3 ways smart tech can help you set goals
Let smart tech give you a helping hand with those New Year's resolutions!
23 Dec 2020
We all need a little help getting motivated every now and then. Maybe you’ve set a New Year’s resolution and want to make sure you reach it? Or you have a couple of goals that have been sitting on the shelf for a while? No problem.
Smart tech makes it easier than ever to get those targets within reach. But before we launch into that, let’s take a look at the goals you’re setting in the first place. If come December-time your New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, maybe it’s because they’re too big or even too vague.
Make a SMART goal!
There’s a really handy way to make sure you’re giving yourself achievable goals. Just ask yourself, is my goal SMART?
Specific – think about whether your goal is simple enough to whittle down to one area. Being healthy for example might factor in a load of different things, like the food you eat, your exercise or cutting down on unhealthy habits. Instead, try setting the goal of increasing the amount of exercise you do.
Measurable – before you start, make sure there’s a way of checking how you’re doing. This’ll make it easier to celebrate wins and keep you motivated.
Achievable – make it as ambitious as you want, as long as you think it’s possible. Too huge and you might feel a bit intimidated and give up. Be kind to yourself.
Relevant – if it’s something you care about it’ll be easier to keep going. Stick to things that fit in with you and your life.
Time bound – give yourself a clear date when you want to have achieved your goal. Like with a New Year’s resolution, say you have until December 31st the next year to get it done.
And, if it helps, you can always break a big goal down into little ones!
How can smart tech help?
Helping you get fit.
Smart wearable tech is a great way to set, track and reach your fitness goals. The latest fitness trackers and smartwatches, like the Fitbit Sense Smartwatch, help you keep an eye on a whole load of different metrics: calories burned, step count, heart rate, distance and more.
So, if you want to shed a couple of pounds of just get healthier it’s incredibly easy. Set a goal with your smartwatch and you’ll get reminders and nudges throughout your day to get active. If you wanted, you could even challenge friends and family for some healthy competition.
And it’s perfect if the gym isn’t your thing, since wearables cater to lots of different sports – like yoga, cycling, even swimming. Whatever you’re into, it’s easy to see your progress, celebrate wins and live more healthily!
Helping you get happy.
Smart tech’s a brilliant way to take care of your mind as well as your body. Alexa, for example, can help with all kinds of wellness bits and bobs. Want to get a better night’s sleep? Download the Sleep Sounds Alexa skill on an Amazon Echo Dot and you can get soothing ambient sounds like rain fall or ocean sounds to help you drift off.
Or maybe you want to give meditation a go? Get the Headspace Alexa skill, say ‘Alexa, tell Headspace I’m ready to meditate’ and it’ll take you through a guided meditation. And those are just a couple of skills- there are loads more to try.
Helping you get productive.
Research has shown that if you say a goal out loud, you’re more likely to reach it. That’s where smart assistants like Google Assistant can be really motivating.
Download a list making app like ToDoist and you can ask your Google Home device to set tasks, reminders and deadlines for projects. You’ll feel on top of your day and get the nudge you need.