Setting SMART goals for the New Year – the stress-free way (Examples & Free Printable)


Happy New Year, friends! May the New Year bring you and your loved ones health and joy in the simplest moments of life.

Every December, I take a moment to look back on the past year and evaluate my ‘’performance’’. Setting goals allows me to stay laser focused on my personal priorities without losing touch with reality.

I got into the goal setting mindset when I was in university. Well, I guess I did that before – just in a less structured way.

Ever heard of SMART goals? I embrace the idea of a well-focused every-day life with open arms. At the same time, I feel there is a certain pressure that comes with it (if you are like me that is – read: get stressed when I fall short on my schedule). So, this year I have decided I am taking a step back. Nope- my list of tasks did not change; in fact it’s getting bigger and bigger. What I will be mainly working on is my attitude and thinking habits. I am adding more flexibility to my Attainable and Measurable part.

Want to get better at setting SMART goals?

The people behind Mindtools website have written a pretty good article about Personal Goal Setting & a great article on the Golden Rules on Goal Setting – if you are interested.  (totally #nonsponsored)

Here are some of my goals for 2019, broken down by category:

  1. Family:

Goal: Be present = Switch off my mobile the moment I get off work & enjoy family evenings

Ever since I got back to work, I constantly carry that mom guilt in my pocket. It’s gradually fading away, as David gets bigger, but still I always ask myself – did I spend enough time with him today? Starting a new blog can definitely interfere with family time –in the long run I know I’ll regret if I miss the sweet family moments with my little guy (and husband!).

  1. Emotional health

Goal: Improve thinking habits = Listen to/ read Louise L. Hay’s affirmations 1 to 2 times a month.

People are creatures of habit – that is especially true for the way we think. What we think, that becomes true for us – becomes our world and the air we breathe. So, improving the way I re-act to the things I have little to no control over is a no-brainer.

3. Physical health

Goal: Exercise regularly = do yoga or exercise on the cross trainer – 2 to 4 times a week for 30 min

There are numerous books, research on the idea that even 15 min of exercise improve body tonus, emotional state and general well-being. The thing is, we were not created to sit in a chair all day long. Maybe evolution will change that in a zillion years, but today, right now, I know my body and my mind need regular movement.

  1. Work:

Goal: Get better = read 3 to 5 business related articles a week (via Feedly per se)

Every day is a new challenge in a way. I constantly strive to improve my knowledge base and my work-related skills. Coming back to work from maternity leave means I probably missed some important developments and business happenings in the past year (you know, baby cuddles always get a priority).

Style Details: 

  1. Red coat: From La Redoute, bought a few years back.  Here is a similar one (slightly darker share of red) from this year’s collection.  If you are more into a business look: I’d recommend this one – the red classic! You really cannot go wrong with it.   

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