What Is A Smart Goal?
Goal setting is a powerful way of motivating people. Goals provide a clear idea of what we are trying to achieve. Goals allow us to measure our progress. We are able to plan what we need to do to achieve these goals through people, time, resources etc.
S = Strategic and Specific
The goal should identify a specific action or event that will take place. Answers the question: Who and What?
M = Measurable
Include in the specific goal statement the measurements to be used to determine that the results or outcomes expected have been achieved. It answers the question: How?
A = Attainable
Goals should challenge people to do their best, but they need also be achievable
R = Relevant /Rigorous
Goals need to pertain directly to the performance challenge being managed.
T = Time Bound
Enough time to achieve the goal And Not too much time, which can affect project performance. It answers the question: When?
Tips That Can Help You Set Smart Goals
Tip 1. Attach a date to goal. State what you intend to accomplish and by when. You may want a few goals for the year, and some for one or two-month intervals. A good list should include some short-term and some long-term goals.
Tip 2. State goals as declarations of intention, not items on a wish list. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Tip 3. Share your goals with someone who cares if you reach them. Sharing your intentions with your best friends, your parents, or your teacher will help positive success.
Tip 4. Be specific. Sometimes a more general goal can become the long-term aim, and you can identify some more specific goals to take you there.
Tip 5. Develop several goals. A list of five to seven items gives you several things to work on over a period of time.
Tip 6. Review and revise your list. Experiment with different ways of stating your goals. Goal setting improves with practice, so play around with it.
Tip 7. Write down your goals and put them where you will notice them. The more often you read your goals, the more results you get.
Tip 8. Timely means setting deadlines. You must include one, otherwise your aim isn’t measurable. But your deadlines must be realistic, or the task isn’t achievable. T must be M, & R, & S without these your aim can’t be top-priority.