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12) SMART

When it comes to setting goals think SMART

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  • S= specific. Narrow down and define your goal. Be clear about what you want to do
  • M= measurable. If you can measure what you want to do in some way you will know how close you are to achieving your goal
  • A= achievable. Best to set small targets which can be met rather than expecting too much at first. Small steps can lead to big improvements with time.
  • R= realistic. If your goal is not realistic you could become frustrated or demoralised when you cannot meet your own expectations.This does not mean you shouldn't attempt to reach your goal you may have to change the method. If you are not sure seek help.
  • T= timescale. After a stroke many tasks take longer than before. Make sure your timescales to aim for are also realistic for you.

An example of SMART goal would be - walk with dog to shop and back (specific) by the end of the month (measurable and timescale). Walking 5 minutes a day for the first week, 10 minutes second week up to 15 minutes by end of month to get to the shop (achievable and realistic).

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  • S= specific. Narrow down and define your goal. Be clear about what you want to do
  • M= measurable. If you can measure what you want to do in some way you will know how close you are to achieving your goal
  • A= achievable. Best to set small targets which can be met rather than expecting too much at first. Small steps can lead to big improvements with time.
  • R= realistic. If your goal is not realistic you could become frustrated or demoralised when you cannot meet your own expectations.This does not mean you shouldn’t attempt to reach your goal you may have to change the method. If you are not sure seek help.
  • T= timescale. After a stroke many tasks take longer than before. Make sure your timescales to aim for are also realistic for you.

An example of SMART goal would be – walk with dog to shop and back (specific) by the end of the month (measurable and timescale). Walking 5 minutes a day for the first week, 10 minutes second week up to 15 minutes by end of month to get to the shop (achievable and realistic).

Goal setting may not be suitable for people who have severe memory problems or who have limited insight into their problems. These people need much more support and planned help. Get help and advice from health professionals or CHSS advice line on 0808 801 0899.


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