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
- What can I do six months from now?
- What can I do six weeks from now?
- What can I do today?