How To Succeed Without Really Trying {or just making a plan and sticking to it}

I'm a person that enjoys the details, so SMART goals just might be one of my favourite things. I find that the more specific the goal, the easier it is to gauge whether or not you are actually on your way to achieving it. I also love that the foundation for how to go about achieving the goal is actually laid out in the goal itself. Pretty genius, right? The other thing that I've learned about setting goals is that they aren't fixed points, so you have to re-evaluate them from time-to-time to make sure that they still make sense in your life. 

Here are {some} of my SMART goals for 2013:  

  • In 2013 I'm going to replace my current vehicle with one that is more reliable. I'm going to find one that is efficient, practical, and one that makes financial sense for me. I'm going to do this by spending time researching, test-driving, and budgeting for the right car.
  • In 2013, I'm going to focus more of my attention on my friends and family. I'm going to make the conscious effort to spend quality time with them. There is a good chance that I'm going to do this by spending less time on my phone/iPad/the internet/watching TV.
  • In 2013, I'm going to set myself up for success financially. I'm going to do this by utilizing a practical budget, spending my money responsibly, and by saying no to impulse and/or stress shopping.
  • In 2013, I am going to save $5000. I'm going to do this by consciously saving money each pay period and putting a greater portion of any bonuses into my savings account.
  • In 2013, I'm going to develop five skills through a combination of reading, practicing, speaking, and/or taking classes {as applicable}.
    • I am going to become more proficient with Adobe Illustrator {so that I no longer feel the need to keep the bible right next to me while using it}
    • I am going to flex my French muscles {with the five-year goal of speaking only French at home
    • I am going to learn to paint my nails without getting polish all over my fingers. {who said that goals can't be whimsical and slightly vain?}
    • I am going to master making flaky, wonderful pie crust.
    • I am going to master five signature meals {so that I can make them with my eyes closed}. 


What goals have you set for yourself this year?