Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
Each of us has goals: big ones about what we want to do with our lives, and smaller ones about our lifestyles and habits. Let’s say you want to be more active. That’s a great goal to have, but what exactly does that mean? The key to reaching your goals is to come up with an action plan, by making your goals S.M.A.R.T.:
S: Specific. Do you know exactly what you're trying to accomplish, in detail? Your goal should clearly define what you're going to do. If it’s big or complex, you may want to break it into smaller or shorter-term goals. Let’s say your goal is to walk around your neighborhood each week.
M: Measurable. Are you able to track your progress? How will you know when you've reached your goal? For example, your goal could be walking for 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
A: Achievable. Is your goal challenging but still possible to achieve? The best goals require time and work, but aren't impossible. Walking for an hour a day, 5 days a week may not be a realistic goal if you have a busy schedule.
R: Relevant. Is your goal related to your larger mission of becoming more active? If not, you may need to reassess your goal. Walking is a relevant goal because it is a great way to be active.
T: Time-defined. Does your goal have a clear start and end date? Perhaps you want to give it a try for the next month.
“For the next month, I will walk around my neighborhood for 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.”