These are my exact tips for how to write smart goals and have a manageable list of goals you’ll actually complete!
Whether you’re a champ at goal-making or wondering how to write smart goals effectively for the first time ever, you’re in the right place.
When you have measurable goals that you consistently work on, there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your dreams. Seriously!
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This post is all about how to write smart goals you’ll actually complete.
Write Smart Goals
I love writing goals for the year, the month, and the week (you can call me a little neurotic…) — goal setting is one of my favorite activities!
Sincerely, I consider it a personality trait at this point. And while I have big untethered big dreams, I like to keep my goals focused and to the point.
And that’s what writing smart goals is all about! So let’s dig in a little deeper —
What does SMART goals stand for?
If you’re not familiar with the SMART goals acronym, I’ve got you covered. SMART goals are:
Detailed, focused, not vague. You need to know exactly what the goal is and what it means to you!
There has to be a way for you to gauge your progress. You need to have benchmarks or visuals to see how far you’ve come.
This feels like a no-brainer but your goals should be achievable. That’s the whole point, and if you’re keeping unattainable goals, then you should re-evaluate your priorities.
Going hand in hand with achievable, they have to be realistic. I like to say that you should dream big always but when it comes to making goals, you have to be realistic and meet where you are now.
Lastly, making your goals time-based is crucial. What’s the timeframe you wish to achieve this goal? Knowing this will help you stay accountable and consistent when working on a goal (hellooooo there’s a reason we have deadlines at work).
How do you write smart goals and objectives?
So where do you start? What does the “ideal” goal look like?
I find that writing short-term goals are easier when you know what some of your yearly goals are. By knowing what you wish to accomplish in a year, you might find more direction each month on what needs your attention.
Let’s do an example —
I want to achieve more financial freedom this year, then my monthly goals might look like this:
- Pay an extra $100 towards my credit card debt every month.
- Put at least $50 in my retirement fund every paycheck (bi-weekly).
- Limit spending on eating out to $75 a week.
Notice how all those goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based even though the original goal is pretty vague (“achieve more financial freedom”).
This isn’t to keep you from having wild dreams but rather, this is an actionable way to make progress and work towards them.
Here’s another example —
I want to show more gratitude in my life, then my monthly goals might look like this:
- Journal every morning and include 5 things I am grateful for today.
- Call at least one friend once a week and catch up with them.
- Send a thank you card after receiving a gift.
With these, you’ll notice there are less specific numbers (compared to the financial goals above) however they are still just as measurable.
Take a moment to write 3 smart goals you’d like to complete this month, and write 2 smart goals you could complete weekly.
See how much more progress you make when you are as focused on your goals!
This post was all about how to write smart goals you’ll actually complete.
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