Smart Goal Setting

What are smart goals?

Smart goals are:

Specific
What is your goal?
How will you do it?
What actions are required to achieve my goal?

Measurable
How will I track my goal progress?

Attainable
Pick behaviours you can, or are willing to change first.

Realistic
Can I achieve this goal right now?
Can I fully commit to this goal?
How will I overcome set-backs in my goal?

Time-Bound
Set a time-frame for your goal
Include a specific start, goal and end date.
Set several small goals with shorter timelines within a long-term goal, to increase motivation and confidence.

Example Smart Goal

Specific: Increase my vegetable intake by 2 servings per day, by packing 1 snack baggie with 1/2 cup veggie sticks at lunch, and adding 1/2 cup veggies to my dinner plate.

Measurable: I will check off each day on my calendar that I achieve my goal.

Is this goal Attainable? Yes. I want to improve my meal planning skills, to benefit my nutrition and health.

Is this goal realistic?. Yes. This is a goal I can start immediately.

I will overcome set-backs by focusing on getting back-on-track the next day. I will use my calendar tracking to motivate me.

What is my Time Line?

Start date: March  11, 2017

End Date: None. I plan to make this a daily routine, and will track my progress each month.

Tips to help you reach your goal:

Set 1-3 goals at a time. Setting too many goals at once can make it hard for you to achieve them.

Record and track your progress, to help you stay focused and motivated!

Have a family member or friend work on your goal with you! Or, share your goal progress with others.

Plan a head. Consider, and be prepared for obstacles; and think about how you can overcome any set-backs.

Remember why your goal is important to you. This wil help you stau motivated when obstacles arise!

Celebrate your successes no matter how small. Find ways to reward yourself!

What should I do if I have trouble reaching my goal ?

Stay positive! Take time to reflect on what has worked so far, and think about what you can change going forward. Set-backs are normal, and should be expected. Think about:

Was my goal too big?

Was I working on too much at one time?

Do I need to focus on a different target behaviour?

What got in the way of my success?

What are some solutions?

Was my time frame realistic?

Modify your goal if needed, or start over if you need to.

 

 

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Reference: Brochure I found. Loblaws.

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