5 Steps for Setting SMART Goals
We all have moments in our lives where we decide to dream big and set meaningful goals for ourselves. Goal setting is a powerful tool for increasing productivity and can help you to think about your ideal future. But whether it’s professional or personal, we all find ourselves struggling from time to time to meet our goals.
Most of the time we fail to meet our goals not because we lack effort, but because they’re not structured. A better way to clearly define and organize your goals is to set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
Specific – Ask yourself what you want and define them as clearly as possible. Think about who, what, when, where, and why.
Measurable – How will you track progress and measure the outcomes? Attach timelines and numbers to your goal.
Attainable – Work towards a goal that will challenge you but is realistic and possible.
Relevant – How do your goals fit in with your short term and long term plans?
Time-based – Goals have expiration dates. Include a time limit to establish a sense of urgency.
Keep this goal-setting structure in mind when you’re updating your goals from time to time. And last…take time off to celebrate and enjoy yourself when you accomplish your goals! Carpe Diem!