S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2018!

I know, I know. Christmas isn’t even here yet… you can’t possibly be thinking about plans for 2018 yet. Well, I am. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a planner girl, and I love goals! I love setting goals, working on them, and most-of-all reaching them! And I’m inviting you to do that with me for this next year.

This week we will talk about two different acrostics for goal-setting. I’ve already shared with you my Word of the Year,  and I will also share with you some new year’s resolutions and plans I’m working on.

I think it’s important to start thinking and praying about what goals you might want to work on for the upcoming year now. It’s only two weeks away, after all. I am still working on my planner for 2018, but I did print out this handy 2018 Goal-Setting Workbook.

What are some habits you’d like to form? What are some things you’d like to accomplish? Start big, and then you can break it down into smaller goals.

Some people like to use the S.M.A.R.T. acrostic for goal setting…. that is… goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. For example – last year one of my goals was to “Lose Weight”. That’s a pretty common New Year’s Goal.

I broke down that larger goal into smaller “tasks” that I could work on each month. I started by going to the gym and making it a habit. The gym intimidated me, honestly, but as a member classes were free so I started there and tried to make three classes per week. And that was my task for the month of January. That was it. My first “specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound” task of my goal.

So I thought of it like this building blocks…. each month I would add a new block or habit or task into reaching my goal, and this worked well for me. I used my planner to track my progress… so I was able to see how the various tasks of my big goal were measured and attained in the time-frame given.

Goal: Lose Weight

January – 3 Gym Classes per week

February – 3 Gym Classes per week
Track my Water Intake

March – 3 Gym Classes per week
Track my Water Intake
Replace carbs with healthier versions

April – 3 Gym Classes per week
Track my Water Intake
Replace carbs with healthier versions plus
Start a Macronutrient Diet Plan

You get the picture. So take whatever your big goal is, and break it down into smaller pieces so that it’s actually attainable for you. Think about the different areas and aspects on your life when making your goals.

Here are some examples…
(not necessarily all mine – just some I thought of on the fly here… I’ll be sharing mine soon.)
Personal Goals – Read 12 books in 2018. Start a blog or a podcast. Learn how to sew. Learn how to play the ukelele.
Spiritual Goals – Establish habit of quiet time & Bible study. Read through the One Year Bible. Start keeping a prayer journal.
Self-Care Goals – Plan one off-day per quarter to do something that rejuvenates me. Establish the habit of “sabbath”. Do something for myself each week.
Health – Establish the habit of going to the gym. Make a lifestyle of eating healthy. Plan mine and my family’s wellness appointments for the year.
Relationship Goals – Study the personality types of those closest to me and pray about how to get along better with those people. Plan date nights each month. Plan one-on-one “dates” with each of my children.
Church Goals– Join a team. Lead a small group.
Work Goals– Be punctual. Meet deadlines. Encourage others around me.
Financial Goals – Increase my tithe. Increase my savings. Pay off a debt entirely.

In my next post, I will share with you another acrostic for goal-setting. It’s called “Whoopie”, and it’s now one of my favorites.

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