Last letter today for our weeks worth of goal setting with S.M.A.R.T goals. So lets finish off with what I consider one of the most important parts, “T” For time-bound.
Time Bound – Your goal and even the steps on the way to that goal should be time-bound. Without a time frame to help track how you are doing there will be no sense of urgency. Saying “I want to get in shape,” without a date to do so by could mean anything. Saying things like “Someday I want to lose ten pounds,” doesn’t count and won’t work. If you put a finish date on something you are much more likely to finish and thus reach your goals.
Be reasonable in picking your finish date. If it’s for weight loss find out what a healthy amount is to lose per week. Use your past experiences to ascertain how much time to give yourself. Think of how much effort yo put into it and act accordingly. This time you will be putting more into it so shave a day off, then shave some more time off of it to help give you that sense of urgency. Think back to school and how much more you could get done when you had a project due in the morning and hadn’t started it yet. Chances are you got it done, you didn’t have a choice give yourself that same opportunity to shine with your goals now.
That’s all there is to it. Be specific in what it is you wish to achieve. Make it something you can measure and track so you have a sense of accomplishment. Be certain it is something that you can take action on and not something that only someone else can do for you. Have a firm grip on reality when starting your goal don’t over reach so far that you fail, stretch goals are good but don’t set yourself up for failure. Finally put a time frame on your goal, make it an imperative, allow it to give you a sense of urgency.
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