My SMART Goals for the Year (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound)

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Previously I published three resolutions for 2015, but they were vague and hard to measure (except the one about getting pregnant), so today I delineate SMART goals for my resolutions: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.

In other words, I am breaking my goals into small chunks so I will be more likely to attain them. I have also typed out these goals in measurable formats and have posted them where I will see them every day.

Resolution 1: Focus on my Family.

This list of "family stuff" hangs on my fridge. The list of weeks is where I will write in the weekly song I will sing with Sam.
This list of “family stuff” hangs on my fridge. The list of weeks is where I will write in the weekly song I will sing with Sam.
  • Have nightly family devotions, if even just a song and a prayer together (I’ve learned that a song and a prayer is a notable accomplishment with a one-year-old!)
  • Do one fun outing/activity a month as a family
  • Sing with Sam every day: Pick one song per week. (I included this one because the Bible commands me to “sing and make music in my heart to the Lord” [Eph. 5:19], but I don’t naturally do this; if I’m going to develop this habit and pass it along to Sam, I need a reminder!)
  • Finish Sam’s baby book
  • Fill photo albums with the pictures I already have, then start making electronic albums

Resolution 2: Make healthy choices for myself and make healthy food for my family.

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I got Buc’s input on our family meal schedule, because he is not, shall we say, as experimental of an eater as I am! He generously agreed to take on the cooking for two nights a week–a relief for both him and me, because I can use those afternoons for other things, and he can count on two meals he is sure to like per week. He also agreed to take the family out to eat once a week to give us both a break in the cooking and evening cleanup departments. I sure have a good hubby!

Resolution 3: Get pregnant in 2015 with my second, and final, child.

I’m leaving this one to nature.

Resolution 4 (Recently Added): Write When I Can, and When It Doesn’t Interfere with Family Time

I’ve added “writing” as an area I want to focus on this year, even though I intend it to take a backseat to family life. Below are some goals that seem realistic for me this year; but because I can get obsessive in the area of writing, I’ve listed the third goal to give myself grace if I don’t meet my first two goals.

  • Post a blog once a week
  • Submit five magazine articles this year
  • Give myself grace if/when I don’t meet these guidelines. I have a toddler.

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Inspiration for Completing My Goals

In case you’re curious, I’m getting a lot of my ideas and inspiration (such as the SMART acronym) from Crystal Paine’s Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. (And I got the book recommendation from hearing Crystal interviewed on Family Life Today–which radio program I also highly recommend). If you’re interested in getting help with setting and following through with goals, check out her book, or her very popular blog, moneysavingmom.com. In her book, she walks readers through setting up goals, a daily schedule, and more, all with the hope that the reader will Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore [their] Passion for Life.

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Just be warned: Crystal is a highly driven woman with many, many goals, some Herculean (at least from where I sit in life right now), so I am trying to take her advice to not to compare myself with her, and to set my goals in the context of my individual circumstances. I realize my goals may change as I go along, should my circumstances change or should I discover a better fit for my life, but for now I am committed to implementing the suggestions she’s given, and doing what I’ve identified as most important to my values at this time. Stay tuned to see how it all goes! We can journey toward our goals together.

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7 thoughts on “My SMART Goals for the Year (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound)

  1. itsthelitchick January 26, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Loving this break down. I have similar goals (minus the getting pregnant one) and I think this will help me with mine as well!

    • lindseygendke January 26, 2015 / 9:13 am

      Great! Good luck to you on your goals this year! Thanks so much for reading.

  2. Vinodhini January 30, 2015 / 1:22 am

    Wow the goals look so clean.. I did make some goals but one month is over, without much being action-ed 😦

    All the very best with your goals… Looking forward to your updates:)

    • lindseygendke January 30, 2015 / 10:48 am

      Vinodhini, the timing of setting goals (whether it’s in January or July) means almost nothing to me. But with our recent move, and Sam hitting the one-year mark, it seemed a fitting time to outline some new goals for myself. I also worked on them with the idea of starting in February, because half of January was still filled with getting settled in. I have already implemented most of what I outlined, but in some cases, I’ve had to put others on hold while I get one new habit established. If you have to, start with just one thing, give it about three weeks (that’s how long the research says it takes to make a new habit), and then move on to another one. No need to push too hard, especially if you’re expecting! When the little one comes, you’ll want to keep your goals really simple anyway: food for the family, clean clothes, some Bible and prayer, and a daily shower might be enough! All best to you!

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