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.
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:
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
Specify your goal, be as descriptive as possible.
How will you be measuring your goals? How will you measure their progress? Measurement makes goals more tangible.
Is your goal attainable? It should be challenging but realistic.
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?
In what timeframe do you want to accomplish your goal?
My SMART Goals for 2019
Back to being a Bookworm
Pre-motherhood, I was a very avid reader. This year, I want to get back to the books and read 12 for 2019.
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).
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.
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.
To read 12 books in the year. I will read one book a month.
Stop the Fizzy
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)
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.
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
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.
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?