Everyone wants to start the New Year off right. If you launched into 2022 with some resolutions, it may help to understand some of the basics with goal setting, to maintain the discipline to continue through the year.

As you work to achieve your goals, keep these tips in mind.

Tips for Proper Goal Setting

Think About How You Will Achieve Your Goals

It’s not enough to simply set resolutions or goals. You need to understand some of the best methods for achieving them. This can be accomplished by breaking a larger goal into smaller, more manageable chunks. You can create target actions. What needs to happen every month, or every week to achieve your larger goal?

This can help you from having too much on your plate later in the time period. Planning this way can keep larger goals on track.

Make it Smart

Your goal should follow specific parameters to make sure that it makes sense for you. Think of the SMART acronym:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable or achievable
  • Realistic or relevant
  • Timely or tangible

Following these guidelines will give you a more guided approach in your goal setting.

Think About How Your Habits Influence Your Goals

Your habits can have a significant impact on your goals. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, your late-night snacks may be working against your daily progress. If you’re trying to save more money, you may need to review your Amazon purchases.

Create an Accountability System

Tell a friend, family member, or colleague what you are trying to accomplish. The minute that you share with someone about your effort, they can hold you accountable for your efforts. This can have an energizing effect. Another way to create accountability is to simply write your goals down. This simple act can make it real and helps you to hold yourself responsible.