I noticed that most of my resolutions are not S.M.A.R.T. Have you ever heard that goals should be S.M.A.R.T.?
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
My resolutions are more focused on my values and my purpose. But it is always a good idea to have some measurable goals as well. So, I created two for 2013.
Goal #1: Read 24 Books
First, I joined the 2013 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I signed up to read 24 books. That’s two books per month. Doesn’t seem like too much when I write it down, but the truth is, I don’t get through books super fast. Between time on the computer (blogs, Facebook, etc.), watching TV, doing puzzles, playing with my kids, cleaning the house, etc. books often take a back seat. But that’s where S.M.A.R.T. goals come in! It’s a reminder to myself to read and to make it a priority. Twenty-four books is perfectly attainable. And a sub-bullet of this goal is that I will not read 24 David Baldacci books, but will read at least 12 non-fiction books or classics. So far, I have added to my Kindle The Color Purple and Man’s Search for Meaning. Right now, I am reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, which is wonderful but LONG.