We have already entered into the new year, and you must have set many goals to achieve in 2022. But how many goals did you actually achieve in 2021? Were you able to stay consistent in achieving those goals? Did your goals feel overwhelming? Were your goals too unrealistic to achieve? Did your goals feel irrelevant to you after a while?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, You need to create a consistent system to boost your ability to achieve those goals. You can create such a system through a SMART goal-setting strategy. The SMART goal framework keeps goals achievable and helps you to stay on track to accomplish your goals.
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What is SMART Goal Setting?
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals.
S: Specific – Setting a specific and precise goal over a general statement. Break down your goal into small and detailed steps. How are you planning to achieve this specific goal? It will help you to focus on your health goal.
For example – If your goal is to “get healthy” in 2022. You can break it down like –
- Losing 15 pounds in 2022
- Exercising four times a week
- Planning nutritious and healthy meals each week.
M: Measurable – You need to track your goals. Decide how often you are going to track it. Set a measurable goal for yourself. It is important to set measurable goals to actively monitor, and track your progress.
For example –
- Walking for a half-hour five days a week. Then write your daily activity to track the process.
- Eating 5 servings of vegetables every day.
A: Achievable – How many times have we set unrealistic goals for ourselves? Countless times, right? But in 2022, you should set goals that you can do. To achieve your goals, make them ambitious but achievable.
For example, an achievable, realistic goal will be to lose 5 pounds in one month.
R: Relevant – A Relevant goal is the one that will be significant and pertinent to you as it is now. You should never set your goals from what you think you should do. Choose the goal which you will have time and resources to achieve.
For example – You set the goal to exercise for one hour five times a week. But do you have the time and physical capacity to do a one-hour workout routine? If not, you have to set a goal that is doable and relevant to you.
T: Time-bound – A time-bound goal has a deadline to it. Goals that do not have any starting and endpoint are much easier to put off. You need to give yourself sufficient time to achieve these goals and set smaller goals to achieve goals in short periods.
For example – Your goal is to lose 15 pounds till October 2022, then break down this goal too – losing 5 pounds by April, losing 4 pounds by July, and the remaining 6 by October.
After setting your SMART goals, it is also essential to evaluate your progress often. You can also adjust them as needed to achieve your health goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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