Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Resolutions

New Year's Resolution #1: Try at least four new recipes each month.  

I'm already off to a good start (see Day 196 of my Project 365) but it IS only the first week, after all.  I promise to try and post the particularly delicious recipes here. 

One thing that I utilize in my work life that has translated perfectly to my personal life is setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.  In case you are not already familiar with this framework for goal setting, I want to share because when I take the time to think about goal setting in this way, I set myself up to be far more successful.

To be S.M.A.R.T. a goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.  My Project 365 is a good example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  I will know when I have been successful because it includes specific benchmarks, it is something I have the capacity to do and it has a clear start and end point.

Oh, and every time I think about S.M.A.R.T. goals I also think about The Simpsons. "I am so smart.  I am so smart.  S-M-R-T."

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