In March 2014, I introduced S.M.A.R.T. goals to the blog, citing both personal and professional dreams for the year, and wouldn’t you know, 2014 took off with a mind of its own and my goals (and a good portion of my life!) went to the wayside or catapulted me to new and challenging terrain that I hadn’t in the least bit expected.
Now that 2014 is behind me (praise Jesus!), I’m refocusing my energies and recharging my passions for what I am hopeful will be a fabulous 2015. S.M.A.R.T. goals can be applied to just about anything and anyone, but today I’m going to dig into S.M.A.R.T. goals for working moms. Given the many hats we wear, any opportunity to clearly direct our intentions personally, professionally and for our families is an opportunity to bring order, peace and insight to the chaos of daily life.
Let’s remind ourselves what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is:
Here are some examples of personal S.M.A.R.T. goals for working moms:
– I will go to the gym for 30 minutes three times a week.
- I will set aside 15 minutes each morning to read my devotional.
- I will schedule 1 ladies night out each month.
Here are some examples of professional S.M.A.R.T. goals for working moms:
- I will commit to responding to incoming emails within 24 hours.
- I will bring 5 new clients into my business each month.
- I will sponsor 1 charity event each quarter.
Here are some examples of family S.M.A.R.T. goals for working moms:
- I will put my phone on vibrate and up in my office from 5PM – 8PM each day.
- We will eat dinner as a family 4 nights a week.
- I will be home between 5:30PM-6:00PM every evening.
What is the relevance of these types of goals in your life?
For the personal goals, you’re committing to better time-management that will result in improved self-care. You are diligently scheduling time for yourself instead of leaving it to last minute adventures or a more general “I need to take more time for me in 2015.”
For the professional goals, you’re committing to quality and consistent engagement in your market, bringing in new business with specific efforts to improve service quality, become more involved in your community, and seek new opportunities. You’ve detailed a clear direction for your business instead of “I plan to increase my income in 2015.” How?
For the family goals, instead of telling your children “I promise to spend more time with you in 2015,” you are showing them exactly what you plan to do to carve out more quality time with the important people in your life. A good point here is the relevancy and attainability of these goals. It would be delightful to have dinner together as a family every night, but reality dictates that someone may have practice, a business dinner, something…at least some of the time. Instead of setting a goal destined for failure and frustration, set a reasonable goal that you can achieve. “I might not be able to do family dinner 7 nights a week, but I can commit to 4 nights a week.”
What are you hoping for this New Year? Where can you improve your life as a working mom? Take some time to jot down 5 S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2015. Put them somewhere you can see them daily and immediately work to actualize them. Share them with a family member or business partner so that they can hold you accountable. Here are a few S.M.A.R.T. goals I’m setting for myself in 2015:
- I commit to reading 2 books to my children every night before bed.
- I will aim to secure 3 full-service social media design clients for The Hampton Roads Creative this year.
- I commit to getting a babysitter one day a month just because I need me time. This time will be reserved for social time. No work!
- Modern Femme Photography commits to donating 1 session each quarter to a woman in need of some pampering and self-assurance.
- The Studio Hampton Roads will introduce 1 new potential studio use to the community each month.
My long-term S.M.A.R.T. goal that is the motivation for everything I do as a working mom? I will be the mother who meets her kids as they get off of the bus every day after school. The boys will go to school in two years, so I have that time to work harder and stronger to achieve that important life goal. What is your life goal?
This is my year!