When the new year comes around, it gets you thinking about what you want to achieve in the months ahead. One way to make sense of it all and get some structure in your life is to set a few goals, both personal and professional. I like to use the SMART criteria for goal setting. Under this method, when setting your goals they should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Using this method will also create good ongoing habits. I’ll elaborate on this a bit further:
Specific: Clearly defining what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve and when you’re going to achieve it. For example: This year I want to lose 5 kg in weight so I can look and feel great in time for my wedding on the 1st of July.
Measurable: Once you write down a goal, determine next how you’re going to achieve it. Make yourself accountable and measure your progress. So from the example above, the ‘how’ would be, how many times do you need to exercise per week to achieve your weight loss goal by 1st July? How many calories do you need to limit yourself to each day? These small steps make the bigger picture more realistic.
Attainable: If your goals are unrealistic, there’s little chance you’ll achieve them. If you make your goal a stretch and have measurable indicators that can break down its attainability, then there’s a higher probability of you achieving those goals and growing through the process.
Relevant: When thinking about a goal’s relevance, think about where it sits in what you’re currently trying to achieve. If your goal is to lose weight, then why is it relevant? Most likely because it’ll get you looking better and feeling great in time for that big wedding day! If it’s not relevant to what you’re trying to achieve then you’ll most likely lose motivation.
Timely: This one’s pretty straightforward. Without any set timeframes, a goal has no urgency. Goal progress needs to not only monitored but also review regularly. Depending on the goal, weekly, fortnightly or monthly reviews may be suitable. Consider putting together a review calendar on Microsoft Excel to track your progress and update your notes.
Ok, so back to 7 Goals To Set In 2019. Here’s some examples in no particular order for you to apply the SMART criteria to!
Live a healthier lifestyle
Without good health you have nothing! So after a busy festive season, now’s the time to cut back on the alcohol and junk food and get back on track. This might be eating less than 1,800 calories a day from Monday to Friday, and then allowing a small blowout on the weekends. I like to follow the 80/20 rule for most of the week, apart from the weekend where you might have an event, function or a special night out.
Exercise more regularly
Are you under the pump from work life, family life and don’t have much spare time? Try and incorporate 30 mins of exercise each day. I know that’s easier said than done, so if you can’t do it every day, try doing 15 minutes of meditation in the morning when you first wake up to clear the mind and regain focus for the day ahead.
Further my development
With the online world at your fingertips, there’s so many courses available to further one’s development. Do you want to sell things online? Then consider an e-commerce course. Do you want that big promotion at work? Then see what relevant courses your employer will pay for an sign up. Do you want to discover yourself? Then go on a retreat! Just ensure you set attainable, measurable and relevant goals.
Take an overseas holiday
Have you been hanging to take that overseas trip? Work out what’s required for you to reach that goal. Do you need $10,000 for the holiday? If so, then how much do you need to save each week or month to afford that break? Travel opens you up to new experiences that you simply don’t get staying at home. Being in situations where you are forced to learn about people and their cultures has great benefits. It opens up the mind, provides knowledge and puts things into perspective. Dig out the RayBan glasses, book something and go travel!
Spend more time with the family
With the busy world that we live in, getting time with your partner/wife/family is always a tough one. In this digital age, there’s a lot of employers will to let their staff work from home every now and then. See if you can negotiate this once a week or at least once a fortnight. If not, try and have two to four days per month that you leave the office earlier so you can get home and spend some quality time with the family.
Learn something new
We’re all creatures of habit with the typical day being from 8-5. Breaking this habit can be difficult but can also have large benefits. By learning something new, this can give you a fresh perspective on life in general. Meeting new people, creating new networks, taking up a sport or joining a club all have its benefits. One of those is gaining new knowledge. Learning new things allows you open up more topics of conversation, network better and improve your own personal growth along with increasing your self-esteem.
Contribute to a charity
There’s no greater reward than the gift of giving. Sign up to a charity, or spend a day or two a month giving back to your community. You will feel a huge sense of accomplishment and reward and it will help you see life in a more positive light.
I’d love to hear what goals you have planned for 2019, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line in the comments below!