What is the SMART method for goal setting?
It`s not enough to dream, know what you want or having a goal for your life. If you set ”SMART” goals, you will make your work easier and your plans easy to follow .The acronym SMART means that the goals you have, must meet five criteria: specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, time-bound. Let`s analyze them one by one.
The goals must be formulated precisely and you′ll know when they’ve been achieved.
Negative: I want to write a story.
Positive: I want to write a story about a rabbit for Kids Magazine.
Make them MEASURABLE
These criteria help you keep on track your progress easier. They must answer the following questions: how many? how much?
Negative: I want to save some money this month.
Positive: I want to save 50$ this month.
Set ACHIEVABLE goals
When you set up an achievable goal, you have to be realistic. Ask yourself if the goal you wrote on your planner is easy to achieve in the time you settled for it and if you can set up a reasonable strategy that will help meet your goal.
Negative: I want to be more productive at work.
Positive: I will use Social Media only 2 hours a day.
Make them RELEVANT
A relevant goal should fit your passions and interests. It must have a meaning for your 5 year plan and be important for your life. Is your goal useful for your plans? It`s the right time to work on that goal? Is that goal meaningful for your life?
Negative: Run a marathon.
Positive: Run 1 hour every day, for 6 months.
Set them TIME-BOUND
Negative: Lose some weight.
Positive: Lose 10 pounds by October 21st.
Be SMART in organizing your daily routine; use a daily planner to write about your progress, your failures, your successes. But most important, be SMART and act on your life.