It’s Ok To Hate Goal Setting

Posted by on December 13, 2018

I’ve never been a fan of “SMART” goals. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Related – you can read more here). I’d previously had years of unstable health. I’m a carer. I work a job. My free time is limited and dictated by important variables like health, not negotiable based on the “if you were really motivated you’d find time” type of attitude. SMART goals make me hate goal setting. 

 

It’s Ok To Hate Goal Setting

 

It's Ok To Hate Goal Setting

 

If I had smart goals, I’d be forever readjusting the timelines and not actually taking action on the goals. Not very smart, really. Productivity “experts” will probably wildly disagree with me. 

 

I say this: you are the foremost expert in your life. You can choose the goals (or lack thereof) that suit you. The method isn’t really that important. 

 

I also like to think about SMART goals in this context: how would you apply a SMART goal if you were painting? Would you say the picture is finished when there are 3 grams of paint on it within 1 week? That would meet all the criteria of a SMART goal. But it wouldn’t be smart.

 

You know when your painting is done. Not all goals are quantifiable. This is not to say SMART goals have no value. I’m sure they could help you with things that are universal, like doing your taxes by your due date. But to pretend they are universally valuable is not right. They are merely one method. 

 

At this time of year you’ll probably be bombarded with posts on the goal setting topic. This post is to remind you that the correct way of goal setting is the one that works for you. 

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