It’s time to learn about using the SMARTER goal method. Have you been struggling to reach your goals? Do you often just feel like a hamster on a wheel? Well, it might be time to sit down and write down what it is you actually want to achieve.
In fact, the simple act of just sitting down and writing it could help get even closer to making the goal a reality. According to psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthews, if you write goals down on a daily basis, you are 42% more likely to achieve them.
Creating a SMARTER Goal
One strategy to write your goals down in an organized way is using the SMARTER goal method. Smart goals originated from George Duran in the 1980’s and were designed to help people in the workplace organize their goals.
So how exactly do you create a SMARTER goal? Where do you even start? What I tell my students is to focus on what they want to achieve in 3-6 months. For me, that’s a tangible timeline that makes achieving something much more realistic and likely.
First, decide what it is you are trying to accomplish. Let’s take my 3-6 month goal for my online business. I would like to continue building multiple income streams that will help me on my debt-free journey. Now, if I just stop there, then I haven’t really created a strong path to the finish line.
Using the SMARTER goal method – So, let’s take a look at George Duran’s method
SMARTER Goals have these main components:
S – Specific
Be clear about your intentions and the outcome you wish to achieve. Think about little details.
M – Measurable
It is SOOOO important to have a way to measure whether or not you reach your goals. So, this part requires deciding how you will know if you are getting closer to your goal.
A – Achievable or Attainable
For this element, it is essential to make sure your goal is possible. I do believe anything is possible, but not everything is possible in the timeframe you are hoping to achieve in it. For example, if I wanted to go and be an astronaut now, then I would have a LOT of training and learning to do.
R – Realistic
On that same level, being realistic is necessary. Yes, go for your dreams, but make sure that the goal is something that matches your personality and other important things in your life.
T – Timebound
When do you want to reach your goal? I have many goals, and I like to create both short and long-term goals with a deadline.
E – Evaluate
Ultimately, it is important to know whether you reached your goal. Once the timeline approaches, make sure that you have measured your progress and know if you will reach it. Then…
R – Reward and/or Revise
After evaluating your progress, this is the time to give yourself a reward for reaching your goal or revise it and make it more realistic.
Making my goal SMARTER
So, now how can I take my goal of building my online business and becoming debt-free and make it SMARTER?
Here is my goal statement:
I will grow my personal brand and business by the end of 2022 to $10,000/month in income. I will achieve this by publishing 2-4 blog posts per month, 1-2 YouTube videos per month, and promoting my digital products on Tik Tok, Facebook, and Etsy. Furthermore, I will post my academic and goal setting consulting services in conjunction with at least one online time management course.