March 23, 2022

Setting Smart Goals for 2022

Zaemelys Ramos

Every year, I've made it my priority to establish some goals to complete by the end of the year. I've realized that while New Year's Resolutions, in theory, seem like good idea, they usually end up forgotten less than halfway through the year. Therefore, I prefer to make realistic and attainable goals that I can strive to accomplish before the end of the year. These goals are also called SMART goals.  

 

SMART stands for:

 

S is Specific

What will be accomplished? What actions will you take?

 

M is Measurable  

What data will measure the goal? (How much? How well?)

 

A is Achievable  

Is the goal doable? Do you have the necessary skills and resources?

 

R is Relevant

How does the goal align with broader goals? Why is the result important?

 

T is Time-Bound

How does the goal align with broader goals? Why is the result important?

 

This acronym can help you set up realistic and attainable goals for the new year, whether it's learning how to drive or applying for graduate school. These specific questions can help you create a timeline of the needed steps you need to take to accomplish the goals.

 

For instance, one challenge that hinders me from increasing physical activity is that I feel that I don't have time in my schedule to do so. Therefore, my goal to improve my physical activity is to either hike or do aerobic or bike exercises for at least 30 minutes every other weekday (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) until the end of May.  

S- I am specific about what types of physical activity I would like to do and the time that I plan to do it. I want to implement more hikes into my physical activity, aerobic and bike exercises, and 30 minutes every other weekday.

M- I will measure my goal by seeing if I accomplished the time that I placed to achieve it, which would be at least 30 minutes every other day.

A- It is achievable because I am choosing exercises that I know will still challenge me but are still feasible to accomplish.

R- It is relevant because of the time frame that I am doing the activities for at least 30 minutes. If it was shorter, like five minutes or longer, like 2 hours, then I know it might be either too challenging for me or not at all challenging for me.  

T- I would like to achieve this goal by the end of May, reflecting how it is time-specific and has a deadline.  

 

 

Reference:

UC: Smart Goals: A How-to guide

https://www.ucop.edu/local-human-resources/_files/performance-appraisal/How%20to%20write%20SMART%20Goals%20v2.pdf

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Zaemelys is a psychology intern at Thaddeus Resource Center, currently graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.