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S.M.A.R.T Goals

The concept of S.M.A.R.T goals is a framework for setting clear, attainable objectives. S.M.A.R.T is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound, each of which represents a key criterion for effective goal-setting:

  1. Specific: Goals should be well-defined and clear to anyone who has a basic knowledge of the project. This involves answering the "W" questions:

    • Who: Who is involved in achieving this goal?
    • What: What do I want to accomplish?
    • Where: Where will this goal be achieved?
    • When: When do I want to achieve this goal?
    • Which: Which resources or limits are involved?

  2. Measurable: Goals should have concrete criteria for measuring progress and completion. This helps to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal. Ask:

    • How much?
    • How many?
    • How will I know when it is accomplished?

  3. Achievable: Goals should be realistic and attainable to be successful. This means that they should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, and skills to reach them.

  4. Relevant: The goals should matter to you and align with other relevant goals. A relevant goal can answer "yes" to these questions:

    • Does this seem worthwhile?
    • Is this the right time?
    • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
    • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
    • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

  5. 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 S.M.A.R.T goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals. Ask:

    • When?
    • What can I do six months from now?
    • What can I do six weeks from now?
    • What can I do today?

Implementing S.M.A.R.T goals gives structure and trackability to your objectives, making it more likely to achieve them efficiently and effectively.