When you think back to 10 years ago, how did you picture your life would be in the future? Have you managed to achieve all of the goals you set out for yourself 10 years ago? Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
It is easy to get stuck in the same routine that can leave you feeling stuck in a rut. Many of us neglect our adventurous or fun side once we feel comfortable in life with a full-time job, so we stop making new goals to better ourselves. Personal goals are important to keep us feeling fulfilled, determined and motivated to be our best. Setting clearly defined and realistic short and long term goals not only helps you stay focused, but helps you manage your time and resources better. For example, my long term goal is to become a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) by 2017. How will I accomplish this goal? By developing several specific and short term goals that outline what I must do right now to achieve this goal. For example, I must pass all classes in OT school and pass the national licensing exam. You can make your goals even more specific, outlining a daily or weekly task schedule to accomplish your short term goals, such as to “pass my classes”. Accomplishing goals that we set for ourselves can be very rewarding and lead to a better mental wellbeing state and can help you get where you want to go in life.
What are some things that are important to you in your life? A good way to increase your life satisfaction is to make a list of things you want to do, and then make short-term and long-term goals based on those things. It can be anything from learning new cooking/art/fitness skills, taking a class at a college/university or starting a new educational program that you’ve been thinking about for a while. Whatever it might be, now is the time to start accomplishing your goals. It is never too late! Once you start your steps to accomplish your goals, re-visit your list often and revise, if you feel you it is not realistic.
SMART goals are a goal-setting method that can help you structure your goals so that they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Feel free to use this template to guide you in your goal setting and good luck! SMART goals are helpful in many contexts including setting New Years Resolutions! But, setting goals for yourself and continuing to grow does not only have to happen in January. Growing, trying new things, and challenging yourself both at work and outside of work can positively impact mental health. Let us know what your goals are for yourself in the comments below!