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How to Make SMART Goals

At Authentic Girl Co., we believe in the power of girls. We created our line of ruled journals, sketch books, and contacts books because we think being creative and authentic on paper is a great step towards female empowerment. One great way to use your ruled journal is to write out the goals you have for the future and how you plan to meet them! In today’s post, we’re talking about how to create SMART goals.

What Are SMART Goals?

You’re a smart girl and you want to set smart goals — using the S-M-A-R-T method is a great way to make that happen! SMART goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Keep reading to learn what that means!

Specific

When deciding what your goal will be, answer questions like who, what, and when.

Who...will work with you toward your goal?
What...do you want to accomplish?
When...will you know whether or not you’ve reached your goal?

You want to get specific about what kind of goal you’re working towards. For example, “be a better student” is too broad — how will you know when you’ve succeeded? “Get straight As” is a better goal, because you have a clear finish line, but there’s a lot of wiggle room in how you accomplish that goal. If you want to get straight As, then try smaller, more specific goals, such as studying a certain subject for 15 minutes every day. A goal that is too big or general can be harder to meet than a clearly defined task.

Measurable

How do you know if you’re making progress toward your goals? What small steps can you make along the way? When you make a goal, make sure it’s something you can track so you can see how hard you’re working and look back at how far you have come. When you see how much you’ve already put into a goal, it can help keep you motivated!

Achievable

It’s awesome to have big dreams! When you’re making specific goals, however, make sure to start with something you know is within reach. It should be challenging, but exciting. You don’t want to dread your daily tasks because they seem too daunting! It’s all about developing new skills and habits and sticking to your plan.

Relevant

You CAN make a goal to eat pizza every day, but does that make sense with what you want to accomplish in the next few weeks, months, or years? Choosing a goal that is relevant means choosing a goal that ties into your overall plans. Is pizza what you should be focusing on? Or should you find goals that relate more to your plans to become a star athlete or first chair violinist, like practicing every day?

Time-Bound

One of the most important parts of creating a SMART goal is setting a time limit to help make sure you follow through. Give yourself a due date for when you want to be ready, like the first day of school or your next birthday. Make sure you choose a date that will challenge you to stay on track, but not one that’s so soon you’ll struggle to accomplish your goal. The point of setting a deadline is to make sure you don’t forget about your goal or decide you’ll worry about it next year.

Get Started Today!

A journal is the perfect place to start writing down your goals for the future. Write out what you want to accomplish, when you want to accomplish it, and what you have to do to get there. You can also track your progress as you go or journal about how it’s going and how you feel along the way. Start your female empowerment journey today!