How I’m Attaining my New Year’s Resolutions through SMART Goals

2019, I’m comin’ for ya: and this time I’m gonna be smart about it (no pun intended). Here are my NY resolutions through SMART goals.

Applying what I learnt from high school and my college years.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions

I wasn’t always one for gym class. In fact, I was your typical non-athletic, overly-studious introvert (if we’re using labels, that is). My grades were fantastic across the board until we hit the topic of “Physical Education.” (It was my lack of participation and also, my fear of getting trampled during football that probably caused that.)

In any case, this streaked followed me into college. The only gym class I ever exceeded in was yoga. (Thank goodness it was offered in post-secondary education.) However, in every one of my physical education courses, there was the implementation of SMART goals. This was an aspect of gym class that I always loved.

SMART goals are a guideline to setting rational objectives and achieving them in a timely manner. In fact, it’s an acronym and outlines each step for goal-setting:

S: Specific
M: Measurable
A: Achievable
R: Relevant
T: Timely

For this new year, I want to apply my resolutions exactly through the SMART goal guideline. I’ve always been one for New Year goals rather than resolutions. I think goal-achieving is a much healthier practice. Resolving all the “wrongs” we’ve experienced from the previous year is less positive and puts an unrealistic pressure on us.

SMART Goals, Explained

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions

Specify your goal, be as descriptive as possible.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions

How will you be measuring your goals? How will you measure their progress? Measurement makes goals more tangible.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Is your goal attainable? It should be challenging but realistic.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Is the goal worthwhile? Is it applicable to your life? Is it something you want to do for yourself? Does it mean a lot to you or do you feel pressured to set this goal?

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
In what timeframe do you want to accomplish your goal?

My SMART Goals for 2019

Back to being a Bookworm

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Pre-motherhood, I was a very avid reader. This year, I want to get back to the books and read 12 for 2019.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
I will log my progress in a journal every week (how far I’ve gotten into the book by pages, chapters, etc.). On a separate page in the journal, I will also list each book once it is completed. By the end of the year, the list should have 12 titles (all of which I will share on the blog).

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
1. Read 30 minutes before bedtime – rather than aimlessly browsing on my phone
2. Read 10-15 minutes during Leo’s naptime, before proceeding to any household chores (or taking a nap, myself!)
3. Bring the book with me wherever I go: when Joe’s driving and we’re headed to visit family or run errands, I can read while we’re on the road.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
I miss reading and I really want to make this a possibility. Also, reading helps reinforce my writing skills, thus further helping my blog and brand.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
To read 12 books in the year. I will read one book a month.

Stop the Fizzy

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Rather than setting an “eat healthier” goal, I want to start by nit-picking at nasty habits that could help with my weight loss:
– Cut the sodas
– 20 minute at-home exercise (daily)

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Health log: I will keep a beverage diary and hold myself accountable by jotting down what I drink in the day. Also, I will keep a log on my daily physical activity routines and what exercises work and don’t work. With the help of a scale, I will also log my weight every week.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
1. I will no longer purchase sodas (which helps with the grocery bill – double win)
2. I will experiment and make a new, healthy drink every week (Some of which I will share on the blog – get ready for smoothies, galore!)
3. Set a specific time, every day for my at-home exercises

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
Ever since giving birth, I have yo-yo’ed with my weight. Despite everybody’s harsh criticisms (more on that on a later blog post), I am doing this to be happy with myself. This is all for me and not to prove anyone wrong.

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions
To lose 15 pounds in 3 months and to re-assess from there

I hope you have a fantastic start to the new year. Have you ever heard of SMART goals?

How to apply SMART goals in order to achieve your New Year's Resolutions

Comments

  1. I need some new goals for this year! I have a couple ideas of what I like to do and I am hoping by the end of the year all of them will be achieved. I really do like what you have written here and I may use this is my inspiration.

  2. Although I don’t subscribe much to resolutions, I am all about setting short term and long term goals and paths to achieve them. Here’s wishing you luck in reaching your goals for the year and Happy New Year!

  3. I love this “smart” way of thinking! And, we have some things in common here. I loathed PhysEd. My goodness. I had to take three classes in one year to make up for the previous failed classes. Ugh.

    Loving your smart goals for the year and I can’t wait to see you thrive!

  4. You have so many great points about making resolutions. I guess I usually only make some goals but nothing specific or serious, when I should be taking them more seriously, yet making sure they are achievable. I want to make a lot of changes this year and I will keep these things in mind.

  5. I love the idea of “smart” goals. I had never really thought about it that way before—mine are usually so vague. I like the idea of being specific and measurable this year!

  6. The SMART system sounds like a clever way to reach your goals! I used to read a lot more, too. My goal has been 52 books a year for a long time. I only reached it once since my son was born. Maybe I’ll drop it down to 24 (two a month) so that I can actually feel accomplished when I reach it instead of disappointed when I don’t.

  7. It’s a great guide. I will use it when I sit and think of my goals for this year. Good luck with your goals 🙂

  8. It’s important to set specific, attainable goals. If you’re too vague it’s definitely hard to attain that.

  9. I gave up soda last year and surprisingly have stuck with it. Probably the first New Years Resolution I’ve ever kept. Nice post about how to be successful with New Years Resolutions. That can be tricky and tough!

  10. Sounds great I have a few goals myself but haven’t really thought much about them. I need to get on that!

  11. I like the way you broke down the goals, trust me I have some goals, I will you in the end of 2019 whether I full filled it or not. Good luck with your goals.

  12. Here’s wishing you much success crushing your goals this year. I read more since I bought an e-reader because now I can read in the dark without disturbing my husband. I cut the soda out by switching to fizzy water instead. I think your goals sound really realistic and achievable.

  13. Well, it’s good to do resolutions but for me it’s all about goal setting. Trying to finish all my goals for the year, it’s for fulfilling and much more formal for me. Good read for New Year!

  14. I love that you make your new years resolution simple and smart. I think the best way to actually make & keep goals is by setting goals you know you can complete in a year. Then you can just replace those goals with new goals, that can always carry on until the next year.

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