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Are you determined to get some good habits going this Summer?

Here’s good news: There’s a system for that.

Don’t rely on yourself to just get around to it. Make it SMART. SMART stands for:

  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Action-based;
  • Realistic; and
  • Time-lined.

Here’s an example – let’s say you want to exercise outside this Summer. Without the SMART system, it can easily become a dreamy, “Hmmm…I meant to, but something always got in the way” goal.

Transform it by saying: “Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday this Summer, I’m going to meet my neighbor at 6PM for a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood.”

  • Choosing days of the week makes it specific;
  • Choosing how much time you’ll dedicate makes it measurable;
  • Deciding where you’ll walk makes it action-based and realistic; and
  • Committing to walk during the Summer gives it a time-line.

Now that the kids are out of school, have them create their own SMART plan. Tuesday is library day, every Friday we make stuff (crafts, new recipes), etc.

Give it a try for your work goals as well as home projects. Be SMART!