S = Strategic and Specific The goal should identify a specific action or event that will take place. It should answer the question: Who and What?
M = Measurable The goal needs to include the measurements which will be used in determine if the results or outcomes expected have been achieved. It answers the question: How?
A = Attainable The goal should challenge you to do your best, but they need also be achievable
R = Relevant The goal needs to pertain directly to the performance challenge being managed.
T = Time Bound The goal should include a time frame. Allow enough time for achievement; usually between 8 – 12 weeks. 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 your goals as declarations of intention, not as 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. This will provide positive reinforcement.
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 a deadline, otherwise your aim is not measurable. However, your deadlines must be realistic, or the task is not achievable.
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