How to be rubbish at New Year resolutions: #02

SMART Objectives - how to design better objectives

SMART Objectives - how to design better objectivesLast week I wrote about your long term plans and goals helping to shape your new year resolutions (NYRs). As January draws on you perhaps you’re…


Before you get offended and stop reading, I’m not describing your intelligence levels! SMART is a tool for writing objectives which I’ve written about before, and stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.

If you set a NYR that is “get fit”, or “give up smoking”, what does this mean? It’s very hard to know if you’re achieving your goals or not. Motivation is reduced, engagement drops and hey presto! You quit.

Rather than choosing a NYR like “get fit”, make it more like: “Go to the gym once a week, doing cardio and weights for two months, with a plan to increase this once I’m used to it”. I don’t know about you, but I prefer this kind of objective and find it much easier to keep.

Making your resolutions realistic, and giving yourself a time target is a good move – making your NYRs easier to track and you can understand whether you are achieving your objectives.

Make sure you set resolutions that meet the SMART criteria, and I promise you will find them easier to keep! What are your NYRs? Comment below and let me know!

Author: Oliver Gearing

Oliver Gearing is a beatboxing, acoustic looping, 38 year old father of 3. Sounds like an electrocuted version of Elbow

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