But let’s make the SMART goal worksheet even more effective by adding a few really powerful tools to your goal-setting arsenal.
I don’t know about you, but as a general principle, whenever I do something (like work on a SMART goal worksheet), I like to leverage every advantage I can, to make the process easier and more effective.
Enter Vision Boards.
A vision board keeps a visual in front of you that inspires action and progress, helping you achieve your goals.
-And when these goals are SMART goals, you’re really leveraging your resources.
Your vision board can contain anything, be any size or shape, and take any format you choose.
But make it visual, and look at your vision board at least once daily. I recommend having a real, tactile vision board, but if digital works better for you, go for it. (Pinterest is perfect for a digital vision board!)
Have fun, and make your vision board full of motivational, inspiring objects.
And here’s a fantastic article by Jack Canfield on Vision Boards, too.
Follow the 80:20 Rule
This is a personal favorite of mine.
The 80:20 rule states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.
And you can apply this rule in all sorts of ways. Including goal setting.
Mentally sort through your goals before starting on your SMART Goal Worksheet. What are the top 20% most important goals that, when met, would yield the largest improvements?
What one thing, if achieved, would make the biggest difference in your life/work/home/education?
Use that big-ticket item for your first (or first few) SMART goals.
Use a Planner
Write your SMART Goals down – which is why the SMART Goal Worksheet will help so much.
And, an additional way to further sink your goals into your mind and your actions, is to write your goals down on paper. With a pen or pencil.
I know, I know… Very old-fashioned, this.
But it really does make a difference. Writing things down activates a part of your brain called the reticular activating system (RAS).
Your RAS works like a filter, helping you to focus on the most important task at hand, instead of the hum of the fluorescent lights above, or the highway traffic in the background.
Curious to learn more? Here’s a Lifehacker post on why you learn more effectively by writing than typing.
Mistakes to Avoid
There are a few mistakes to avoid, well worth mentioning, before you download your SMART Goal Worksheet.
Here’s a short list of what you don’t want to do when writing out SMART goals:
- Goal is too big – Keep your SMART goals small and do-able.
- Too many goals – If you’re new to SMART goals, start with one goal – that which would make the biggest difference once achieved.
- Goals made too infrequently – Make SMART goals more than once a year. I recommend reviewing and setting SMART goals monthly… although be sure to look at the SMART goal(s) you’re working on daily.
- The goal is outside the sphere of your influence – You need to have complete control of all the factors for your SMART goal. If you don’t, set a different goal.
SMART Goal Worksheet Download
Now that you’re armed with information to make your SMART goals the best out there, click below to download your SMART Goal Worksheet.
Feel free to print as many copies as you need.
Wrapping Things Up
Try starting with one SMART Goal, and have it last short term. -Whatever “short term” is to you, that’s fine. Then add in another SMART goal or two. Just make sure to keep the number of your SMART goals small.
Remember: you’re only focusing on the top 20% most important goals that make the biggest impact in your world.
I’d love to hear back from you; what your SMART goals are and how it went for you.
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