Setting goals has never been so simple!
Every December, I start to hear my friends and family talk about their New Year’s resolutions-- drink more water, eat better, exercise. Let’s be real, teacher friends. These resolutions are too lofty and vague. Failure is sure to follow. What we really need is to get SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely)!
As teachers, we’re very familiar with setting SMART goals for and with students to help them achieve at higher levels in math, reading or to improve behavior. We look at data, determine the target, then plot out how and when students will meet the goal. Research tells us that goal setting is the single most powerful motivational tool because it “provides purpose, challenge, and meaning. Goals energize people. Specific, clear, challenging goals lead to greater effort and achievement than easy or vague goals do.” (Blanchard, 2007)
So if SMART goals work for students, why can’t they help us meet our own personal and professional goals? Here’s how you can transform your tired New Year's resolutions into SMART goals!