One of the most essential parts of your NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) plan is setting goals. Setting goals is a very important thing to do to make sure that you are getting what you want out of your care. It’s an excellent way to become more independent and motivated, and helps create purpose in your day-to-day life.
Your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, also known as S.M.A.R.T goals. Your goals should also be looked at regularly, and especially when you are having your funding reviewed!
In this article, we'll give you some tips on how to set S.M.A.R.T goals for your NDIS plan.
First, think about what you want to achieve. Do you want to be able to live independently? Do you want to find a job? Do you want to be able to participate in your community? Dig deep and discover what you desire your life to look like!
Once you've decided what you want to achieve, you can start working with your support team on a way to make it happen. Ask them, what supports can you provide to help me achieve my goals? What resources are available to help me achieve my goal?
Once you have understood what you need to do to achieve your goal, it's time to start setting some S.M.A.R.T goals!
Specific: Your goal should be clear and concise. For example, "I want to find a job" is not as specific as "I want to find a job in a cafe."
Measurable: You should be able to track your progress towards your goal. For example, "I want to join a sports club" is not as measurable as "I want to try 5 different sports."
Achievable: Your goal should be something you can reasonably achieve given your circumstances. For example, "I want to learn to play guitar" is more achievable than "I want to become the biggest rock star in the world!”.
Relevant: Your goal should be something that is relevant to your overall objectives. For example, "I want to make new friends" is more relevant than "I want to buy a new mansion".
Time-bound: Your goal should have a timeline attached to it. For example, "I want to find a job" is not as time-bound as "I want to find a job within the next six months."
Once you've set your SMART goals, it's time to start working towards them! Working with your family and your support network, you can break down your goals into smaller steps that you can complete daily or weekly. For example, if your goal is "I want to try 5 different sports," then break it down into smaller steps like "I will try 1 new sport a month until I find one that I like." Your support coordinators and support workers will be able to help you achieve these.
Setting smaller steps will help you stay on track and make progress toward your goal.
Finally, don't forget to review and update your goals regularly. As you begin achieving your goals, you may want to set new goals to help you thrive even further. Reviewing and updating them regularly will ensure that they remain relevant and achievable.
Setting S.M.A.R.T goals is an integral part of developing an effective NDIS plan. By setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, you increase the chances of achieving the outcomes that are important to you.