As we pass the mid-point of 2017, now is a good time to evaluate the resolutions you set months ago. Sometimes we tend to create goals that are too broad, such as “eat better” or “lose weight”. Rather than focusing on the end goal, it can help to break it down into steps.
Crafting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you make positive changes that have staying power – here’s how:
Specific: Instead of a vague objective such as “manage stress”, come up with a specific action item, such as “do a 3-minute breathing exercise before work and before bed.”
Measurable: How will you know if you reach your goal? Track your progress in a journal or calendar.
Attainable: If you’ve been sedentary and want to start exercising it’s best to start with something you know you can do, like a 15-minute walk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and build on your progress.
Relevant: Do your goals align with your interests and values? Don’t just take up running because your best friend is a runner. Go with something you love and really enjoy, like walking or swing dancing.
Time-specific: Rather than setting a goal to meditate for 15 minutes, 3 times a week for eternity, set an end-point – say, one month. When you reach that goal, assess your progress, make adjustments and set another short-term goal.
It’s never too late in the year to revise your resolutions and establish goals you can achieve.