The new year is known for setting new goals in different areas. What can we do to make sure that this is the time we stick to those goals we have set for ourselves? By setting SMART goals!
SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting. To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
Achievable (agreed, attainable).
Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
SPECIFIC: Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won't be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. Think of answering the W questions: Who, What, Where, Why, Which
MEASURABLE: It's important to have measurable goals in order to track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.
ACHIEVABLE: Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. Ask yourself how realistic and stretching this goal is.
RELEVANT: This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. Make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you're still responsible for achieving your own goal. Asking yourself “Is this the right time? Am I the right person.” will help you hone in on this portion.
TIME-BOUND: Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.