S.M.A.R.T way to start The New Year!

The righteous keep moving forward... and... become stronger.Job 17:9

Whoever said, "Procrastination is the thief of time," was right. We keep postponing, promising ourselves we'll do better. Be honest, how many of last year's resolutions did you keep? This year do things differently. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. In other words, make them:

(S)pecific: Get up earlier in order to read your Bible and pray before going to work. Make time for your family. Exercise. Eat right. Take care of your body; it's God's temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

(M)oderate: tackling more than one project at a time dilutes your focus and makes it harder to stick with. When you start too much you finish too little. Start small and build on your successes by mastering and maintaining one thing at a time.

(A)chievable: don't try to swallow the whole elephant in one bite. Baby steps are the name of the game. Paul said, "One thing I do" (Philp 3:13 NKJV). Talk in terms of what you will do instead of what you won't. For example, instead of saying, "I'm not going to be so critical," say, "Today I'm going to look for something good in everybody I meet" (See Philp 4:8).

(R)ecordable: You can't manage what you can't measure. Documenting your progress (or lack of it!) makes you accountable, shows how far you've come and what you need to work on.

(T)ime-specific: review your goals weekly (or daily if you're struggling). That way you can troubleshoot early, and change direction when necessary. The Bible says, "Throw yourself into your tasks so… everyone will see your progress" (1 Timothy 4:15 NLT). Come on, make up your mind, get up off the couch and go for it!

Source: The Vine


anne said...

thanks for sharing girl. Now its valentines day we will be waiting again hehehe

Lisa C. aka Trophy of Grace said...

Great post! I really need to apply some of these things..Don't eat the whole elephant with one bite. Not allowing myself to get overwhelmed with so many different projects..work on one thing at a time. Thanks..these are great reminders and suggestions.

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Elvz said...

Thanks for all you nice comments dear friends! :)

Please bear with if it took me sometime to post your comments and my reply. I really have a hard time managing my time.

@ Hapi i will add you now in my blogroll. Thanks for your interest.

Happy blogging everyone :)

Lisa C. aka Trophy of Grace said...

Hello Ms. Elvz!!

I just saw your comment on Consecrated To Him. I was so happy to see it. I have not heard from you in awhile.

Time management is an issue that I have had to pray about since last year. Thank God that He is giving me wisdom and more self control to make better decisions regarding my time. This is an issue that I have to pray about daily though..lol..but that's how I do everything now..one day at a time. lol

Well..I hope to hear from you soon. God bless you dear sister..

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ExiOST said...

thanks for sharing guys