The start of a new year is always a great time to reflect on the goals that you want to achieve and set resolutions, from an around-the-world holiday to simply learning a new recipe at home.
The SMART Goal method is a great way to guide your goal setting, focus your efforts and increase your chances of succesfully achieving your resolutions.
Check out our tips on how to establish SMART goals and some great resources to inspire and help you stay on track.
Make your goals simple, straightforward and SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
• Specific - Describe exactly what you want to achieve.
• Measurable - What will it look like when it is accomplished? This could be a number, an event or an experience
• Attainable - Don’t aim too high. Make sure the goal is possible and not out of reach
• Realistic - Be practical about the outcomes you want.
• Timely - Set dates and milestones for the steps along the way.
Staying on Track
Socialise your goals!
A goal shared is a dream with a deadline. Talk about them with friends, family and your Support Workers so you can stay focused, motivated and work on them together.
Keep it Simple.
Select no more than three key SMART goals and focus on them rather than a whole list.
Check your calendar and see if there is anything that will make it difficult to stay on track or if there are times you may need extra support.
Monitor your progress.
Use a journal, app or statistic. Check in regularly with your goals and how you are tracking. Reflect on what you have achieved – often you will discover that you have come a long way.
Celebrate your successes.
Reward yourself when you have achieved a milestone target then plan for the next one.
1. Learning and Development
Keep your brain active by learning a new skill or subject.
Idea: University of the Third Age (U3A), offers low cost learning and leisure programs.
2. Activity and Fitness
Build activity into your daily routines by making different choices eg. Walk to the shops rather than drive. Start with activities like walking, swimming, tennis or tai chi.
Idea: Do Yoga with Me offers a wide library of online Yoga and Meditation routines that are free to download.
3. Healthy Eating
Nutrition Australia recommends: less salt, avoid high fat foods and drink more water.
Idea: Plan a weekly menu with shopping list. Keep your pantry stocked with nutritious essentials. Calvary Support Workers can help you with menu planning, shopping and meal preparation.
Making time for reflection, prayer and thankfulness can keep us connected with our spirituality.
Idea: Colouring books for adults offer a new way to take mental time out, destress and self connect.
5. Relationships and Community
Follow your passion while building community connections.
Idea: Volunteer or join a group involved in art, animal welfare, music or heritage buildings.