New Year’s brings new opportunities, new futures, and of course new lists of goals. These lists are things we hope to accomplish throughout the year or ways to improve ourselves. Many people will say that they want to get organized, lose weight, exercise, or relax more. Most people who set goals, do so with the best of intentions. However, without proper planning and outlining of your goals, many of these will be forgotten within a couple of weeks until the next year rolls around. So how can you set preparedness goals and make sure they don’t end up forgotten like the hand weights in the corner from last year’s goal? One of the most popular ways to set up your plan is to use the SMART mnemonic for goal setting.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time Bound The first thing to do is figure out exactly what you want to accomplish. So instead of listing your goal as “get prepared” you’ll want to list your goal as “I will complete my year supply of food storage for 1 person by December 31st.” Once you have narrowed it down to exactly what you want as your outcome, you’ll need to break it down into smaller chunks. There are many ways to build your food storage. You can purchase it all at once by buying a 1 year supply, purchasing a monthly plan (https://valleyfoodstorage.com/monthly-plans/), or you can build your own long term food storage by customizing your own plan. If you have chosen to buy your year supply all at once, you may need to budget to purchase your kit. We know that there are 52 weeks in a year, take the amount of your year supply, divided by 52 weeks to find out how much money you need to put into savings each week. It will look like this: (Year Supply Total)/(52 weeks) = (Weekly Savings) Once you have figured out the total per week, break down your goal into “I will put ‘X amount of money’ into my savings account each week to purchase my year supply by December 31st.” This works similarly if you choose to customize your own plan or kit. You’ll just be breaking it down by months or even weeks’ worth of emergency food.Just remember the smaller and more specific the baby steps, the easier it will be to accomplish your overall goal. We want to know, what preparedness goals have you set this year?