Research shows that people who set goals are more successful. But not all goals are created equal; the ones that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) tend to be more effective. That’s why Fitbit created Personal Goal Setting, a step-by-step interactive guide that generates appropriate goals for where you are in your health journey.
HOW PERSONAL GOAL SETTING WORKS
When Personal Goal Setting rolls out later this month, you’ll see a prompt on your app’s dashboard. Click it when you have a few minutes to go through the process (don’t dismiss it just because you’re currently busy or in a hurry! More on that later).
The guide will then ask you three questions. The first one asks you to identify which healthy habit you want to focus on first:
There are five areas to dive into:
- Daily steps and activity
- Exercise and workouts
Once you pick a place to start, you’ll be asked to answer two more questions about your motivation and history with health and fitness. This information—as well as your last seven days of Fitbit data—is then used to generate a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goal.
For instance, if you’re motivated to get more fit and your data shows you walk an average of 9,200 steps per day, Fitbit may recommend setting a higher goal of 10,000 steps per day.
If you don’t have any data Fitbit will still make suggestions for you based on expert recommendations and our knowledge of the average Fitbit user. For example, Personal Goal Setting may suggest you start with a step goal of 8,000 steps per day since more than half of Fitbit users achieve this level of activity.
And that’s it! The rest is up to you, although your app will chime in periodically with updates on your progress. During this time, you can adjust your goals up or down depending on how you’re doing. Also in typical Fitbit fashion, as you successfully reach your goals, you’ll receive celebrations on your device and achievement badges in the Fitbit app.
BACK TO THAT PERSONAL GOAL SETTING PROMPT
Personal Goal Setting was first made available to new users, only, in the Fall of 2016. But it will be rolled out to all existing users in January to help you jumpstart your New Year goal setting experiences. So keep your eyes peeled for the prompt.
Once you go through the Personal Goal Setting process or dismiss the prompt on your dashboard, you won’t be able to use the feature again until the dashboard notification re-appears. (Fitbit will make it reappear at various times throughout the year.)
However, you can always set and change goals at any time through the “Account” tab in your Fitbit app. So what are you waiting for? Set ‘em and slay ‘em!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.