Setting goals is easy right?
Setting goals is something that seems easy enough, right? Most of us decide we want to do something and go try to do it. But, that's not how most professionals do it in the business world.
The term "SMART goals" was first coined by management whiz Peter Drucker in 1954 and has since skyrocketed in popularity. This goal setting method is recognized and used by companies worldwide. This is because if executed correctly SMART goals force the individual(s) setting the goals to really break down their goals and what they will need to do to achieve them.
Breaking the goal down with the SMART method also makes it easier to communicate your goals to other individuals. It gives everyone on the team the chance to fully understand what the goal is, what kind of work needs to go into achieving it and why it's important.
The next time you are setting a goal for yourself, personal or professional consider using the SMART method. Not only will it be good practice for when you are setting team goals at a work one day; it will help you impress an interviewer the next time you are asked "What are your goals - where do you see yourself in ten years?".
Writing a SMART goal requires you to apply the meaning behind each letter in the acronym to your goal writing process. When coming up with a goal you want to make sure it meets the following criteria:
- Specific: Be very clear in what you want to accomplish i.e. "I will get an internship with a farm manager this summer", not "I will get an internship this summer".
- Measurable: How will you know when your goal has been achieved?
- Attainable: Be realistic about what you want to accomplish. If your goal is to run a half marathon in March and you currently don't workout currently that is not a realistic goal- train for a 5K instead.
- Relevant: Why is this goal important? Is getting in better shape good for your help? Will that internship look good on your resume?
- Time based: What is your time frame? When will this be accomplished by?