SMART Goals for Families

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

SMART Goals for Families

Choosing and writing down your goals is important, but don't stop there! Once you've decided on the goals you want to focus on, you'll want to break each goal down into smaller steps or goals, so you have a clear idea of what is required of you, to get closer to achieving that final goal.

This post explains the SMART Goals acronym so you can teach it to your kids and guide them through making their goals "SMART". There's also a free printable worksheet at the end of the post that you can print out for your family members (adults too!) to work through each of your goals.

How to teach the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting Acronym

A great way to break your goals down is by using the SMART Goals acronym! 

SMART stands for:

Time Bound

You can take a goal and ask yourself how to answer whether it is each of those things, and if not- how can you tweak it, to make it a "smarter" goal. Here are some ideas of how you can take your goal and transform it into a SMART goal:


Define them as clearly as you can because a specific goal is more likely to be achieved than a general one.

When asked about your goal, can you answer questions about Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why? If not, you can probably get more specific!


How will you measure your progress?

You could set some achievement dates or deadlines for yourself so that you're aiming to accomplish certain "baby steps" along the way to your final goal.


If you have a huge goal, that's awesome! Sometimes it's good to create a "sub goal" that's more attainable for now, but also gets you closer to that huge goal.

Focus on what's in your control, and less on the final result.


Are you willing and able to work toward this goal right now?

Does it make sense for you & your current situation/plans?

Sometimes asking yourself about this one can help you to recognize that a goal isn't actually one that makes sense for you (at least right now)!  Remember that whatever you choose to spend your time on is taking up space & time that could be spent on something else- so make sure you're focused on the goals that are most important to you.

Time Bound:

When you set a schedule or deadline, you create a sense of urgency and commitment and are more likely to keep working toward it!

Free Printable Worksheet!

To help you to work through your goals to make them SMART, I've created a simple worksheet that you can download for free and print for your family members to use!

Click Here to download the SMART Goals worksheet!
Each page has space to make notes about 4 different goals.

I hope this post helps you to help your family to make their goals easier to tackle!

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  1. This is so helpful! I need to sit down and do this with my boys.

    1. It's good for them, but it's good for the parents too, for our goals!

  2. I love this. I downloaded it and will be printing some! This is such a great idea!!

  3. Some fabulous tips Heather! Thank you for sharing!


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~Heather Lynne

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