SMART Goals - Part 2

It's that time of year! Most of us find ourselves making the list of accomplishments we want to achieve in 2017. This week we will be discussing some ways to set better goals--using the SMART acronym.  SMART stands for Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Oriented.  We hope you find this helpful as you carefully consider your resolutions for the New Year.

Measurable

Yesterday Christy discussed how to make our goals Simple. How to take big goal and simplify it so it doesn't set us up for failure. The next thing we want to do with our goals is to make them Measurable.

By making our goals Measurable, we're breaking down the Simple goal into Measurable numbers. For example, when following a recipe when cooking, the recipe does NOT say "add flour" or "add milk". The recipe says measurable amounts such as "add 3/4 cup of flour" or "add 2/3 cup of milk".

By making our goals Measurable, it helps us know when we're on the right track and when we're not. So, if losing 10 pounds is the Simple goal, the Measurable part of the goal would be to specify:

  • how many ounces of water will I consume in a day?
  • what is the max amount of calories I will intake in a day?
  • how long will I exercise?
  • how many days in a week will I exercise?

Hopefully you can see that breaking a goal down into measurable parts will help set us up for success. Tomorrow Emily will discuss how to make our goals Achievable. Thank you for reading!

Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.