With Olympic fever on our minds, one thing on my mind has been the time that these athletes put into working countless hours for training.
I ran into an interesting article on Lifehacker (where else? :)) about the S.M.A.R.T Method.
Although this isn’t exactly what the Olympic athletes, its a great way to see how these athletes think as well as how you can think to hit a goal you have been trying to hit for a while!
SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Boxed
Specific– (My opinion, the most important one of the bunch) If your goal isn’t specific, like “getting the job with xx company” or “running a 10K under one hour” it’s going to be difficult for you to accomplish. Break a large goal into different “mini” goals in order to attack each one.
Measurable– If the goal isn’t measured, how will you know if you succeeded? Make sure you have a way to measure!
Achievable– Be reasonable and realistic. You aren’t going to go from running 2 miles to 10 in one week. Make sure that the goal is something that is realistic and able to be accomplished.
Relevant– If your goal is not something you are passionate about. It’s not going to relevant for you to complete it.
Time Boxed- If you put a time frame to it, you are more likely going to have the pressure to complete it.
You can see that these athletes can definitely use this system. They break down goals into different items to ensure success. And you can too! I do not think that I could possibly have the time to learn how to swim. There’s no way with work, school, blogging (I love blogging and do not consider it a task but it is time!), workouts (same as blogging) for me to be able to fit in another goal. BUT, with this management system and breaking my goal into small tasks and using S.M.A.R.T I think I can do it.
Adding a goal or something that you want to achieve is not something you should think of as a time constraint. Think about it as something you WANT and then focus on HOW to get there. Don’t worry about time, we all know these athletes we’re seeing on the primetime every night would go into the wee hours training if they had to.
Do you have any goals coming up that you can use the S.M.A.R.T method with?