The New Year is here! It’s January and everyone is starting their resolutions. Some people will accomplish their goals, while others will fall short. I’m not going to lie, I’m not big on resolutions. To me resolutions always felt like a fad. If I want to do something I don’t have to wait until the New Year to do it! Case in point is this blog.  For years I kept saying: “I want to start a blog.” Finally I took the leap in October of 2016 and launch this site.  I could have said I will wait to the New Year, but I thought why wait?

Now that I have the blog up and running I want to make sure that I keep myself accountable.  What is the good of having a blog if I’m not doing anything with it? So I wanted to be sure that I continue to set goals for myself and my blog. Setting goals will help keep me accountable and push myself to get better. In 2016 I received a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Since completing the training, I have found that the tools I learned are also useful for my personal life as well. I have applied tools and principles to my house (especially those for organization). Now I want to continue to apply the tools for both my career, hobbies and family. I’m going to share with you one of my goals that I have set for myself and how to succeed at achieving it.

One of the best things that I learned at Santa Clara University is how to set
SMART goals. This was reinforced with my Six Sigma training. SMART goals should be Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. What does this all mean??? It means that when drafting your goals you clearly state what you want to do and then start to consider all the different factors that affect this goal.

Where do you start? Let me run through an example of one of my goals with you.

Start with the specifics: 

The Next Step is to define exactly what you are going to measure:

Then you must do a check to see if your goal is attainable. **Note: You may need to redefine or restructure your goal if the answer is no to any of the questions pictured here.

Next you have to see if your goal is realistic. In order to do this you want to list the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to achieve this goal. Once you have your list decide if you possess these skills or do you need training and help. If you need training/help specify the following: who, what, when, where, why and how for this plan (Note: you will also need to get the buy in from others if their help is needed in the training portion. Also update the “Who is involved” portion of your goals).

Then you can specify your time frame for this goal: 

Now that I have considered all the SMART factors I like to summarize the goal. In this case my summary would be the following:

                Every Sunday I will plan 7 meals for the week (Mon-Sun) and stick to the plan 70% of the week (or 5/7 days). I will check in weekly when planning for the next week. This goal is starting on 1/8/17 and ending 3/31/17 (end of 1st quarter for 2017). The overall goal is to stick to the plan on a weekly average of 70% for the entire quarter.

As you can see my goal is specific. I also state when I will check on my progress. And what time frame I have to accomplish this goal.

I will update everyone at the end of the 1st Quarter on how I performed on this Goal. If you need help writing SMART Goals and/or just liked my layout please join our mailing list for the FREE PRINTABLE SMART GOAL PLANNING GUIDE. You can use this guide to set personal goals as well as career goals. The Guide will take you step by step so that you can be sure that your goal is SMART! Also as an added BONUS I include a page dedicated to listing out action steps that you need in order to achieve your SMART Goal.

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01/07/2017 5:55am

Thank you for sharing these tips on how to set goals and succeed. I think this SMART goals are way too effective. Since I am a kind of person whose unorganized in everything, I think it will be good if this will be my first step. This really helps me and gave me an idea. It inspires me a lot. I hope that you can post more often because I am really enjoying reading your posts.


What you have mentioned above about the SMART thing when setting a goal was actually mentioned and taught to us at school hundreds of times. We are being taught about the positive outcome we can get when making or let's say constructing our objectives. And for me I can say that it is really effective. And as for you who have shared this, I am amazed with how you have explained it to your readers. I've learned a lot actually. Thank you so much!

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