I wanted to write a whole essay to talk about SMART goals and why it matters, but to be honest setting up SMART goals isn’t even my thing. I never did it. I failed at accomplishing more goals than I ever wrote down. Yet, at the back of my mind, I knew if I can work out a list of goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound, I can save a lot of time not wasting on wandering the Internet before I come across something interesting.
So I tried today. To open notes on my laptop and jot down what I want to do in the next 90 to 120 minute. Here’s an example:
1. Know how to crop image with CSS
2. Apply two image hover effects to my project
3. Brainstorm 19 bullet points for the project’s content
Measurable: It shows up on my website – either I see it (which means mission accomplished) or don’t (which means I have to figure out until it shows up).
Attainable: I have the Internet at my disposal and I have read about these before.
Relevant: It is what I want for my website
Time-bound: in 90 minutes
So there, the most reasonable SMART goal I ever set. Even though it was just for 90 minute time frame, by checking off the list, I felt motivated to do more than I needed to. I ended up with five different image hover effects. Later in the day, I had a couple more SMART goals, one of which was drinking enough water and fix some problems on The Tale’s website. I think I’ll try this more tomorrow and days after that. Then, let’s see how well it turns out!