Smart Goals, is not smart enough...
Everybody has heard about the SMART acronym for goals, and it's been repeated so much that it's almost perceived as a promise of yielding success no matter how challenging goals are, no matter your life circumstances. SMART basically states that Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-targeted.
The fact is that everyone is so busy, it's challenging to make time for new or revisited goals, even when they are well-defined. While we all want to be healthy, work in a rewarding position and have a rich personal and family life, all these facets of our lives are competing for time and attention.
One approach that can yield real benefits is to review and write down the aspects of your life you want to balance, and then to map your goals to one or more of these facets. This really brings home clarity of purpopse. This should also correctly reflect your personal values.
Getting things done
Planning. Knowing clearly the various aspects of your life you need to balance will bring a crisper vision of where you want to be, but how will you get there is the next key thing. Just like a pilot needs to clearly define his destination, know what competing aspects of gravity and wind and weight he will have to overcome to get there, he never takes-off without a plan, a clear breakdown of the main actions he will take with his crew.
Habits. Similarly, we need to think about planning for success, and for that, positive Habits have been proven key to changing ourselves and reaching goals. By positive I mean two things: First, habits should be creating with a constructive frame of mind, where each habit, done a few times a week, will yield real progress towards your goals. Secondly, Habits should be growth oriented and constructed as to be stimulating and pleasant. Sure there may be negative, unpleasant or tough aspects to these habits, but the focus, the intent, even how you name the habit should be positive so that you can, gradually, feel better and better, more in control and satisfied by your progress.