How to set SMART goals

Smart goals

Considering that you’ve checked your ENVIRONMENT and have some clarity on what your Vision, Mission statements are you can now look into what you’d like to achieve.

Goals are dreams, aspirations, possibilities with a plan!

Smart goalsThere’s a great way to set goals and it’s by using the SMART format which allows the inclusion of all the aspects of the goal: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

SPECIFIC,  Who, what, where, when, why, which? Don’t be vague. Your goal should be as specific as possible and answer the questions:
What is your goal? Exactly what do you want?
How often or how much?
Where will it take place?

MEASURABLE, your measurement will give you specific feedback and hold you accountable. State the metrics that you’ll use to determine whether you’ve met your objectives. numeric or descriptive quality that defines quality, quantity, cost, etc.
How will you know if you have achieved it or not?
How will you measure your goal?

ATTAINABLE, Action oriented, Attractive. Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish. You need to be able to take Action. Goals should push you and it’s important that they are achievable.
Is this something you have control over?
Are your goals attainable?

REALISTIC and Relevant. Why is this applicable to your life/work. Is your goal and time-frame realistic for the goal you have established? It’s got to be do-able, real and practical.

TIMELY, this helps you be accountable and helps in motivation. Associate a time frame with each goal. Milestones and the final completed goal.
Do you have a time-frame listed in your SMART goals?

In the next post I will give you some examples of what SMART goals look like