S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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.

Goal #2: Walk 365 Miles

On January 1st, I received an email from RunKeeper telling me I should set an annual mileage goal for myself. I am not a regular runner, and I have had various illness issues as of late. But it seemed like a great opportunity to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal for myself. I decided on 365 miles, which is obviously an average of one mile per day. I’d like to turn this goal from walking into running, and in time I will. But for now, while I regain my health and my strength, getting out in the fresh cold air and walking two miles is a great start. I did it yesterday and again today, and plan to keep this up all year. 
I look forward to recapping at the end of the year and being able to say whether I met my goals or not brag about meeting my goals! 
So tell me, did you set any S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2013?

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4 Responses to S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  1. allieksmith says:

    I like your goals!! I also like the concept of S.M.A.R.T. .. it totally makes sense!

  2. I love both these goals–I'm always guilty of making things too vague/immeasurable, and then of course I don't stick with them! I need to get a bit more SMART about it, har har.

    P.S. You should friend me on goodreads! I LOVE that site 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    Thanks, Allie! I hope you're feeling better!

  4. Christine says:

    There is no forgottenbeast on Goodreads, that I could find. Friend me — http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1803638-christine — yahoo!

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