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Make '08 Great – Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Did you have a chance to make your Vision Board for the New Year yet? This is so much more fun than writing out New Year's Resolutions that get broken before Groundhog Dog.

If you haven't read last week's blog, "Forget Resolutions – Do a Vision Board Instead", you might want to try this before you tackle goals for the New Year. See what emerges from your Vision Board (12" x 20" is a good size). That will make it crystal clear what your smart goals could be for 2008.

Now you're ready for the goal writing. Think of goals as the pathway to you living the life you envisioned on your board. Goals can be tricky, especially if they are written very broadly, such as "I want to get organized", "I'm going to lose weight in '08", or "this is the year I'll buy a house."

While it may sound good at first blush, getting organized, losing weight, and buying real estate are all stated in very general terms.
Let's be smart about our goals and make them S.M.A.R.T. as well.

Make your goals results-based by asking yourself:
1. What do I want to accomplish and what are the results that I expect to achieve?
2. Why do I want to do it?
3. What steps or strategies will I use to accomplish my goal?
4. How will I keep score?

S Specific – give details of what you want to accomplish.

M Measurable – quantify your goals with numbers or degrees of success. Know when you have met your goal.

A Achievable – goals should make you grow and stretch, but at a level you can achieve; make them attainable.

R Relevant/Realistic – think about the time, resources and skills needed.

T Timely – goals should have a time limit.

Here are some examples:

By June 30, move out of my rental and into my first home.

By March 31, complete the living room remodel.

By the end of August, find a new position that has a respectful and professional work environment.

By May 1, weigh 130 pounds.

Sit down and make an appointment with yourself to get crystal clear on the year ahead. If you aren't sure, for example, if you really want to move, your goal could be to investigate that option.

These results-based goals are also called Outcome Goals. They differ from Performance Goals, which are the action STEPS - the how you will get there-the roadmap.

See if you can write 3-8 Outcome Goals that reflect what you put on your vision board. Let them soak in a bit (sleep on those ideas and picture their completion).

Once you are settled on your Outcome Goals, write specific Performance Goals for each.
For example, if you want to weigh 130 pounds by May 1, what Specific Steps need to take place for that to happen.

Make '08 Great – Be S.M.A.R.T!

Until next time…

Making Your Space a Special Place

the R.E.D. team - Reinventing Everyday Designs

posted on: 1/11/2008 3:50:21 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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