SMART goals is a method/tool used to formulate goals that are Specific (clearly defined), Measurable (can be measured and followed up), Accepted (of all actors involved), Realistic and Relevant and Time-limited (a deadline is provided).
Follow these steps,
- Write down what is specific. Use active words that convey a direction, such as increase, reduce and develop. Avoid more general words such as protect, utilise and accommodate.
- Formulate what is or could be measurable. A good rule of thumb is that measurable tasks often get done. Spend time on agreeing on relevant measures stated in units, money, time or per cent.
- Are the goals accepted? How do you know? Goals should be defined by those who they are for, and they have to be accepted.
- Are they realistic? Can they be achieved? The rule is that they have to be attainable given the context. Goals can be set at different levels; goals are sometimes separated into safety goals, realistic goals and barrier-breaking goals.
Have you set a date by which the goal has to be achieved? It is easy to just throw out a deadline, but in this case it is important that everybody involved gets a chance to influence the time plan.