Goal: To re-evaluate your personal goals, strategies, and progress during the past year and make any adjustments toward desired outcomes.

I stopped making “New Year’s Resolutions” long ago, but I still take a look back between Christmas and New Year’s and take time to write down things I’d like to see happen in the coming year. Goals, objectives, strategies, tactics. What’s the difference? Goals are statements you make about your future. They represent your aspirations. Objectives are the exact steps you must take to reach your goals. They are typically measurable and quantifiable. They also are realistic and attainable and have an associated timeline. After you have defined your goals and objectives, you can get even more specific in your diabetes management by developing strategies and tactics. Strategies are more abstract than tactics, and tactics are the exact things you can do to achieve the objectives that will help you reach your goals.

  • Goals are statements you make about your future. They represent your aspirations. Examples might be:
    • Lower my A1C
    • Lose weight
    • Eat better
    • Exercise more
  • Objectives are the exact steps you must take to reach your goals. They are typically measurable and quantifiable. They also are realistic and attainable and have an associated timeline.
    • To achieve an A1C of 6.5% or less by my six-month check-up.
    • To lose 15 lbs. by my birthday.
    • To have 5 servings of non-starchy green vegetables at least 6 days a week.
    • To exercise a minimum of 150 minutes a week.
  • After you have defined your goals and objectives, you can get even more specific in your diabetes management by developing strategies and tactics. Strategies are more abstract than tactics, and tactics are the exact things you can do to achieve the objectives that will help you reach your goals.
    • Strategies might include: To walk for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and do high intensity interval training on Sunday and Thursday.
    • Tactics might be: Make sure FitBit is charged every night. Lay out socks and walking shoes.

For a more detailed description and sample form, see this PDF: Setting Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics

On the other hand, if you are not a detail-oriented person, to keep it simpler, just ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?” and “What can I do to accomplish it?” And there you have your wish list! To turn a wish list into a plan, though, add one more thing: a deadline or a time frame.

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