Where has the time gone? I find it incredibly hard to believe that we’ve just returned to work after Easter. I swear I’ll blink and it will be Christmas (blink again and I’ll be retired!). The time just slips away, much like our motivation to complete New Year’s resolutions. But it’s OK – it’s not too late to re-commit to completing your goals. Now that we’ve eaten all of our Easter eggs, let’s get back into it! Here’s how:
Looking back to the start of the year, Our sister company, Clicks, made some pretty wild claims that NYR’s don’t work. The statistics tend to agree that most will fail. Apologies if that’s not true for you, in fact, congratulations! Honestly, great job – we’d love to hear about your successes. But for those who did stray from the path, it’s time to debrief and have a look at how you and your goals might have parted ways.
Perhaps they are too optimistic or a bit vague? At INDEX, we are firm believers in SMART goals – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timeframe. This methodology is a great way to keep on track for a few reasons:
Specific and Measurable
‘Be healthier’ or ‘read more’ are classic NYR examples. But what defines these? When will you know these are complete? For example, drinking less alcohol is a great goal but why not try ‘A maximum of 5 standard drinks per week’. This creates a specific and measurable goal, which is really important so that you know exactly what you are doing and so you can see how you are progressing on paper. Witnessing an improvement is a terrific motivator to keep going!
Achievable and Realistic (and in an appropriate timeframe)
Let’s be honest – we all dream of having sculpted beach bodies with less than 15% body fat – by the end of the month. We will all definitely read 100 books this year and learn Italian (Giorgia – mi scusi). But when it comes down to it, aiming too high can be our worst enemy when achieving goals. Don’t be too lenient either, or you might find you’re celebrating too early and slip back into bad habits.
Similarly, setting yourself the right timeframe to complete your goals is crucial. An impossible deadline will only result in throwing in the towel when you realise it’s not going to happen in time. Too much time and you might not try your best.
Make achieving goals less like a chore and more like a game
Make a bet with someone. Financial motivators are a big help.
Look forward to cheat meals. They can be good for you.
Keep a record. So you can track your goals and share them!
A bit of friendly competition. Why not battle it out and see who can walk the most steps!
Most importantly, don’t be disheartened if you fail. It’s not just about hitting your targets this month or this year, it’s about lifestyle change – and learning that it’s ok to drop something if you are able to pick it back up again.
So best of luck and I look forward to our six month review in July.