Setting SMART Goals in 2019
What are SMART goals?
SMART goals are set using a specific set of criteria. This ensures that your goals are manageable and attainable. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
When setting your goals, you implement each section of the acronym SMART to build a goal that details exactly what you want to be accomplished, the time it needs to be accomplished by, and how you can measure when you’re successful. Setting goals in this manner is helpful, because it gets rid of the guessing, sets a clear finishing point and makes it that much easier to keep track of your progress and identify targets you may have missed.
Understanding the breakdown of SMART goals
Here is the important part, actually setting these SMART goals. Keep reading to understand exactly how you can set these clear and target driven goals.
In order for your goals to be achieved as planned, it needs to be detailed and be specific. Ever heard the quote: The devil is in the details.
The first letter of this acronym is designed to bring out those details which you need to work on.
What exactly do I need to write in my goals for it to be specific?
What needs to be done for this goal to be accomplished?
What steps will I take to complete my goals?
Thinking through some of these ideas will help you set specific goals that will lay out what you’re trying to achieve but also gives
The goals you will set above is a good start. Now that you have set out your step by step guide on how to achieve your goals, we need to attribute a timescale to each step so we can measure our success.
It is important to be able to measure our goals. Making your goals and setting a timeframe to it makes it quantifiable, and therefore much easier to track progress.
The goals you set should empower you and drive you forward, it should not be set if it is unattainable. This letter of the acronym is here to ensure that your goal is achievable.
This is the point in your goal setting when you give yourself a reality check. Are the goals you set so far achievable and reasonable? Is this something you can achieve by yourself or will you need help? You have to remember to consider your limitations – time or knowledge, your restraints – finances for example.
Another thing to consider while setting your SMART goals is, how relevant they are to what you are trying to achieve. You must ensure that there are actual benefits attached to reaching these goals.
During this part of your goal setting, you will have to assess why the goals are actually important to you. Once you identify these key benefits, it will help to add these into your actual goals so that you remind yourself of the bigger picture.
In this section we will discuss how setting time-bound goals help you in achieving your goals quicker.
Setting time scales and limits are important, so that you can push yourself and focus. All the goals you set yourself need a deadline.
Make it happen: how to accomplish your goals
Now you should have the basic tools needed to understand how to write SMART goals for yourself.
So here are some final tips:
- Write down your goals
You know your goals, so write it down. Print in out, make it a wallpaper, whatever you need to do to keep it in your peripheral vision. This will help remind you continuously until you have achieved what you set out in your goals.
- Schedule check-ins to see your progress
To give yourself a reality check every few days or weeks is not a bad thing. The goals you set will probably take some time to achieve and therefore needs to be inspected. You need to setup a way in which you can track your progress when actioning your goals. So, checking in on your progress will help you realign yourself with your targets. Having these reminders and opportunities will keep you motivated toward the end goal.
- Celebrate your wins
Even the small ones! It’s easy to think that you need to complete or achieve your entire goal in order to celebrate, but that’s should not be the case. Realising small wins and milestones will keep you motivated and pointing in the right direction.
Setting SMART goals really isn’t difficult. You simply need to walk through each letter of the acronym and then fill in the blanks. It may seem tedious but you will thank yourself for doing this in the long run.