The countdown is on to the new year. At this time of year, you are probably thinking about your new year’s resolutions and setting goals for the new year. I know that’s the case for me.
I have thought about things I accomplished this year and where I fell short. Ultimately, I am happy but it’s time to get back to the drawing board as I think about 2019.
Before you decide what you will target, pick a few bucket areas of your life to pull from. For me, my buckets will be financial, fitness/competition and personal. What are yours?
Got the bucket areas? Now let’s walk through the five steps in selecting goals.
5 tips to select goals for the new year:
To make your goal S.M.A.R.T., it needs to be : Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific. What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the better the chance you will get exactly what you want to achieve.
A common goal leading into the new year is get healthier or be fitter. That’s nice but that’s too general. There are so many ways to get healthy and fitter. How do you want to do it? Start exercising? Eating more vegetables? Going to the gym?
Pick something you can target. For example, “I will lose weight.”
Measurable. A goal to lose weight is not specific enough. How will you track it and when will you know that you have achieved it?
Make this part of the goal something you can put a number to. For example. “I want to lose 10 pounds this year.” Or “I want to drop 2 inches in my hips”
Attainable. Do you have the time, money or talent to reach a certain goal? That doesn’t mean you can’t take something that seems impossible and make it happen by planning for it.
To lose weight, do you have the time to devote to working out at home or the gym? Will you take your lunch to work several times a week?
Relevant. Set goals that match your lifestyle. Are you motivated by the goal you set? You want to lose 10 pounds before your class reunion in September or you want to lose 10 pounds before your friend’s wedding in June.
Timely. When do you want to reach the goal by? We all know that deadlines make most people jump to action. So install deadlines, for yourself and go after them. Yet, keep the timeline realistic.
Now that you have walked through the steps, let’s put some action to help you reach the goal.
- I will bring my lunch to work 4 days a week.
- I will walk 5 days a week for 30 minutes.
- I will drink a glass of water before every meal.
One of my big goals for 2019
My financial bucket will be the largest this year.
In that bucket, I have decided to put more money in my savings account this year without touching it for this or that. I have a certain amount of money a month I will deposit into my credit union account. This year I tried to do the 52 week challenge. I followed it for a few months but when competition season came around, I spent the money on things I needed to compete.
I will also pay off two outstanding items on my credit report.
What other tips do you have for setting goals?