My 2018 S.M.A.R.T. Goals (because resolutions don’t work)

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We’re more than a week into 2018 and I suppose it’s time for me to share some stereotypical resolutions. Here’s the deal, resolutions have never worked for me! Typically I get two weeks in and “forget” or “take a break” or “have a cheat day” which usually leads to a “cheat eternity”. So in 2018, I’m going to apply a concept that is new to me, making S.M.A.R.T. goals.

What  S.M.A.R.T Goals Are

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that I had never heard of until last month, and one that just ‘clicked’ with me when I heard it. Here is what it stands for:

  • S- Specific goal. Not “get healthier” but “lose weight”.
  • M- Measurable goal.  Not “lose weight” but “lose 30 pounds”.
  • A- Attainable goal. Not “lose 100 lbs as a 150 lb person” but “lose 30 lbs as a 150 lb person”.
  • R- Relative goal. If I’m just wanting to be a better house keeper in 2018, a weight loss goal is not relevant to helping me achieve the Ideal Me.
  • T- Timely goal. Not “lose 30 pounds” but instead “lose 30 pounds in 1 year, by working out thrice weekly and logging/counting calories daily using the Lose-It app”.

With that said, here are my 2018 S.M.A.R.T. goals. Be sure to follow along, to not only keep me accountable but to see if this is an effective method for me!

My 2018 S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  1. I am absolutely terrible at responding back to digital communication, and that’s an awful downfall to have for my profession! One of my 2018 S.M.A.R.T. goals is to respond to ALL comments, emails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets, within two days of receiving them. Not every outreach is one that requires a reply (like some comments that simply read “nice”), so in those instances, I will simply “like” or “react” to that response if that is an option.
  2. I have a handful of books on my shelf that have not been read yet, and many more that I would like to read. All books on my want-to-read list are about self improvement, personal finance, real estate, politics, financial independence (early retirement), or minimalism- which are key parts in my life right now. I need to read these! My second S.M.A.R.T. goal is to read a minimum of 2 books per month during 2018. That’s one book biweekly, or 24 books over the course of a year. If you’re curious why I believe that books are NEVER a waste of money, check out this post by my blogging idol Jillian.
  3. My third S.M.A.R.T. goal pertains to my BIG DREAM, which if you get my newsletter (HINT HINT), you’ll know what that is. I want to put $1,500 in savings per month, for a minimum of 8 months in 2018. Of course I would prefer 12 months, but I will be doing lots of work on myself, my home, and other projects, as well as some road tripping this year.
  4. S.M.A.R.T. goal number four is to workout three times a week, every week (unless I am injured or sick) AND to do at least two outside workouts every month for a year. I am pretty happy with my weight, but I’d like to lose just a tiny bit more fat around my face, gain more muscle in my arms, legs, and core, and really gain more stamina/strength all over, while also enjoying some fresh air (because my online work has really cut into that).
  5. This blog has been a great motivator, outlet, and learning tool for me, as well as a good resource for my niche readers. Because of that, I really would like to contribute to Diamonds N’ Denim more. S.M.A.R.T. goal number five reflects that, because I will upload 6 new posts every month, for the entire year of 2018. Ideally, I try to publish two posts a week (a Money or Minimalism Monday, and a Whatever Wednesday) for a total of 8 posts a month, but I know that’s not always possible, especially if I get too involved with my work, projects, or travel.
  6. Corresponding with goals three and four, my S.M.A.R.T. goal number six is to have 3 completely vegetarian days a week. I want to be healthier, and I want to save more money for my big project. A great way to do that is to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less meat and processed foods. I experimented with this a bit near the end of 2017 and it really had me feeling great and saving quite a chunk of change.
  7. S.M.A.R.T. goal seven is a bit strange, but one that will help me feel more ‘put together’. I will be making my bed a minimum of 6 days a week, and washing my bedding a minimum of twice a month. As a child, I did neither of those things unless I just absolutely had to. To represent my life as an adult and as a wife who cares about her herself, her husband, and her home, this goal is ideal for me.
  8. Last but certainly not least, is S.M.A.R.T. goal number eight, to double 2017’s total traffic. The goal of Diamonds N’ Denim is to reach as many interested people as possible, which makes this goal very relevant and crucial. I do not have as much control over this goal, but I do have control over how often I post, content quality, and how often I share my work on social media. In 2017, I multiplied 2016’s numbers 8 times over, with very little promotion or effort. In the second half of 2017, I doubled the first half of 2017, so I don’t believe that doubling all of of last year’s views is unattainable.
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Let’s Talk!

  • Have you heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
  • What are your 2018 goals or resolutions?
  • Do you think this an effective way to get things done?

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14 thoughts on “My 2018 S.M.A.R.T. Goals (because resolutions don’t work)”

  1. Yes, yes, yes. I am a sucker for overly ambitious (i.e. UNREALISTIC and STRESSFUL) goals, but this year it’s all about embracing my REAL life (not the one in my imagination of the best day EVERY day, rather than a real day every day…) and accepting my emotional and mental limits (which I kind of suck at). Thanks for the reminder to be SMART with goals. DEFINITELY true to a T! Have a blessed day!

    1. Those darn emotional limits always seem to get me! I have a feeling that this will be your year, and I’m excited for you! Also thank you you for stopping in and taking the time to comment, that means a lot!

  2. I haven’t heard of SMART goals! That’s awesome! I’ve heard of setting realistic goals, which is my focus this year. I call myself a “recovering perfectionist” because I often shoot for the moon and get burnt out doing so. Your goals seem very realistic with room for life to happen. You can totally do it! I’m trying to make my productivity blog into an inspiration for myself and others. “Unlazylike.” So much work to do! Goals!

    1. Perfectionism is a gift and a burden, and I understand that well. Running a productivity blog as a “recovering perfectionist” is a pretty cool concept! Feel free to leave a link to that so I can check it out! And thank you for stopping in and taking the time to comment!

  3. I don’t know if I’ve ever been called a blogging idol. Has a nice ring to it! =) Ha. Or blogging friend works too! =) I love that post too. I was just creating my book list together. For my birthday, I always buy myself 5-15 new books. =)

    1. Jillian you’re the very first blogger I’ve found who seems really “real” and in it for her readers, not the money, and not the praise. Idol is fitting, so thank you! Part of me wishes that I hadn’t read that post though, because now whenever I see a new book I think “wow, $12 for the best of what that guy knows, I’d be silly to NOT buy this” and then I have 497 books at home that I’m reading through, but not nearly fast enough. 😀

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment, this is so cool!

  4. These are great. I really appreciate how you embraced the SMART concept with measurable and specific.

  5. Love the smart goals! I’m focused on many of the same things! In 2017 we drilled in on our food and enjoyed the compromise of going plant based at home. It makes me happy to have a fridge full of fruits and veggies that I know I’ll eat and not throw out!

    2018, I plan to commit to the 4x/week workouts!

    1. Oooh I like it! It is very satisfying to open the fridge and see more vegetables than anything else. What workout plans do you have in mind? I am starting to get tired of my usual routine. Thank you so much for stopping in and taking the time to comment!

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