Setting SMART targets

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Having useful tools to help plan will helpo you to be able to find the words for what you want to do, after all a wise man once said

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
~ Albert Einstein

albert einstein. graffiti in st. petersburg russia

SMART targets help you to make the future more tangible and give a good framework to work too; people use different words to complete the acronym but we suggest using the following.

S – Specific
Find a way to say clearly what you want to achieve.

M – Measurable
Find a way to know when you have achieved what you are aiming for, it could be running a 4-minute mile or a 6-hour marathon, fitting into some clothes, doing the shopping without getting out of puff or just scoring yourself higher on the ‘How am I doing today?’ test.

A – Achievable
Much as you may dream of winning an Olympic gold a realistic target is likely to be more rewarding.

R – Rewarding
Make sure what you are aiming for is laudable. Aiming to spend more time watching TV may tick all the other boxes but is probably not doing you much good. As well as the goal being worthwhile look for rewarding ways of getting there, do something enjoyable!

T – Time-bound
What is your target timescale? And if this is a big achievement do you need to set times when you will be part way there?

 

Choosing your goals

Looking back to your ‘How am I doing today?’ chart from earlier posts identify the areas you want to improve or master. Bear in mind that while some things can be done quickly, like changing electricity supplier, others will take time and persistence. A planned exercise routine a few times a week is likely to do you more good than a day every two weeks at the gym, which is great news because it gives you time to find a balance that nourishes all your needs.

Completing your chart

If you download Part 3 of the Acticheck Guide to Healthy Active Ageing – Planning for success you’ll find a handy chart to print off and fill out.


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Your doctor can help with medical problems, or if you are in an emotional crisis you could contact the Samaritans. You can call them free from any phone on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or you may have a branch near you that you can visit (see www.samaritans.org/branches).

If the cause of your crisis is feeling overwhelmed by a financial or legal issue then they may suggest a local legal centre or the Citizens Advice Bureau as a good first step to solving your issues.

There is a Spanish phrase that says ‘Where there is a will, there are many ways’. Just because what you have tried so far has not worked does not mean there is nothing else to try and these people are expert at finding the right solution in a crisis, and they care.