Last week, I shared my time calculator that helps you discover just how much time you have to pursue new goals and achieve those things you’ve been putting off forever. Well, now that you know you DO have the time to work on the things that matter to you, let’s get to work on getting to those goals.
You’ve probably heard of S.M.A.R.T goals before. S.M.A.R.T. goals is a popular way to plot out your goals; we even use it professionally in my office because the formula works. Here’s an overview:
Your goal needs to be spelled out very precisely and you also need to have a reason WHY behind your goal…some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused. For example, a goal might be to earn an additional $500 per month or work out three times a week for 30 minutes for the next 30 days.
Using language that leaves no doubt as to what the goal is, why you want to achieve the goal, and how you will get there, is very important. If you are not able to be detailed in your description of the goal, it will be hard to meet it. Take the time to do this part right.
This is where a journal or planner comes into play. It’s a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then it’s not a full goal and you won’t know how when you have succeeded. An example of a measurable goal would be “I want to deposit into my bank account an additional $250 every two weeks. I’ll accomplish this by writing one sponsored post and selling 5 digital products.”
There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable, where you do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.
Goals should also be achievable or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, know who will be responsible for doing it.
“R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be realistic, or you will fail. If you’re currently making $500 a month blogging and your goal is to increase that to $5,000 in 90 days, that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase it by $300. Once you achieve that goal and are earning $800 a month, you can set a new goal to increase your income by another $500 a month or something similar.
Your goal should also be relevant to your life’s vision and match your values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your long-term life goals. You could instead use that time to reach goals that get you one step closer to actually reaching your life goals. So always ask yourself, if the goal is relevant to your life goals.
TIMELY / TRACKABLE
Having timely and trackable goals is an important part of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved.
This is the first post in my Just a Girl with Goals series. You can find more from the series here.