Now that the New Year is upon us a lot of us are thinking about goals. Something about starting a new year, a new month, a new week, and even a new day gives us the motivation to be better at something.
Have you ever wanted to change something but had no idea where to start?
Us too. You aren’t alone.
When Sarah got remarried over 6 years ago and we found out we were pregnant with our first she worked all the way up until the day before she was induced. That is what filled her time. She worked, came home and did dinner and whatever else needed to be done around the house. Once Claire was born she was home all the time with a little baby that only cried. If she was sleeping or eating she wasn’t crying, but any other time and Sarah just didn’t know what to do. Her whole life revolved around this. When Claire was nearly two Scott wanted to have one more baby, try for that boy. And boy, she did not want to.
Fast forward. They go to Paris for a magical week, we come home and two weeks later the pregnancy test is positive. Oliver was welcomed that next spring. And Sarah felt totally lost. What did she have for her? Not one thing. She can’t get sewing out because Claire will do something to the machine and it will be broken. She can’t pull out scrapbooking because it will take over the table, and again Claire.
What did She do? I started a blog. That was something she could do without taking over the table, getting frustrated with little hands touching my work and that was all mine. As she wrote her blog posts over at The Strawberry Nest and posted to instagram she started to feel some sense belonging in my own skin.
As she learned more about the process of consistency, she decided to set a goal. But before she could set a goal she learned about setting a goal. There are MILLIONS of ways to set a goal, but Sarah picked two that resonated with her. And they are similar. And goal setting can be simple. It doesn’t require a ton and it isn’t difficult.
SMART Goal Setting Formula
Specific: How detailed can you make your goal?
Measurable: How can you measure your goal to show you are making progress?
Attainable: Is this goal something you know you can actually accomplish?
Relevant: Do you have the resources and ability to reach your goal?
Time-Bound: When do you want this goal accomplished by?
When Sarah set her goals she used this as my framework. She also breaks down her goals into smaller goals and plan the time to do them in my planner. When she accomplishes even the smallest task she celebrates with something small like a drink from her favorite soda shop or her favorite candy. Sarah loves to track her progress by putting together a list of what each step is and marking them off as she completes them. It motivates her to work harder as she see progress.
She also sets a big celebration reward for achieving her big goal. Even though meeting a goal is a huge success, and you totally get a reward it is nice to have a celebration with those you love cheering on your efforts!
What is a goal you are hoping to work on this year?