Set goals and build a healthier you

Summer is a season of fun and excitement, which makes it a great time to refresh your goals for the year. Make your summer goals more effective by clearly defining them in this S.M.A.R.T. goal exercise.

Use the exercise below to create your own goal.

Here’s an example: I want to brush twice each day and floss daily. I will accomplish this goal by tweaking my daily routine so it’s easier to remember to brush. For instance, I will place my cell phone charger next to my toothbrush so I don’t forget to brush at night. Accomplishing this goal will help me avoid cavities. I want to reach this goal within 14 days.


What is your specific goal?

Clearly define what you want to do. “I want to brush more” is too vague, but “I want to brush twice and floss once daily” has enough detail.


How will you track progress?

Monitor your progress to stay on track. In our example, you could check off each brush with a note next to the bathroom mirror.


What can you do to make this goal achievable?

Consider changes that will help you reach your goal. The example used a small tweak to help accomplish the overall goal, placing a cell phone charger next to the toothbrush.


Why is this goal a priority for you?

Your reason “why” can help you stay motivated. In the example, it was to avoid cavities.

Time bound

When do you want to reach your goal?

Set an end date to work toward. If you have a bigger overall goal, setting smaller milestones along the way may help you stay motivated.

Post your S.M.A.R.T. goal sheet somewhere visible as a reminder to keep going! If you have kids, you can help them create some goals, too. They may enjoy learning about it and tracking their progress along the way.

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