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Set New Year’s Goals Using the SMART Technique

Set New Year’s Goals Using the SMART Technique

Setting New Year’s resolutions is something we hear a lot about as another year draws to a close. Whether you set resolutions every year or you think doing so is a waste of time, consider setting goals for the new year instead—they are far more attainable than resolutions if you follow the SMART technique!

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely, and it’s a powerful acronym to apply to all the goals you set for the new year.


When setting goals for the new year, it’s important to make them specific. Take the time to contemplate what exactly you would like to achieve in 2019. For example, if you’d like to find a new job in the new year, your goal could be to apply to 5 different jobs every week.


There’s nothing better than achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself, which is why its crucial to set measurable goals. This way, you’ll have proof that you’ve accomplished your goal. For example, “becoming bilingual” is not a measurable goal. Instead, download a language learning app and set the goal of using it 15 minutes a day.


It’s equally important to set goals that are realistic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should always play it safe—but you should ensure you have the time, ability, and money to accomplish your goals. For example, if you’re extremely busy, don’t set out to attend networking events once a week—instead, try networking once a month. If that’s easy enough, set higher goals from there, such as every other week.


When setting goals for 2019, really think about why you want to accomplish these goals and what the general objective behind your goals are. Afterwards, consider whether or not your goals will actually achieve this objective. This step in the technique will keep you from feeling disappointed in the long run.


Lastly, set deadlines for your goals. This final part of the technique ties into the measurable part. Creating a realistic—yet flexible—timeline is another fantastic way to have concrete proof that you’ve completed your goals.

If you need help setting individual goals using the SMART technique, contact WorkBC Vancouver City Centre operated by FSGV today. We’ll help you accomplish your work-related new year’s goals.

To all of you from all of us, happy holidays and we wish you an incredible 2019!