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Smart Goals Template

Smart Goals Template

I always like to share my Smart Goals Template with my friends and family.  It surprises me how few people actually think about where they want to go in life.  It is like running a race with no map and no clue where the finish line is.  I hope my Smart Goals Template can help you think through some of your goal settings so you have a clearer vision of where you want to go and how to get there.  You literally can do anything you want in life, why not start pushing yourself harder?  Smart Goals are also known as S.M.A.R.T. goals which is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-Related.

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

A lot of people set lofty goals that have no real definition or accountability around them.  My smart goals template will help you think through your goals and build a clear action plan around achieving them.

Should I use a Goal Setting Template?

A lot of people make new years resolution or goal but by January 15th, they forget about that goal.  Having a goal setting template will keep you on track and organized throughout the entire year.  Share your goal setting template with your friends and family and have them fill out their goals as well.


Printable Goal Sheets

I recommend making a copy of your printable goal sheets and keeping them at your desk or office.  You may also want to keep a copy of your printable goal sheets on your coffee table.  The more you see your goal setting template, the more you will be pushed to achieve your goals.


Types of Goals

Everyone has different goal setting criteria.   If you are in college, you will have a different type of goals than someone who is career focused or has a family.  Think carefully about the type of goals you want to set and feel free to add more that are not on my list.

Academic Goals

Academic goals can be set for anyone who is in elementary school, high school, college or continuing education.   Examples of academic goals may include getting specific grades, completing a class or changing your study behavior.  If you’ve already finished school, that does not mean you are done learning.  You can set academic goals to learn new things.  There are so many cool courses you can take from the comfort of your home online this year on Udemy.

Personal Goals

Your personal goals are great for stopping bad habits or creating new great habits.  Personal goal examples may include dressing better, reading more, pushing yourself harder or reflecting on yourself and your actions more often.  In my opinion, your personal goals are one of the most important goals you can set and often overlooked.  In this section, you may always want to include personal development goals.

Body Goals

Body goals can include physical goals or any goals that make your body healthier.  You get 1 life, you should make body goals to stay in shape and live a long time.  Body goals or physical goals may include your weight, how many times per week you go to the gym, the type of food you eat or any athletic goals.  What other health-related goals can you set?

Spiritual Goals

Some people may set spiritual goals around religion.  Others may consider spiritual goals such as yoga or meditation.

Financial Goals

People seem to be uncomfortable discussing financial goals and I don’t really know why.  I think it is easier to play ostrich and pretend like they don’t exist.  Financial goals may include your budget, your investments, your savings, or making more money at your job.  You should discuss your financial goals with as many people as possible and get their feedback.

Business Goals

If you are running a business, you should have clear goals for where you are going and how you will get there.  Your entire company should be aware of your business goals and everyone should be headed in the same direction.  Business goals may include financial goals, team goals, or sales goals.

Career Goals

What are your career goals? Do you love your job? If not, why do you work there?  If you do, what will it take to progress through the ranks and get a promotion?  Many people do not have career goals and they just sit there and complain about their job.  I love what I do for my career, it is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done and I hope you find a job that makes you feel that way.  If you don’t, time to make some serious career goals.

Family Goals

Family goals are not just for your kids.  Your family goals can be the type of relationship you want to have with your siblings, parents, and other relatives.  Family goal examples may include how often you want to see or talk to a loved one.  Do you have a poor relationship with an estranged family member?  Life is short, maybe it is time to rekindle that relationship this year.

Future Goals

You should also think about your future goals, not just your goals for 1 year.  What are your future goals?  Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?  What will make you sit on your deathbed and say you lived the best life possible?

Travel Goals

There are so many cool places in the world to add to your travel goals.  Travel goals examples may be traveling around the world to an exotic location or just to do more weekend getaway road trips.

Donation Goals

What type of donation goals do you set to give back to your community and those less fortunate?  Donation goals do not necessarily have to be writing a huge donation check.  Your donation goals can be to donate an hour of your time per month or per quarter at a local non-profit.

Fun Goals

Yes, this doesn’t all have to be boring and you should set fun goals!  What is something fun that you want to do or learn this year?


Bucket List Template

I created a bucket list template because I always thought of cool things I wanted to do in my life but then I would forget what they were.  Using a bucket list template will allow you to track the places you want to go and the things you want to accomplish in life.  Print your bucket list and put it on your wall!


Goal Accountability

I look at my goals every single day throughout the year and my 2018 goals will be no different.  Check your goals as often as possible so you stay on track and share your goals with as many people as you can so they can help you improve and achieve your goals.  Print out a copy of your goals and keep them on your coffee table.  Print out a large foamboard poster version and hang them on your wall.  I always find it funny how the things you focus on seem to always improve.   Let me know if I can help you in any way.  🙂

Smart Goals Template (Download and Editable)

Below is a blank copy of my Smart Goal Template in  Google Documents.  Just copy the file and edit as you please.  Feel free to change any part of it and add or delete pages until you have the perfect goal setting template!

Blank Smart Goals Template (Google Docs)


My Personal Goals for 2018

Below is a public version of my 2018 goals so you can see what a filled out goal setting template looks like.  I have deleted some of my goals but hopefully, you get the idea.  If you know me, feel free to reach out and I can send you my full detailed version of my 2018 goals.

Brandon Stapper Smart Goals Template: 2018 Goals (Public Version)