This is the time of year when many of us have great resolve to set resolutions for the New Year. Before you get too heavily into that I urge you to reconsider. Statistically, more than half of us abandon our resolutions before the month of January is out. Why? It’s simply too much pressure to put on yourself. That’s the first reason. The second is that many of us set vague resolutions such as, “I want to blog more.” In order to help your resolutions — scratch that — your New Year’s Intentions work they need to be S.M.A.R.T. intentions. What is S.M.A.R.T.?
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time based
The example above, “I want to blog more” doesn’t fit the SMART goal pattern. Why? It’s not specific. Saying I want “to blog three times a week” is better because it’s Specific. “Blog more…” more than what? More than whom? More than… see it’s too vague. When you add in the “three times a week” you have made it Measurable. Is it Attainable? Only you will know what your bandwidth is. Is blogging “three times a week” Realistic for you? Again, only you will know for sure. “Blogging three times a week” is definitely Time-Based especially if you mean a seven day week.
Now you can see that “I want to blog more” is not a SMART goal, but “I want to blog three times a week” is.
As we kick off 2016 one of my SMART goals is to “blog once a week” on my own blog. My client’s blogs get so much attention and so many new blog posts, that I am like the cobbler whose children have holey shoes. This year my blog will be loved as much as my client’s blogs are.
What SMART goals are you setting for yourself? If they have to do with time/task management, please reach out and let’s see how we can work together!
What do you need to help your business grow to new heights in 2016?