New Year’s Resolutions and SMART Goals

New Year. New goals. Welcome 2017! I’ve mentioned it before but it’s worth repeating: set SMART goals. Too often, I hear goals that are vague and ill-defined. At a minimum, make them measurable with a defined due date.

From our friends at Wikipedia, here’s the original definition of SMART goals:

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it (alternatively, use achievable to denote goals that can be accomplished).
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Take each New Year’s resolution you have and make sure they follow the SMART goals format — it’s worth it. Here’s to a great new year.

What else? What are some more thoughts on New Year’s resolutions and SMART goals?

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