Setting SMART goals is a great way to challenge yourself and your family to effectively make healthy lifestyle changes. This article shares how to make your goals SMART to help set you and your family up for success! Download our worksheet below to make your goals SMART-er!
- Setting a Goal
- Our Favourite Tip for Family Goal-Setting
- Making Your Goals SMART
- Download Your Free SMART Goal Worksheet
Setting a Goal:
Big lifestyle changes and goals are often the most successful when they are broken down into smaller, more manageable ones, to help build momentum and motivation.
For example, exercising 3 days a week might feel like a really big goal if you don’t currently exercise as part of your normal routine. Try starting with a smaller goal, of going for a walk a couple of days a week. Once you establish the habit, you can slowly add more time or different activities so it doesn’t seem as overwhelming.
At Meant2Prevent, we like to make our goals SMART!
Our Favourite Tip for Family Goal-Setting:
Involve the whole family! Have everyone choose a healthy living goal that is important to them. It can be as simple as “drink 6 cups of water per day”.
Keep your family’s goals on the fridge so you see them every day and remember to keep up the good work! It’s easy to keep track of everyone’s progress with our Printable Goal Tracker! Print one for each member of your family so you can easily stay on track.
Making Your Goals S-M-A-R-T
Setting SMART goals can help set you and your family up for success!
Think small and detailed. Define your goal and make sure it is specific because it helps to make them more concrete and measurable. When writing out your goal be sure to include who, what, where, and when to make sure it’s as specific as possible.
example: My goal is to drink 6 cups of water every day.
Make sure you can measure or track your progress, which will help you achieve your goal!
example: I will track my progress by logging how many glasses of water I drink each day on my cell phone or in my planner.
It is important to make sure your goal is realistic and within reach. Setting a goal that is too high or too difficult can make us feel discouraged. This is why it is helpful to make a practical plan that outlines how will you achieve your goal.
example: I will achieve this goal by keeping a clear water bottle with me, so I can tell how much water I have drank, and I will also set alarms throughout the day to remind myself to drink!
Is your goal important and meaningful to you? How does this goal help you? Goals that you feel are important are often easier to achieve because you will have more motivation.
example: This goal will help me to be healthier and will also help with my energy levels and skin!
Clearly define when you want to achieve your goal. Set realistic deadlines to help keep you accountable and on track. This is also a great opportunity to build in more goals, and break your goal down into more manageable timelines.
example: I will be drinking 8 cups of water per day consistently by February 15th!
Download Your Free SMART Goals Worksheet and Tracking Planner
Now that you know the basics, try setting your SMART goals with our printable handouts!
- SMART Goal Planning Worksheet: Fill this out with your goal and how you will make it S-M-A-R-T
- Personal Goal-Tracking Calendar: Print this off to keep on your fridge and keep track of your progress
If you want some extra accountability, share your goal or progress with us on social media by tagging @Meant2Prevent.