Friday, 28 September 2018

S.M.A.R.T Goals




Just about a week ago, I finished attending an exercise prescription course as part of my eagerness to develop into a more well-rounded family physician.


The course was informative and I took away many useful tips regarding the finer details of giving exercise advice and which types of patients to look out for which require further medical attention before starting on an exercise programme.

One of the topics we learn during the 2-day course was setting S.M.A.R.T goals in terms of a weekly fitness routine.  So, SMART, in this case, is an acronym for the following:

1. Specific
2. Measurable
3. Agreeable  upon
4. Realistic
5. Time-Based

So I thought, 'Hmm, can't this be applied to Chess Training as well?'

At present moment I've yet to commit to a specific study plan for my Chess training. My only concrete goal is to achieve an average rapid rating of over 1900 on chess.com. (At present I"m only rated at 1860). I know that if I wish to break my ‘dream’ FIDE Elo Rating of 2000 on standard chess, I have to commit to a training regime of some sort.

Being busy with work and family, I have to be honest with myself. I can at most commit to about  30-60 mins per day doing something chess related. I have to make those minutes count!

So what are my SMART goals for Chess for the remainder of 2018?

Having pondered over it for a few days I’ve decided to come up with a simple table as below
My Chess Weekly Study Routine
Area of PracticeAction
Chess games1-2 Rapid games per day
Tactics10-30 per day
OpeningsAs encountered.
Middle game Study1-2 per week
Endgame Practice1-2 per days

If I'm able to stick to the above routine consistently, I think I’ll be faring extremely well. I’ll give myself one month to see whether the above is truly achievable. Stay tuned.

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