Measurable Goals are SMART Goals

From our two previous Bucketlist University posts, you’ll have learned the best ways to create a strong foundation from which to base your goals! Core values are a great place to start looking at where you are in your life, and what you hope to achieve. When we last spoke, I wrote about the concept of setting SMART goals, and being specific in your goal setting.¬†Once you’ve chosen specific goals, the next step to making your goals SMART is to make them measurable!


Measurable Goals

Today is brought to you by the letter is ‘M’! In this case M stands for measurable. Everyday thousands of bucket list items are added to peoples lists from all the areas of the corner! And can I share something with you? When you succeed a little part of me feel like I’m part of that success!

Adding the M to your goals and making your goals measurable is a great way to keep you on track to checking off your bucket list!

How to Set Targets

Make the items on your bucket list are measurable goals by setting completion dates and targets to hit along the way! I know this seems like a lot of work, but trust me, setting targets along the way will make the over all process more visual.

Start by setting a completion date! This is hard, because some of the items on your bucket list are big, hairy, audacious, goals, that we just don’t really know when we’ll check off! But for your SMART goals having a completion date is like lighting the light at the end of the tunnel. You begin to visualize completing it and it makes the goals much more tangible!

Secondly, pick out some key milestones to hit along the way! For example, I plan on running the Vancouver Sun Run (a 10km race) at the end of April. So my half way goal is to be able to run 8 km in under an hour, which for me is realistic because if I’m completely honest with you, running isn’t my favourite thing!


Don’t forget, the journey is just as important as the destination! If you set mini celebrations along the way for hitting your targets, I’ll bet you’ll be checking off goals left and right by the end of the year!

Let us know what you want to learn about in the comments! Set some targets for your goals today!

Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing or Check out Sara's bucket list here