t at all right now setting a goal of working out 7 days a week might not be attainable realistically bust saying working out 2 to 3 times a week might be the right place to start.
The R stands for relevant. It’s important to set and try to achieve goals that are relevant to the grand scheme of what you want your life or business outcome to be.
The T stands for timely or time-bound. You want your goals to have a start and date. If you have no time frame there is no urgency to try and complete the goal which is super important.