Goals are excellent for us to have. Goals can guide us toward our future, toward changes we want to make, and toward accomplishments we wish to achieve. Creating a SMART goal has five essential parts.
what is a smart goal?
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Reasonable or Realistic
T = Time-limited or Time-specific
For example, someone might have a goal to get a new job. Without a reasonable plan, it might seem daunting and frustrating on a daily basis to think and dream about that new job, but not know where to start or have any progress toward it.
A “smart” goal sounds like this: “I will submit 1 job application each week, and accept all interviews offered even if only for the experience.” Notice that the goal isn’t focused on the outcome of getting the job, but on the steps that are under your control. The goal is specific in terms of the action, measurable (1 application per week), achievable based upon the time and energy available to do a job search, reasonable, and has a timeframe.
When you set goals for yourself, try using the acronym above to guide you toward setting goals that are SMART. Good luck!