As I was thinking about my enthusiasm for things like eating healthy, exercising regularly, reading a variety of books and being more intentional about family time as we kick off the new year, I realized that my most important goal for 2015 is one that I’ve neglected in the past: monthly evaluations.
In fact, this is the only measurable goal I’m setting.
Yep, despite popular advice—advice I’ve even given—on the importance of measurable, achievable goals, most of the goals on my list aren’t necessarily measurable. The idea of committing to family game nights once a week, for example, feels more like a chore than just practicing the art of suggesting them spontaneously, and the same can be said for exercising, reading aloud, etc. I know I’m not going to do them perfectly, and I don’t want them to turn into a source of guilt rather than joy, so I’m hesitant to attach measurable goals to the overall value.
But taking time to think about the kind of life I want to live is motivating, and I think setting a goal to evaluate how well I’ve practiced each of those values each month—and stoke my commitment to working toward them—will be incredibly motivating.
I’m not quite ready to commit to sharing that progress here each month because the last thing I want to do is regurgitate a boring post each month out of obligation, but I do think I’ll set aside a page in my new Choose Gratitude journal that Crystal sent me to spend some time reflecting on the successes and failures for each month.
I have a feeling that that practice will be more valuable in creating a life I love than all the SMART goals I could possibly imagine!
Do you set measurable goals for the New Year? Do you evaluate your progress monthly?