Become a Procrastination Killer by Being SMART

January 13, 2012
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Procrastination exists among all of us.  But, how people deal with procrastination and let it affect their day-to-day life—at home, at the office, with friendships and relationships—is a completely different thing.  One of the best ways to kill procrastination is by setting goals to help you accomplish and manage the things you need to do.  But, everyone has goals and there’s something that separates those that have goals and never accomplish them from those that do.

So, to help you become a better goal-setter and kill procrastination, you have to be SMART.  That means your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.

Specific.  Your goals should be specific and the more that you define what you want to achieve, the better you can figure out what it is that you need to do to accomplish your goals. The goal should tell who is involved, why it is important (Example: “My goal is to be skinny.”  versus “My goal is to lose 25lbs to feel better about my body and to help lower my cholesterol.”)

Measurable. Your goal should have a result that is measurable, so that you have a way to determine whether you are reaching your goal and how far you are reaching your goal.  (Example: “My goal is to be lose weight.” versus “My goal is to lose 25lbs.”)

Attainable. Your goal should be realistic and attainable within the scope of your skills, abilities and resources to achieve such a goal.  (Example: A 40-year old setting a goal to become an NBA basketball player would not be a very realistic or attainable goal, since the chances of the NBA recruiting a player at that age are slim to none.)

Relevant. This aspect of goal-setting has to do with making sure that the goal has relevance and importance to the goal setter to work and reach his or her intended goals.

Timely. Your goal should have a timeframe for completion, whether it is a goal you are setting to accomplish by the end of the year or with a specific date in mind.  This also helps with holding yourself accountable to your goals and gauging where you are with respect to attaining your goal.

There’s a saying that goes, “Goals that are unwritten are just wishes.”   So, when creating your new SMART goals for yourself, write down your goal.  It is a proven fact that those who write down their goals are more likely to accomplish them and once you’ve written down your SMART goal, you will be one step closer towards accomplishing it!

This post is brought to you by Dale Carnegie Training of Maryland and the DC Metro Area. We would love to connect with you on Facebook.

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