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How To: New Year Resolutions with SMART Goal Setting

With 2018 coming to an end, there’s no better time to do some self-reflection on what went well this year, what can be done better and apply that to ourselves next year. As the saying goes, new year, new (and better improved) me, right? If you’re feeling lost and are not sure of how to start planning for the following year and how to go about drafting new year resolutions that you would actually adhere to, you’ve come to the right place! Have you heard of SMART goal setting? If you aren’t familiar or need a quick refresher, we’ll get to what SMART goals are exactly in a bit. Here’s a brief overview of what we’ll be covering in this post:

  1. Why is setting goals important?
  2. What are some examples of goals you could set?
  3. How does one set SMART goals?
  4. Planners to aid in your goal setting
  5. Free Goal Setting Downloadable Printable!

Why is setting goals important?

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Chances are, if you’re reading this article right now, you probably don’t quite know what to do next in life, and are feeling a little aimless and lost. Setting a goal (or goals) to work towards to helps you to define the direction that you should work towards to, and areas in which you can better focus all your efforts on.

With the setting of SMART goals, you can also feel a sense of accomplishment when you do achieve them which acts as further motivation for subsequent goals!

What are some examples of goals that you could set?

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There are many different types of goals that you could have which might differ from your friends and family, so it’s important to note that there is no right or wrong goal. What makes a goal a good one is that it is important and matters to you.

  • Physical Health: Perhaps one of the most common new year resolutions ever, do you want to lose/gain weight to reach a healthier you? Or do you want to master a new sport? Exercise more regularly?
  • Mental Health: What do you need to do to relieve stress or feel better? A social media detox? Regular yoga classes? Weekly Me-Time? A vacation overseas?
  • Career: What job do you wish to have, and what steps do you need to take to achieve your career goals?
  • Financial: Is there something you’re saving up for, perhaps a holiday, car or a new house? How much do you need to earn and save?
  • Family/Friend: Do you want to spend more time with them? Change your attitude towards them?
  • Altruistic: How do you want to help make the lives of others (both people and animals) better? Do you want to volunteer more? Use less plastic or water?

How does one set SMART goals?

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For a goal to be SMART, it needs to be:


A goal is harder to work towards to when it’s ambiguous. Compare the following goals, “I want to help the environment” and “I want to participate in beach clean-ups at least once a month.” Goals are easier to work towards to when they are specific.


When you make a goal measurable, it would be easier to judge to see if you’ve achieved it or are on track to achieving it. If you didn’t manage to, you could possibly revisit the goal to see what more could be done and if you managed to, it’s a great time to give yourself a pat on the back!


We all probably want to achieve world peace and stop global warming ASAP but as the saying goes, Rome was not built in a day. It is thus important to ensure that while your goals are challenging to push yourself out of your comfort zone, they are not impossible to achieve. If it’s the latter, it might become demoralising instead of being challenging.


As I’ve mentioned before, what makes a goal a good one is when it’s important and it matters to you. Do your goals make you happy? Do they fit into your plan for the future? If they don’t, they might not be worth the effort!


Without a deadline, most of us would do what we do best – procrastinating; and nothing would ever get done. It is thus important to have a deadline set so that you can plan out a realistic timeline to better achieve your goals!

Planners to aid in your goal setting

With an idea of how you should go about your SMART goal setting, it is of utmost importance to write them down so that you can always refer to them and track your progress from time to time! If you haven’t gotten one for yourself yet, fret not! We’ve shortlisted a few planners here for you to choose from depending on your budget.

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Kai’s 2019 Personal Planner @ SGD$69.90

Perfect for if you want to splurge on yourself, there are bright colourful pages to welcome you at the start of every month with motivational quotes to power you through the month! There are also 2 full sticker pages for you to decorate your planner as you please.

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The Paper Bunny’s 2019 Planner @ $36.90

Perfect for those that not only uses a planner to plan, but to jot down ideas and notes on the side as well. This planner not only comes with a specific goal activities page, it also has extra note taking pages at the end of every month!

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Helumi’s 2019 Planner: $16.90

Perfect for the ones who want to get the most bang for their buck, this extremely affordable planner has 5 activity pages (on top of the basics) to help make planning for the next year a breeze! Want something more serious looking? They have a classic navy version as well.

Bonus: pslove’s Goal Setting Printable (Free for Download)

Click here to download our pslove goal setting printable in PDF! 

Good luck with your New Year resolutions this coming year and hopefully you find this SMART goals setting guide useful! If you find that your neck is hurting after all the planning, check out our post on how to relief a stiff neck at work!

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