Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Time-bound goals

The final criteria for a SMART goal is to make your goals time-bound. It does no good to make a goal that you can easily procrastinate on. With an open-ended goal you can always tell yourself, “I just haven’t accomplished that goal... yet...” and ‘yet’ can stretch on forever.
Not only should you set a time limit to accomplish your goal, but it may help to periodize your goal. That is, divide it into shorter-term goals. So, if your goal is to improve your diet and increase your fitness in order to drop 30 pounds in a year, then you might set a short-term goal of specific dietary changes to make during the first three months, followed by specific workout changes to make in the second three months, and so on…
So, remember, when setting goals, try to make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. That’s the SMART thing to do

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