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.”
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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