Evaluating and setting goals isn’t just for the new year resolutions. It is important to take time throughout the year to review previous goals, adjust, and make new goals as needed for success.
The SMART goal technique is a great way to move goals from being a concept into an actual thing you can check off your list. The SMART technique helps you evaluate each goal to make sure that it is:
- Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible. The more specific your goal, the more you can define what you need to accomplish.
- Measureable – How will you measure your success? Is your goal a one-time thing or a change in routine?
- Attainable – Is your goal realistic? For example, going from couch potato to marathon runner is not likely to happen (without extensive planning), but going from couch potato to a more active person and a 5k run is possible.
- Relevant – Is your goal relevant? Does it related to your underlying purpose?
- Time Bound – What’s your deadline for accomplishment?
Once your goals are put together, it is important to circle back to check back in and reevaluate from time to time. Having SMART goals won’t help you if you don’t actually work on them!