Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Setting SMART Goals: How To Get Yourself Ready for 2017

It’s already upon us. The New Year is just around the corner and this time you are determined to make it your best yet!

We want to help you get started out on the right foot. That’s way we are encouraging you to set your 2017 New Year’s resolutions the “SMART” way. If you do, you are giving yourself the best chance of staying motivated, making progress, and accomplishing your goals.  

What are “SMART” Goals?

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. These are the action words that, when applied to a goal, give you the tools for success.

Let’s take a look at how each of these tools will help you reach your new 2017 goals.

S = Specific

When a goal doesn’t get met, many times it is because you begin with only a vague idea. Instead, start with a very specific and desired end result. Determine the required course of action that you need to take in order to get you what you want. This way, you will have a much higher chance of success.

M = Measurable

Break your goal into measurable steps. Focus on accomplishing one step at a time. Decide the best way to measure (or track) your progress and then do it.

A = Achievable

How do you make your goal achievable? Do you need to shift a priority, work more hours (or fewer), focus on a needed skill, or offer yourself a reward? Figure out what will help get you closer to your goal. Work it into your plan.  

R = Realistic

Many people make the mistake of having expectations that are too high or setting lofty goals which are unlikely to be achieved. Doing this leaves you with the feeling of discouragement. Don’t do this to yourself!

Instead of focusing on wishes or hopes, decide on a goal that you are willing to work for and is within your reach. Focus on your strengths!

T = Time-Bound

Plan in advance and give yourself a deadline. Create a specific schedule to follow for reaching your goal. This way you will be consistently working and continually progressing, keeping you motivated and on track to meet your deadline.

Bonus Tips for Reaching Your Goals

Here are a few BONUS tips to help you reach your goals.

Write down the following lists and prioritize each item according to what is most important and relevant (these lists and priorities may fluctuate throughout the year):

  • A Master List: This is everything that you want to do at some point in the future.

  • A Monthly List: This is created at the end of the month, for the next month. You may transfer items off of your master list and add it here.

  • A Weekly List: This is your plan for your entire week in advance. It can be fluid but gives you a good base from which to plan.

  • A Daily List: This is where you transfer your monthly and weekly to-do items. It can also be adjusted as needed.

You can create and track these lists easily when you use a personal planner designed specifically for Moms-On-The-Go or Mormon Moms.

By starting each day with an organized, thought-out plan, you are giving yourself the opportunity of turning your resolutions into reality.

Check out our new, highly functional and inspirational 2017 planners!

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