S.M.A.R.T. Goals

The 2014 Directive is off to a great start this year with 8 amazing women participating in January. Their goals for January range from editing personal photos from 2013, setting a budget, tidying up, and writing content-heavy blog posts. It’s been so fun interacting with these women as they work towards achieving their January goal and I’m super proud of what they’ve achieved to date!

Today we’re reviewing the S.M.A.R.T. methodology which is the method by which The 2014 Directive participants are setting their goals. This method is commonly attributed to Peter Drucker via his “management by objectives” teachings.

If you’ve never heard specifically of “S.M.A.R.T.,” you’ll find instinctively that you already know what you’re about to read. It’s a great way to determine exactly the type of goal to set and how to define your success. Let’s go through each letter individually, then I challenge you to set your own S.M.A.R.T. goal with February’s Directive live next week!

smartgoals

Specific

Targets a specific area of improvement through a macro lens.

Bad Example: Lose weight.

Good Example: Lose 20 pounds.

Measurable

Quantifies success milestones or an indicator of progress.

Bad Example: Lose 20 pounds by eating healthy and exercising.

Good Example: Lose 20 pounds by tracking calories/nutrients everyday and exercising at least 180 minutes/week.

Attainable

Confirms goal is realistic and achievable.

Bad Example: Lose 20 pounds by tracking calories/nutrients everyday and exercising at least 180 minutes/week for 2 weeks using elliptical in basement.

Good Example: Lose 20 pounds by tracking calories/nutrients everyday and exercising at least 180 minutes/week for 20 weeks with a 500 calorie-deficit per day and using a combination of cardio and weight-lifting equipment at the gym.

Relevant

Establishes that goal matters and makes sense.

Bad Example: Lose 20 pounds because I feel like it.

Good Example: Lose 20 pounds because I feel sluggish, am overweight, and desire more energy to spend more time with my family and friends doing activities I love.

Time-Bound

Provides a time frame in which to complete the goal.

Bad Example: Lose 20 pounds by tracking calories/nutrients everyday and exercising at least 180 minutes/week for until my goal weight is achieved.

Good Example: Lose 20 pounds by tracking calories/nutrients everyday and exercising at least 180 minutes/week for 20 weeks with a 500 calorie-deficit per day and using a combination of cardio and weight-lifting equipment at the gym.

Interested to hear more about The 2014 Directive and join in for February? Read this page and download this participant planner to set your own S.M.A.R.T. goals! The February link-up will be live in exactly one week on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Can’t wait for you to join!

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