Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. (PLEASE NOTE: there are other words people substitute for the acronym, the point is still generally the same.)
Specific: no more vague goals!
Measurable: find some way to measure or track your goal in order to see if you are making progress
Attainable: Dreaming big is great, but making big goals lead to disappointment. Make sure your goal can be obtained.
Relevant/Realistic: Similar to above, your goals need to be probable and within ones control.
Time-Bound: the goal needs an end time, you can't just leave it open.
A wonderful book that makes a lot of appearances on my instagram "Grow Your Handmade Business" by Kari Chapin (if you run or want to run your own business I highly recommend this book) has a chapter on Intentions and Goals which I will share with you.
- An intention is the end result of your goal, what you intend to do, goals help your intention come true.
- Goals support the intention, if the goals are being worked on the intention will be accomplished
- You can break the goals down into tasks, which are tiny productive things you can do to reach the goal.
It's literally part of my job as a counselor to be good at making goals (of course the client and I work together), but I still need help myself. Which is why I decided I am going to do a monthly blog with my goals for the month. I think this will help me in a lot of ways. Writing down your goals is said to help you achieve them and taking the time to think about my goals every month is something I need to do. I also hope that this will help some of you who struggle with setting and achieving goals. We're in this together!
Goal: I will plan my meals for the week every sunday night and grocery shop for all the ingredients
Goal: I will plan out my weekly schedule, including time to make orders, internship, time to do business planning, yoga etc.
Intention: I will do more things for me
Goal: I will go to yoga five times a week
Goal: I will ride my bike (to the post office) three times a week to get away and relieve stress
Goal: I will schedule time in my week to relax and do whatever I want
Goal: I will journal before bed every night.
Goal: Get all my paperwork together
Goal: Make a business plan using Kari's book
Goal: Plan a day to go to the bank with Jeff
Intention: Get my items in local stores
Goal: Find at least 1 store that will sell my items
Task: Research how to go about this
Task: Go downtown with some cards and samples and ask stores (old school way?)
Now this might be WAY too many goals for one month, but its my first month doing this and I am still learning too. Feedback is appreciated!