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S.M.A.R.T Goals & 5 Ways to help you achieve them!

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By now most of us know setting goals is a good way to get where & what you want, we also know that these goals should be S.M.A.R.T goals! But if you are like most you write them down at the beginning of the year and then forget all about them… Well we have 5 ways to help you remember and achieve your goals this year!

But before we get into achieving your goals let’s quickly review the S.M.A.R.T method!



S – Specific

Are your goals something like ‘Complete my Diploma of Project Management’? If so you need to get more specific! Break down that main goal into smaller goals e.g. Create a study plan & stick to it OR Complete 2 sections of my workbook each night…


M – Measurable

Make your goals measurable! When it comes to actually having to complete the goals, you will need to be able to see how you are going, have a checklist or a whiteboard marked with daily reminders.


A – Achievable

Your goals must be achievable, really think about doing what is needed to achieve this goal, think about how long it may take and set an achievable timeframe e.g. If the last workbook took you a month to complete, don’t set your goal to complete more than 1 a month and if you know you are on holiday for April remember that you most likely won’t be studying or completing any work/study goals on holiday, so set your time frames in line with what is happening with your work & personal life!


R – Realistic

Now I am all about dreaming BIG! But you need to remember if you set your goals too high to start with you may be disappointed and get discouraged from the whole goal setting process… Your main goal may be to become a successful business owner making millions of dollars, and of course this is achievable… But this (most likely) won’t happen overnight or even by the end of the month… starting by breaking this big goal into smaller realistic goals will help you stay on track and motivated.


T – Time-bound  

So you have set your goals and they comply with all of the above… what now?  Set a time limit! This will help you stay on track and let you know if you have achieved your goal or not… e.g. think about your smaller goals, like completing each unit of your Diploma, now calculate how long each of these will take and set your end date! E.g. I will complete my Diploma of Project Management by December 1st 2014

So now you have set your S.M.A.R.T goals how can you stay accountable? Here are our 5 ways to achieve your goals this year…


1. Write it down! 

Writing down your goals is a good way to get what you want out of your head and into a plan. Think – Goal Diaries, Whiteboards, checklists – these tools will help you stay on track and keep you motivated to succeed.


2. Get Crafty!

I love this part! Creating visual reminders helps to keep your mind focused on what you want to achieve. A few ideas are – Inspiration boards (sticking pictures, quotes and visual reminders of your goals on a board you will see every day), Motivational posters, colourful post it notes with reminders or inspirational quotes! These methods are a great way to stay accountable as you are reminded every time you see them.

3. Use your phone!

Most people’s lives are in their smart phone these days, if this is you, why not use it to your advantage, download checklist apps such as – Wunderlist or Todoodle and/or set reminders in your calendar to stay on track. Reminders and checklists are a great way to stay on track.


4. Tell the world! 

What better way to keep motivated, telling your friends, co-workers and anyone who will listen about your goals will keep you accountable and you may just get a whole lot of encouragement from them at the same time!


5. Reward yourself!

So you have completed a goal… what now… Celebrate! You set your mind to something and you put in the effort to achieve it you deserve a reward! Setting rewards is not only a great way to celebrate your achievements it is also a great motivator to get you into whatever it is you need to do.