How to Set SMART Goals

As my first blog post, I thought I’d write about something I know about and implement in my own life. They are designed to be short, to the point, and informative. Always happy for any feedback 🙂


When setting your own goals, it’s important to consider how to plan them.

You could have an awesome idea or goal you would like to accomplish, but if it’s too broad, to complex, or lacks a way to measure it, you may find yourself working towards something that may be impossible to achieve.

One simple method that I use personally to set my goals is by following the SMART goal planning method:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Time-based

If you ensure that each of your goals ticks off all of the above criteria, you’ll find it much easier to reach your goals and you’ll be more motivated to work towards them.

Original goal: To be fitter

SMART goal: I want to lose 3kg of body fat in 6 months

Above, I’ve turned a very broad, uninspiring goal into a SMART goal, where I have highlighted which parts meet the SMART criteria.

The SMART goal now includes each of the SMART criteria. It is also achievable given the metric (kg of body fat) and timeframe (6 months), and it’s relevant (by losing body fat you will naturally become fitter and have more energy).

Depending on your definition of fitter, you can replace ‘lose 5kg of body fat’ with ‘run 5km in under 30 minutes’ or ‘lift an extra 5kg on bench press’.

As long as it meets the criteria, you will ensure you won’t get lost along the way.

Nathan

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