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Your Goals Should be SMART

Dec 2012

When thinking of new years resolutions, it is a good idea to try to make them “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely).

For example, a goal that says “Lose weight” is too vague. Instead, that goal should be revised to be something like “Lose 30 pounds in 6 months”. That goal can be measured and has a deadline. This gives you something specific to work on.

Do you want to “save money” in 2013? A good SMART goal for that could be “put 5% of my pay in to a savings account”. You can ask your HR department to do that automatically. One of the best ways to save money is to keep it out of your checking account before you have a chance to spend it.

I have my own health-related SMART goal. I jog frequently to stay in shape. Jogging burns lots of calories which is great for me because I love food and eat like a pig. Unfortunately, the end result of 2 years of frequent jogging is that I have nice strong legs, but I am pretty weak everywhere else. My goal of “Full body fitness” is a hard goal to make SMART. Therefore, I came up with this: “On Jan 1st, measure how many crunches, leg-lifts, squats, and push-ups I can currently do. Within 3 months, I want to be able to double that.” That is a goal I can measure and work towards. I plan on doing my initial baseline callisthenics this evening.

Try to make your goals SMART, and you will have a better chance of reaching them. When you do reach them, and you feel there is still more to do, revise the goal, and then continue on.

Good luck for 2013!


Dan Nagle is a SW Developer and the founder of NagleCode. His apps have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Contact Dan to speak at your event.

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