No Resolutions, Just Goals

I used to write resolutions; tired ideas like “lose weight,” “take better care of myself,” “get organized.” We have all started many a New Year with these kinds of resolutions, haven’t we? In 2008, we started using SMART goals for ourselves and for clients and I’m finding it useful to apply the principles to all facets of life. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Reasonable and Time-bound. This year, instead of resolutions I’m writing SMART goals for myself. Sure, they’re based on the same ideas I’ve resolved to change/fix/improve in my life, but the way they’re written says how I’m going to get there, by when and ascribes a specific reference point to let me know when that goal has been achieved. Smart, eh?

Here’s an example: previously, a resolution of mine would have been “lose weight.” The SMART goal for this resolution looks like this:

I will lose 15 lbs. by May 1, 2009 by walking and/or exercising three to five times a week, eliminating sugar from and adding more fiber to my diet and eating smaller portions.

Seems very possible to achieve, doesn’t it? And, I’ll know whether I’ve made it or not. If I’m not doing the Actionable items, I’ll know why I didn’t achieve the goal.

Try it – what resolutions can you rewrite as SMART goals?   

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I'm a public relations professional, social media consultant and work-at-home-mom living and working in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Marijean Jaggers and this is my blog.
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10 Responses to No Resolutions, Just Goals

  1. What a great idea. I’m going to try it.

  2. Forgetfulone says:

    I don’t make resolutions, either. That’s not to say they’re bad, but I also prefer to set goals as I go along. Happy new year!

  3. Kathy G says:

    That’s how I learned to write classroom goals back when I was in college…a couple of decades ago 🙂

  4. Mike Murphy says:

    I don’t make resolutions, but I have lost 19 pounds since Thanksgiving (on purpose). i was getting pretty disgusted with my physical shape (too round) and decided to do something about it.

  5. Michelle Cox says:

    Great post, Marijean. I may have to do this myself.

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  7. Your New Year’s resolutions are very professional… (SMART-Y).

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