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?