If I hear another guide on goal setting that says SMART goals, I will scoop my brain out from losing brain cells from this very original thought someone copy-and-pasted from every other article on goal setting. It’s an easy acronym, but so overused that I get annoyed when people think they’re sharing some great insight when it’s been used in every article on goals ever.
If you don’t know SMART goals, the idea is to set goals that are Specific, Manageable, Actionable, Attainable, Relative, and Timely.
But while these are great ideas, I think goal setting has become too complicated. First there are SMART goals, then there is BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals), then there are micro-goals. Which if you follow, conflict with each other. So that’s already a mess.
But the bigger picture is that goal setting should be different for different people because we’re all 1) motivated by different things and 2) are working on different goals. So naturally, we’d want to aim for them in better ways.
So I came up with my own goal acronym: STUPID goals – ones that are Simple That Ur Probably Intrinsically Dedicated. It means that it’s easy enough that you’ll stay motivated to do them.
To be honest, I just took the opposite of SMART and added words that kind of made a sentence. But my point is that we should take our own approach on setting and working towards goals. I like goals that are simple, tell me when I’m finished and are flexible to do. SMART goals are a bit too complex for me to work with.
For example, I love deadlines and hate process goals because I’m not a fan of routines (apparently Sagittarius traits). I work last minute and when I can because life happens and I get bored doing the same thing every day. If I am writing an article, I’d rather have “FINISH ARTICLE ON GOALS BY JULY 24th” vs “Write 500 words a day for x article”. I KNOW I’m not going to sit and write 500 words, but having it done by the 24th is hard to miss.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have an issue with SMART goals. They work with some people and if you don’t know how you work, they are a great way to start. I just wanted to throw out there that it’s also okay to have STUPID goals, as long as it works for you.