Here are some steps to help you make your New Year’s Resolution a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
- S = Specific
- M = Measurable
- A= Action Oriented
- R = Realistic
- T = Timed
First, start with a general wellness goal such as, I want to feel more energetic and make healthier choices around my food. Then break that goal down into a series of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Try something like this:
Specific = I will join a health club and go three days a week.
Measurable = By February 1st I will be going consistently Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings after breakfast.
Action= I will join this Saturday.
Realistic = Is this a realistic goal? Can you join this weekend? Do you have the money or the time to do so?
Timed= After, I join this Saturday, I will start with one time per week on Monday at 5:30 p.m. In 2 weeks I will add Wednesdays after work and in 3 weeks I will add Saturdays after breakfast.
Approach your healthy eating goal the same way. Here is an example:
Specific= I will bring my lunch to work 3 days per week.
Measurable= Next Monday I will start bringing my own lunch and I will bring it on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Action=I will go to the grocery store on Sunday and buy whole wheat bread, lean sandwich meat, low-fat mayo, and baked chips to have in my lunch.
Realistic=Can you go to the grocery store on Sunday? Do you have a lunch box, an ice pack and anything else you may need in order to bring a healthy lunch?
Timed=By February 1st I will consistently be bringing my lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.