Lesson Three: Make Your Goals SMART (Part 2 of 2)

We covered S and M in our last lesson, and now it's time to move on to the A-R-T. At the end of this lesson, you're going to have a clear, achievable goal, and be ready to go get it done.

Attainable

An attainable goal should be something you have control over. Yes, that means ‘win the lottery’ probably isn’t the best goal!

Realistic

The last time I tried to blog, I wanted to blog five times a week. I failed, and looking back, I’m not surprised. Five full posts a week for a busy law student probably wasn’t the best idea I had, and I don’t want to make the same mistake.

I’m not telling you to tone down on your dreams - I’m telling you to be ambitious and realistic at the same time. Getting your dream job in one month may not be realistic, but you can make it possible by giving yourself a reasonable time frame, and setting specific, achievable goals each step of the way. You could, for example, plan to discuss career progression with your boss this week, and aim to take on a big project next month; you could plan to take an online course to improve your skill set. All these smaller, realistic goals will bring your ‘big goal’ that much closer and make that an Achievable Goal.

Something to ask yourself while you think about whether your goal is realistic is also whether you are challenging yourself. This is a very individual question, and personal to yourself.

For me, writing two blog posts a week and sticking to a schedule is a challenge. For a full-time blogger, that could be a piece of cake!

So take the time to weigh whether your goal is realistic and challenging enough.

Time-bound

The best way to hold yourself accountable is to set a timeframe. Again, ask whether it is realistic. It’s perfectly fine to set a longer timeframe if you feel that is what you need, as long as you stick to it.

When it comes to something like blogging consistently or living healthily, it’s more of an on-going thing. If you miss a step, take it as a chance to try again rather than as a failure. Set weekly goals so that you always have an aim. Remember that you are trying to better yourself!

Today's actionable task: make your goal attainablerealistic, and timebound

Keep on working on your SMART worksheet, goal-getter.

 

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