I’ve set myself a SMART goal this week: to go lap swimming for half an hour each weekday at the local pool. (And yes, it is winter, but I have the option of an indoor or outdoor pool – though I’m planning to Polar Bear it out and attempt the bracing option!)
I know exercise is absolutely necessary in supporting my mood, but I also find mini-challenges easier to fulfill at this stage. What makes this a SMART goal? It’s:
Specific – I’ve outlined exactly what I want to achieve
Measurable – A definite, quantified number has been set
Achievable – I have the time and resources to do this; it’s also got an action-oriented verb (“go lap swimming”)
Realistic and Relevant – Again, I can manage 30 minutes per day this week, and it’s something I really want to do, as exercise is so important to my mood
Time-bound – it has a definite start time (today) and endpoint (Friday).
The challenges will be getting going early enough each day to beat the rush at the pool, and also overcoming my body-image related reluctance to be seen in bathers – I’m still carrying many extra kilos from last year. (Sigh.)
Who knows? It may evolve into a SMARTER goal, one which I Evaluate and Re-Evaluate afterwards, as the cycle continues! … but I do believe in ‘keeping the horizon close’ when dealing with exercise mini-challenges.
OK, it’s time to back away from the computer, get ready and step out into the brisk morning coolness to brave the waters … wish me luck. Ah, it’s raining. Excellent; I’ll arrive at the pool pre-moistened!
Have you set yourself an exercise mini-challenge (or maxi-challenge!) lately? How did it pan out for you?