S.M.A.R.T. goals help us better manage our time and make our goals achievable. How shall we apply S.M.A.R.T. in our daily life? Example: “There are some books on the shelf. Let me read them when I have time.”
“When I have time” is too ambiguous. Make it specific, like “everyday after dinner”.
“Some books” can mean two books or three books. It’s better to change “some books” into a measurable number, say “3 books”.
When the goal is too ambitious for us to achieve, we may get frustrated and lose the motivation to go for it. For example, “finishing one book a night” might be too difficult, so please set the goal to “one chapter a night” first.
The goal should matter to you, be at the right time and aligned with higher goals. For example, I’m going to read this Japanese book so my Japanese will improve and eventually I can enjoy Japanese dramas like a local.
Give a time-frame for finishing this goal. Example: one hour, one week, or one month, etc.
So by applying S.M.A.R.T., I’m going to read the Japanese book first, 1 chapter a day after dinner, for a week. Let’s all be S.M.A.R.T. in using our time!