Thursday, April 2, 2009

Be SMART when setting goals

SMART goals:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

Specific- Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do. Specific is the What, Why, and How.

WHAT are you going to do?

WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?

HOW are you going to do it? (By...)

Measurable - If you can't measure a goal, how will you know if you've reached it? There are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

Attainable - Identify goals that are most important to you and begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. Goals you set which are too big, you quit before you get there. A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you have rewards along the way.

Realistic - This means "do-able." Devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. Start where you are at the moment.

Timely - Set a time frame for the goal: for next week, in three months, by year’s end. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

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