The SMART Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

2020 was a difficult year for everybody so it is no secret we are all looking for a fresh start in 2021. A resolution is the best way to set a goal for yourself to start the new year strong. However, did you know that most resolutions are abandoned by February? I follow the ‘SMART’ system when it comes to accomplishing things.

Specific

Make sure your resolution is specific. It is always easier to follow a goal when you know exactly what it is you want to accomplish.

Measurable

Being able to measure a goal is crucial to keep track of your progression towards fulfilling your resolution. Try to think of your resolution in terms of numbers. For example, instead of saying you will go to the gym more, say you will go to the gym 3 days per week.

Attainable

This part seems obvious, but make sure you set a goal that can actually be accomplished. You will give up on your resolution if it is too out of reach or difficult. It is great to set tough goals, however that can be to a fault.

Realistic

This goes hand-in-hand with attainable and is more theory based. Is it even possible to accomplish the resolution you set?

Time-based

Have a timeline for your goals. It is a good exercise to break yo8ur goal down into checkpoints or sub-goals. When it comes to resolutions, we typically say we will finish our goal by the end of the year. However, that is an easy way to procrastinate until the end of the year. I recommend accomplishing smaller parts of your resolution each month so by the time the year is coming to a close you will have already surpassed your initial resolution.

Congratulations!

You have completed your goal of finishing this blog. Now go reward yourself and enjoy the New year.

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