SMART Goals For 2013

Do you love goal-setting?

I do.

I've always loved making lists of things I need to do, simply because crossing them off once they're complete is so satisfying. These days, my to-do list keeps me from drifting off into Netflix oblivion in my pajamas with no idea what day of the week it is. I thrive within the bounds of structure.

Yesterday Dann and I sat down to write out our goals for the year (individual and shared) and it made me SO excited for the year to come. It also reminded me of a teacher thing I learned that I love, which I decided to share with you in case it's helpful.

Once a teacher, always a teacher, I suppose. 

While goal-setting in general is good, I've found creating SMART goals to be especially helpful for me in identifying what I actually have to do to meet my goals. Here's what the acronym stands for:

S = specific

M = measurable

A = attainable

R = relevant

T = time-bound

So instead of saying that I want to write more in 2013, I said I want to start off the year writing no less than 1 hour per day, 5 days per week, and sustain that practice throughout the year. I said I want to post at least one interview with a creator of some sort each month. I said I want to put on makeup before going out in public at least 5 days per week (because let's face it, I'm in my 30s now). Dann and I said that together, we'd like to buy a new bedspread by the end of March and a new couch before the end of the year, plus we'd like to travel to New Orleans together before we ring in 2014. There are others and they are taped to our fridge. If you come over, you can read them all.

For us, for now, this is a good place to start. We'll refine and adjust our goals as needed throughout the year, but now we have some ideas of what things we can work on today to get us where we want to be in one month, six months, one year. And I feel excited about it all.

Have you ever created a SMART goal? What are your hopes and dreams for 2013?