Hello everyone! I wanted to wish you a happy new year in 2019, hoping that your dreams come true and that you and your family are in good health!
Who says new year, says resolutions. Every year, when I go back to my list of the resolutions of the year before, I realize that some resolutions have been forgotten since January 2nd or that some of them had no definite purpose.
This year, I decided not to make a list of good resolutions but rather to set real achievable goals.
So how to set achievable goals that may change your life? With SMART goals and a plan of action!
What is a SMART goal?
A SMART goal is a goal that meets the following 5 criteria:
- Specific: the objective must be as precise and comprehensible as possible. It must also belong to you, be your own.
- Measurable: the result must be measurable.
- Achievable: the goal must be within your reach.
- Realistic: The goal is realistic in relation to the time and the means you use to reach it.
- Time-boxed: the objective has an end, it is limited in time.
For example, one of my goals this year is to lose weight, but more specifically to lose around 14 pounds for our vacation that will take place in 5 months. My goal is measurable because it is to lose 6 kilos, it is attainable because I must lose only about 1.5kg per month for 5 months. If my goal had been to lose 14 pounds in 2 months, it would not have been SMART and the diet would have ended up in the water.
This is of course not the only goal I give myself for the year. I advise you to have at least 4 or 5 of them. Do not start them all at the same time. Some will come after those you have already started. For example, I would like to do yoga this year too, but I know that I could not do sports to lose weight AND do yoga at the same time (which would be good) and that’s why the action plan will be essential!
The action plan
Now that you have one or more SMART goals, the next step is to build a plan of action, that is, how will you achieve your goal? If I take back my weight goal for this year, my action plan will be to exercise at least 3 times a week, sign up for Weight Watcher (which I did last year and it worked really well) and take my measurements and weight every week. Regarding the workout, I have a well defined program not to miss session (and make sure to work every muscle groups) and will evolve over time as I get stronger and fitter.
For example, if you want to save money for travel, you will first look at your accounts to see how much you can save per month. And every month, you’ll put a fixed amount (which you’ll set at the beginning) on another account that you’re not going to touch. Since your goal is temporary, you will normally have the amount required on the day to go on your vacation.
And now ?
And now, take a notebook or even a Google Sheet (to find your goals anywhere) and write down a goal and the action plan associated on a page. If your goal is important, complex, do not hesitate to split it in smaller steps. You will find that you will feel that your goal is becoming more and more achievable.
For example, when I started creating my site, I wanted it to be up and running a week later with a first article. So I made a to-do list of all the small steps to make for the site to work.
My goals 2019
In my article on my 25th birthday, I was already talking about some goals. For the trip part, I have a lot of things that are already organized and I must say that I cannot wait! I will also try to travel but in my city this time. Take the time to go for a coffee next door or to see monuments that I never have time to visit.
Regarding well-being, my main goals are regarding diet and regular workouts. Yoga will have to wait, but I intend to start practicing around June.
The organization is going to be a real challenge in 2019. I will continue to make to-do lists because it works really well for me. I also decided to have a set schedules for my work, precisely to have the time to reach all the other objectives.
I also intend to be much more present on social networks and continue to write on this blog. Finally, the last goal I would like to achieve this year is to read at least 2 books a month: a novel and a personal development book.
And you, what are your 2019 goals?