Each year, we make our New Year’s resolutions and many of us feel motivated to eat better, exercise more and decrease stress levels. This year, consider making your goals SMART. Don’t think of it as a resolution you try for a couple weeks, but more of a lifestyle adjustment so you’re sure to stick with it.
What is a SMART goal?
SMART stands for:
How Does it Work?
A SMART goal can help you stay on track and be more likely to achieve the desired outcome. For example, John drinks 3-4 cans of soda per day and would like to give up soda in 2018. So John’s SMART goal may look something like this:
“I will decrease my soda intake to 1 can per day over the next 4 weeks by drinking water instead.”
This goal specifies how much soda John is going to allow himself to have (1 can per day), gives a time frame (4 weeks) and addresses what he is going to drink instead of soda (water). John also felt that giving up soda completely was unrealistic for him so this goal allows him to gradually decrease his soda intake by allowing him 1 soda per day. By giving his goal a time frame (4 weeks), this helps John to hold himself accountable. At the 4 week mark, John can reassess his progress and adjust his goal as needed.
So whether your goal is to eat more vegetables, increase your physical activity or to lose some of those extra pounds from the holiday season make sure to make your goal a SMART one. Making a SMART goal might take more effort up front but will give you clear guidelines to achieve your goal and increase your success!
Another tip for success is tracking what you eat. Use this printable, easy to follow Food Tracker.