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How to set smart goals and accomplish your new year’s resolutions

This is the time of the year where we set new goals, we make dreams for a better new year and a better life. Some of us fail to accomplish our goals every year.
People like to  set goals at the end of each year because it seems to be a fresh new starting point.
This  gives us many hopes for our near future.
On the other hand, resolutions for the new year end up in the trash basket very often.
In 2016 I was lucky to meet some of my goals but many of them did not even make it until the first half of the year. I quit them too early.
This happened to me because most my goals were not realistic.
It wouldn't be realistic to say that I want to travel many countries  this year if I don't have the money to do it. It would be realistic if I would decide to start saving money for this purpose.
The key is to break the goals into smaller goals.
Write your  goals on a paper and think what are the possible steps that you should make in order to achieve them. For this process, we need clear specific goals.
Set SMART goals:

What is a SMART goal?

  • Specific 
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant 
  • Time bound

set a Smart goal answering the right questions

Who ?
Who is going to get involved for my goal,
what exactly I want to accomplish and where,
when is the ideal time to start my action plan, 
which are the obstacles I may have to face, and
why I want to accomplish this goal.
smart goals

For example, let's say that you want to get your Master's degree.

Maybe your parents are going to be involved if they are going to give you some money. (who is going to be involved?)
The ideal time to start planning for your master's degree is many months before in order to decide about your study subject and to find the right university for you. (What is my goal, where is going to take place and when?)
You may also have to face few or many obstacles. If you are working full-time, for example, you might find it harder to finish your Master's degree.(Which are the possible constraints?)
Why you want this post-grad degree? Maybe your job needs it, or you want to expand your knowledge to a different field. (Why I want this goal?)
For a measurable goal, you need to answer the following question:  How will I know when it will be accomplished? Find the needed criteria to measure your goal's progress.
Time-bound :
If we set goals without a deadline we don't feel the urgency to begin working on the goal.
In my opinion, it is very important to write your goals and your action plan on a piece of paper.
You can use a notebook  just for this purpose.
A fresh new notebook with your goals gives you the motivation to check often your progress.
So, no more general goals like "I want to lose weight".  
From now on it's is going to be, "I want to lose 5 kilos until May.
I will visit a dietitian/I will plan my meals/whatever. I will write down my progress every 5 days."
I hope this article was somehow helpful for you!
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