The first step to accomplishing a goal is identifying what that goal is. But what if I told you there was a way to write out your goals to be more likely to accomplish them? Would you be interested? This post will be a tad longer than usual, But I feel like it needed a bit more explanation.
What exactly is a S.M.A.R.T. goal? It is a goal That is very specific in the way it is written. S.M.A.R.T. is the acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. In this post, I will walk you through my goal-setting process. And how I use S.M.A.R.T. goals not just in my business but in my personal life as well.
First I decide on a goal.
Goals can big or small ( I prefer small). You can literally set a goal for anything. Last week I had a goal to do a face mask for 15 mins each 3 times that week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday during school hours, while journaling. I consider that a small but specific goal. When I first started goal tracking I would have written: “Do 3 face mask this week.” There is nothing wrong with that goal and some people would absolutely be able to take that sentence and run with it. NOT I! So let’s break this goal down by letter.
Specific- My goal was not just to do a face mask three times in a week, I broke it into a specific number of times. On specific days, for a set amount of time. During a specific time frame and even gave myself an activity to do while I’m sitting for 15 mins.
Measurable- There was a specific time frame in which my goal needed to be completed. During school hours, for me is when I fit in my self-care and business activities for the day. The house is mostly quiet & calm and I am able to get things done. Also, I gave myself a specific amount of time to spend on this task. 15 minutes to sit there with a face mask on. This is much more effective than having just the goal with no specifics included.
Achievable- Is this goal something you can actually accomplish? 3 face mask a week doesn’t seem like a lot. But, that 15 mins, 3 days a week on a hectic week can mean getting dinner on time or not. Getting out of the house on time for appointments or not. Just so many things that I am able to squeeze into 15 mins. So I chose the 3 days a week I am more likely to have a bit extra free time to accomplish my goals.
Realistic- To me, this goes hand and hand with the goal being achievable. Is this goal realistic? Some days me doing a facemask for 15 minutes is not realistic. Those days tend to be Saturday & Sunday when my whole household is home from school. Taking 15 minutes to myself feels pretty unrealistic on those days. So when taking the time to set these goals be sure that they are achievable for you. Don’t set a goal to make a million dollars in your business in 3 months when you haven’t sold anything in 3 months.
Timely- Can you accomplish this goal in a timely manner. For me spending 15 mins a day 3 days a week is timely, for me. But in other goals timely will mean is it really possible to reach that goal in the allotted timeframe. Have you set an impossible goal for yourself? Is it a possible goal in an impossible timeframe. Take all these things into account when setting your “end date”. There is no shame in giving yourself more time if necessary. However, don’t fall into the loop of giving yourself more time every time you think you need it. You won’t accomplish anything!
Why is how you set goals important?
How you set your goals is the groundwork for your success. If you set vague and generic goals you will get minimal results because what you are trying to accomplish is not specific. The more detail you provide to look back at when setting your goals the better map you have to follow. I hope this helped you and allows you to set better goals going forward so that you can accomplish more. Use your S.M.A.R.T. goals.