Be SMART When You Set Goals

The 80's gave us shoulder pads, permed hair, fluorescent colours and SMART goals. Although we have moved on from the pads and permed hair, SMART goals are still being touted as the way to achieve your targets.

We explain how you can use this tried and tested method in life. Follow the guide below and your goals will be not only achieved but with the right support, mindset, and setup; you will accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

SMART goal acronym:

S is for Specific: When setting goals ensure you are not too vague or ambiguous, describe in detail what it is that you desire to achieve. Specificity means you know exactly what the goal is and what it entails. Be sure to revisit your goals regularly and modify is necessary, just as you would set goals on your WorkScore dashboard.

M is for Measurable: Write down a date, month or specific time of year that you want to have achieved your goal by.

A is for Achievable: Allow yourself enough time and resources to achieve your goals. By limiting yourself, the purpose of the goal-setting exercise is defeated. Create challenges that change you for the better, not the other way around.

R is for Realistic: Wanting a six pack of washboard abs by next month is not something that the average person could achieve realistically. Aim for small changes that will have greater long-term benefits. You want all your hard work to last, not to fade away the day after you achieve the goal.

T is for Timely: Special occasion, fitness event or maybe even a family holiday? These are all great motivational ways to ensure you reach your goals in a timely manner. Keep these events in mind to help you over the hurdles that life throws your way. Write them down and set yourself reminders 1 month, 1 week and 1 day before it occurs.

Points to think about when goal setting:

  • What is your current situation?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • When do you want to achieve this by?
  • Is this something that is mentally and physically achievable?
  • Who is going to help you?
  • Why do you want to achieve these things?

Thinking about the above points and making some short notes below each one can begin your goals setting process. If, after filling these out, you find that you were unrealistic, change your goals. It is never too late to modify!

Top Tip:

Put your goals them where others can see them. This is important to ensure that you are not alone, if you do not feel comfortable doing this, email them to a close friend or supportive family member who will help you stay on track.

Do it for you! By ensuring you are creating and implementing these goals to increase your health, happiness, and wellbeing you are setting yourself up for greater success.