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Weekly Challenge: This week’s challenge is to begin working on a rough draft of your yearly goals for 2021. As a reminder, assume you will experience random lockdowns throughout 2021, until the new vaccines are widespread. I read yesterday that vaccines, at least in the U.S., are going to be prioritized to medical personnel, and other front-line first-responders.

Also, as a reminder, use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym. S-specific, M-measurable, A-attainable, R-realistic, T-time bound. This will allow you to gauge your efforts and measure your results. Many of my friends who do not use this end up having difficulty seeing how they are doing or figuring out how to move forward because they are missing one of the key points of this acronym. Try it out.

Here’s an example. One of my goals for 2021 will be to read 60 books by December 31, 2021. This is an example of a SMART goal. It is specific (read 60 books); it is measurable (use the number 60); it is attainable (I read over 70 books this year); it is realistic (5 books in a month), which is easy for me, and it is time bound (by December 31, 2021).

Good luck!

Until next time…