Today, I am working on those goals I mentioned from the last blog. Because it is the beginning of the
year and because we all have our New Years resolutions, this is a perfect time of year to prepare goals
that we can accomplish. I am NOT talking about goals like “I wanna lose weight” or “I will be a better
person this year”. If you are like me, those goals go to the wayside in less than a month. They are too
vague, and life seems to get in the way of reaching them. I am talking about S.M.A.R.T. goals like “I will
check my calendar every morning” or “I will work on staying off my phone for at least one hour more a
day for the next 3 months” or “write one paragraph on Tuesdays and Thursdays that can be put into my
blog.” Okay, the last one was intentional, but really is one of my goals. I may not get to it every Tuesday
and Thursday, but if I can do this at least once a week, I am that much closer to accomplishing my goal.
The reason these are S.M.A.R.T. goals is because they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and
timely. I am NOT just wishing for a goal, but will really work on accomplishing this goal by taking baby
steps and documenting the steps along the way. Most people with ADD /ADHD tend to struggle with
accomplishing goals mainly because the goals they choose are too vague so they lose focus. By setting
goals in this manner and writing them down or looking at the goals every day, it is a fresh reminder
and keeps you focused on your tasks at hand. Try this at home with your child or yourself. You will
see that if you set goals this way, it will be much easier to reach the end result you are looking for.
MOST importantly, take baby steps. Goals are not meant to be huge and unreachable. Every new
accomplishment, no matter how small, is a closer step to your end result! Let me end this blog with
a challenge. .. set 3 S.M.A.R.T. goals and keep up with them daily, and you will see huge results in a
month. Until the next blog…good luck on your new S.M.A.R.T. goals!
Check out this article to help your child with ADHD set goals….