Time is a thief, as my Uncle Dan loves to say, and if you want to achieve your most cherished life goals, you have to learn to manage it. As we all dive into the new year with fresh resolutions, psychologists say managing our time is the place to start.
“Time management is essential to the smart goal approach,” says Keisha Moore-Medina, a therapist at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, who helps clients navigate goal-setting, using a well-known strategy that was developed in the 1980s known by the acronym SMART.
It’s a formula that helps you organize your time around your goals. And this may require you to say ‘no’ to activities that don’t align. Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound — requiring a deadline or specific time frame. Here’s how SMART goals work and how they can help you use your time for the things that matter most.