Happy New Year 2021!
2020 was a doozy and we want a do-over! If you’re looking at 2021 like we’re looking at 2021, then let’s all agree to not make any “New Year’s Resolutions”. We know that may sound counter intuitive, but studies show by the second week of February, 80% of us will have given up because resolutions are often too lofty or too broad, which makes them difficult to achieve. Make 2021 different! Set yourself up for success by creating 1-2 small goals that you can achieve by making an easy add-on to your existing routine until it becomes a healthy habit, like brushing your teeth. Use these SMART goal tips to make sure your New Years resolutions are realistic and achievable.
How to create SMART goals:
Specific: Clearly state what you want to accomplish.
- GENERAL GOAL: “I want to exercise and get in shape.”
- SPECIFIC GOAL: “I will walk on the treadmill at the gym three times per week at 7 a.m. to get in better shape.”
Measurable: Make sure you can track your progress.
- GENERAL GOAL: “I want to eat more vegetables .”
- SPECIFIC GOAL: “I will aim to eat vegetables twice a day, three times a week.”
Action-Oriented: Identify specific actions to reach your goal.
- GENERAL GOAL: “I want to be less stressed.”
- SPECIFIC GOAL: “I will attend a stress relief workshop every Thursday.”
Relevant: Think big but make sure it’s achievable!
- GENERAL GOAL: “I am going to stop eating all sweets and sugars.”
- SPECIFIC GOAL: “I am going to limit dessert to twice per week.”
Timely: Set monthly milestones to help you work on this goal all-year.
- GENERAL GOAL: “I want to lose 10 lbs.”
- SPECIFIC GOAL: “I want to lose 10 lbs by 2022. I'll aim for at least 1 lb a month."
The following is an example of creating a SMART goal to exercise more:
Specific: I want to be healthier this year and exercise more so I will attend Well-Being Exercise classes.
Measurable: I will attend two classes every week.
Action-Oriented: This is a doable goal for me since I usually have at least 2 days every week I will be able to attend.
Relevant: Since my goal this year is to be healthier, attending the classes is relevant.
Timely: I will attend two classes every week for one month and reassess how I feel. I will then make a new SMART goal at the end of this month.