New Year SMART Goals

by Handy Mag
Published: Last Updated on

by Rachael Wells, Stress Management & Well Being Life Coach

New Year is a great opportunity for making changes. However, try and ensure your goals are realistic and achievable.
Don’t forget to include looking after your mental health and well being; it’s not just about eating less or exercising more!

Many of us fall into the trap of setting the same or very similar goals each year, meaning we fall at the first hurdle. Or we make them too strict, or not relevant.

Here are some tips using the SMART acronym to help you set more meaningful resolutions.

  • Be SPECIFIC
    Avoid using vague language. Really think about what it is you want to achieve. Saying “I’m going to swim twice a week” is much better than saying “I’d like to be fitter”. Write them down too as it adds value.
  • Setting a MEASURABLE goal is really helpful.
    Construct it in such a way that you can easily tick it off a list when achieved e.g. eat an apple mid-morning instead of a chocolate bar. Or drink an extra 2 glasses of water a day.
  • Make sure your goal is ACHIEVABLE otherwise you’re just setting yourself up to be unsuccessful.
    The smaller the goal the better. You can always set more, when you’ve ticked it off the list!
  • Be REALISTIC!
    We all live busy lives. Setting a time-consuming goal is likely to end badly! Make sure it fits in with your lifestyle. A 15 minute walk in your dinner break is probably more realistic for a busy person than training for a half marathon!
  • Put clear TIME SCALES on your target otherwise goals can end up being open-ended.
    Make sure your goals are going to benefit you and not be punishing. It’s really important to be kind to yourself and do activities that bring you joy and enjoyment. And remember, sometimes a goal of doing less is just as valuable!

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