I am a fan of SMART goals, usually.
SMART goals were developed by Doran, Miller and Cunningham in their 1981 article “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives,” in Management Review. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym, standing for Specific, Measurable, Assigned, Realistic and Time-related. As it’s evolved from the world of business, Assigned has become Attainable, which to me seems like a parallel to Realistic, but such is life when all of the goals are assigned by one to the same one!
I learned something in setting these goals–some were easy to do, some were hard, because of scope. I have set benchmarks with the wider scope goals, assuming they will take more than a year, and thus will carry over into 2022’s work.
I have made three major goals for each of the seven parts–this was on the previous page–and I’m tracking them most diligently on the particular subheadings under seven points, above. I encourage you to look at those pages for particulars.
Most of these goals are specific. I recognize “epic” in “build an epic garden” is super subjective, but I’m focusing on build and garden–this requires research and development, the construction of planters, and making then sticking to a specific schedule. I know that the garden is to be in our front and back yard; it is not “make every garden everywhere amazing.”
All of these goals are easily measured. I will know if I’ve lost weight or not. I will cross books off my diverse reading list. I know if I’ve blogged enough, journaled often, or tithed any honoraria I’ve come across.
Attainable is always tricky. Am I doing too much? Probably. Some of these are short–here’s looking at you, D.Min classes!–and some are to be built up to, like running as a form of exercise. I think it’s doable. The whole point of this is that I believe it is doable!
None of these goals require superpowers; they are, as I see them, realistic. Challenging, yes–heck yes, when it comes to food and exercise. But none of these require the sacrifice of sleep, enjoyment, work or family in order to accomplish them. I simply must focus.
There is a time component for most of these. A few of these are general lifestyle shifts–connect with the greater church, engage politically–but as they’re Yes-Or-No goals, they are completed within time, or they are not.
Some goals require daily observance–like daily exercise, and limited screen use. Some goals need a weekly check in, like weight loss (I will NOT hit the scale daily!) or the deep work on Corinthians. Some are monthly (playing with friends!), and some are quarterly (how is the pursuit of plastic free living going?). I have my Blue Book for 2021, and I’ll be posting on this site regularly as well. So here’s to 2021!