Ah, New Years. The time to make a list of goals, aka fancy resolutions, work on them really hard for a week or two, and then forget they ever existed. The problem isn’t that you had forgotten them. The problem is that they were unattainable.
Any goal – and yes, that means New Years resolutions – should be SMART. You’ve probably heard this term before, but if not, I’ll break it down. A SMART goal is: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. It’s a goal so realistic and clear that the chances of you meeting it are 85% (not a scientific number, but you get it).
Let’s go over SMART goals and do an example together:
To make a specific goal, ask yourself three fundamental questions: Who is it for? What is it? Identifying these things can help to give your goal meaning. This also helps to define the rest.
How do you know if you’re working towards the goal? How do you know once you’ve accomplished it? This is a number you can put in place so you can see how far you’ve gotten.
An achievable goal is a realistic goal. As much as some of us would like to buy a private island and retire within 3 months, that’s not entirely realistic. Planning a nice vacation but the end of the year is more like it.
So, you have this goal for yourself that you’re doing because of x, y, z. But is it relevant? How is it going to better/help you? Why are you doing it?
All great things must come to an end. Including our goals. Even long-term goals have end dates. By defining a timeframe for you to accomplish it, you are able to stay on track to.
So now that you know what SMART goals are, let’s do one together by starting with a general overview.
General New Years Resolution: I want people to read my blog.
I want to increase the numbers of subscribers to my blog.
I want to increase the number of subscribers to my blog from 0 to 50.
As this blog is new, I want to increase my subscriber count by having at least 4 new subscribers each month.
Increasing my subscriber count by at least 4 each month to get to 50 allows me to know that I am producing quality content and downloadables for people to enjoy.
I will have gained at least 4 subscribers a month for a total of 50 subscribers by the end of 2022 as a sign of quality content and downloadables that people are enjoying.
SMART New Years Resolution: By increasing my subscriber count by at least 4 new subscribers every month, I will have a total of 50 subscribers with weekly quality content and monthly downloadables.
Easy peasy? I know!
From here, you can design ways to accomplish your goals. I sort-of did this in the final version – quality weekly content and monthly downloadables. And, further, you can come up a plan on how to achieve them!
Weekly content and monthly downloadables is just the tip of the iceberg for my goal/resolution. The other part of my plan would be to market my blog on social media, word of mouth, and keep up with my SEO.
Much like if a goal was to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 out of 7 days a week, you would plan maybe scheduling a 15-minute walk in the morning and and another walk in the evening, going to the gym/sports for half an hour on another day, and doing an at-home 30-minute workout the next.
I used to struggle meeting my goals and resolutions until I was introduced to this method. I realized that my goals beforehand were so generalized (I want people to read my blog; I want to be more active) that I didn’t bother to flesh out what exactly it was I wanted and how to do it. I would lose motivation, focus, and, eventually, forgot about my goals altogether.
This New Years, my resolutions are going to be SMART. Here’s what I’m aiming to do:
- By increasing my subscriber count by at least 4 new subscribers every month, I will have a total of 50 subscribers with weekly quality content and monthly downloadables.
- I will better my physical health and be active for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 out of 7 days a week, by working out, going for walks, and doing yoga and will measure my time on my watch.
And, something really important to say, is that if you happen to not meet your goal, that’s okay.
Don’t meet it? No big. Write down or take a mental note of what kept you from crossing the finish line. Try again, taking what it was into account. Maybe you didn’t think about how you had gotten knocked down with a cold or perhaps a work emergency came up or maybe your schedule just got too busy.
Again, life happens.
Write down or take a mental note of what kept you from crossing the finish line. Try again, taking what it was into account.
For now, it was so great to go over this with you guys. I hope this information helps you when it comes not just to your New Years resolutions, but to any goal in your life, as well. Feel free to comment your resolutions below! I’d love to hear!
Hi, I’m Jade Madison!
When I am blogging, I work to bring you quality lifestyle and personal content, as well as printables to make your life easier.