Is your goal SMART? Using the SMART model defines the how, where, what, and why of your goal. SMART = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Oriented, Time-Bound.
Specific – Can you clearly define exactly what you want and the steps you will take to achieve the goal?
Learn a foreign language.
Save towards vacation.
Measurable – How will you know when you achieve your goal?
Step on the scale and see a loss.
Take a test that measures fluency.
See $1,000 in my savings account.
Achievable – Is your goal realistic?
I can lose weight if I eat more vegetables and less potato chips, drink more water and less soda, and walk 30 minutes per day.
I can learn Spanish if I take a class at my local community center and study for one hour per week.
I can save $100 per month if I pack my lunch and stop going out for coffee.
Results-Oriented – What will you have if you achieve this goal?
I will lose 20 lbs in 2018.
I will learn Spanish in 2018.
I will save $1,000 in 2018.
Time-Bound – What is the due date for your goal?
I will lose 20 lbs at the rate of one pound per week by September 15, 2018.
I will take the Spanish class, practice one hour per week, and take the fluency exam by November 1, 2018.
I will save $100 per month by packing my lunch and making my own coffee, and will have $1,000 saved for a vacation by December 1, 2018.
SMART is a framework for setting and achieving your goals. By getting specific, you are very clear on what you want to achieve. Making the goal measurable gives you a way to mark progress towards the end goal. Making sure that your goal is achievable boosts your confidence. Results-oriented helps to fine tune your goal. And for time-bound, scheduling a date with yourself helps to make your goal a priority. Use the goal planning worksheet below to make your goal SMART.
SMART Goal Planning
Specific. What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished?
Measurable. How will you track progress towards your goal?
Achievable. Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? Will meeting the goal challenge you without defeating you?
Results-focused. What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal?
Time-bound. What is the completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency?