Goal Setting

I haven’t known about S.M.A.R.T goals for very long but they have transformed the way i think and how i now plan out my goals and projects.


  • Specific – target a specific goal
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the results will be achieved

Lets break it down even further. When you are setting a goal or  task it is important  to be specific as you can be.  Try going through below options


When start to clarify your goal – Break it down into the Five “W”

  • What: What is the goal?
  • Why: Why do i want this goal.
  • Who: Who else do i need to be able to complete this goal?
  • Where: Where does the goal take place.
  • Which: Which things do i need to be able to reach my goal


A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • Indicators should be quantifiable


An achievable goal will usually answer the question How?

  • How can the goal be accomplished?
  • How realistic is the goal based on other constraints?


A relevant goal can answer yes to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Are you the right person?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

Time – Bound

A time-bound goal will usually answer the question

  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?


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