Hey guys,

most of you (and also me) have goals for this school year or month or 2018. It's pretty hard to achieve them and stick to the plan you had. At first you're really motivated but it gets more difficult every day to stay strong. That's why it's important to enunciate your goals. There's one method I really like and I helped me a lot, because I thought through my goals and worked out what I truly want to achieve.

SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting.

To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

  • Specific (simple and significant)
  • Measurable (meaningful and motivating)
  • Achievable (agreed and attainable)
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced)
  • Time bound (time-based and time limited)
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1. Specific

Be clear and specific or you won't be able to focus your efforts or truly motivated to achieve your goals.

Try to answer these "W"-questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved?
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2. Measurable

Only when you're goals are measurable, you can track your progress. You see that you already achieved something and you stay motivated.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?
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3. Achievable

Your goal should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.

Questions that might help you getting this one right:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?
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4. Relevant

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals.

A relevant goal can answer "yes" to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match my other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
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5. Time bound

Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. It helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

Questions that might help you getting this one right:

  • When?
  • Until when?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?
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Here are some examples for goals turned to SMART goals:

In 2018 I want to work out more.
Better: In 2018 I want to work out 2 times per week for an hour.

In 2018 I want to eat healthier.
Better: In 2018 I want to junk food at most ones a week and I want to eat three portions of fruits or vegetable a day.

I hope you all achieve what you want to and maybe this was a little help. It's really not difficult and for me it is a big help. Just go over your goals and rethink if they are SMART goals!