Turning My Resolutions into SMART Goals

I made the following three resolutions for 2012.
1. Lose Weight.
2. Write a Book.
3. Make More Money Online.

These are fairly common resolutions. To improve my chances of keeping them I am making them SMART (specific,measurable,attainable,realistic,timely) goals.

Lose Weight

My goal is to lose fifty pounds by the end of 2012. That goal meets all the criteria for being a SMART goal. My plan to lose the weight is to join a gym and exercise three times a week, stop drinking soda, and eat healthier food. Just cutting out the soda should be enough to lose the weight since it is probably my largest source of calories. If things work out right I might hike two or three weeks which would also give a boost to my weight loss efforts.

Write a Book

My goal is to write a book and publish it on Amazon by the end of 2012. That goal also meets all the criteria for being a SMART goal. I might tweak that goal and make the deadline earlier. My plan to meet this goal is to write 10,000 words a week. Breaking that down further to five days a week of writing 2,000 words it should take me about two to four hours a day to meet this goal. I’m also going to include my writing for blog posts in this total. Since blogging is my job this is a realistic time commitment.

Make More Money Online

My goal is make more money online in 2012 than I did in 2011. I don’t have as much control over this goal as I do the other two but I think it still meets the SMART criteria. My plan to meet this goal is to post on my blogs more often which my writing goal will help me accomplish. I also plan to outsource some writing and carnival submissions and will consider more outsourcing. One more thing I intend to do is to make placeholder sites at least for all the domain names I currently own. My plan for meeting this goal isn’t as detailed as the others but I will likely make monthly goals during the year to help me attain this goal as well. Since I didn’t start using Crystal’s advertising services until almost halfway through this year and I also have another blog this goal shouldn’t be that hard to achieve but you never know what the year will bring.

I will have a post reviewing my progress towards these goals at the end of each month to help keep me on track. Plus I will likely make smaller goals to help achieve these goals during the year. If things go well I might make some smaller goals during the year that don’t have anything to do with these goals. If you have any tips or advice on what I should do to meet these goals please share them.

14 thoughts on “Turning My Resolutions into SMART Goals”

  1. +1 on Krantcents, $10,000 a month? Seems like a nice, round number, haha.

    Also, kudos on the weight loss goals. 4 pounds a month – and about 1 pound a week… it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you can do it!

  2. I also have a New Year’s Goal to lose weight. I was a pop fiend, usually drinking 2 a day, but I gave it up in September, and after the first few weeks, I didn’t miss it. I thought I would lose a lot of weight after I gave it up, but I didn’t. I have to ramp up the exercise and eat healthier too. Good luck! Giving up pop will be hard, but you can do it!

  3. Those are some pretty big goals 🙂

    The first two do sound SMART, but I’m with the others on thinking the third needs more clarification on what total you’re aiming for and how you plan to get there.

  4. Good luck with your goals. Losing 50 lbs seems like a huge task. Take it slow and change your lifestyle is the way to do it. Cut out that soda. Try drinking sparkling water splashed with a bit of OJ or other juice instead.


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