Consider S-M-A-R-T goals. Why?
S-M-A-R-T Goals: Bringing Clarity to Each Goal
Sure many companies make goals, but are they:
•S – Specific
•M – Measurable
•A – Attainable/Actionable
•R – Relevant
•T – Timely/Time Based
According to Wikipedia, a specific goal will usually answer the five “W” questions:
• What: What do I want to accomplish?
• Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
• Who: Who is involved?
• Where: Identify a location.
• Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
You should have a way to measure progress towards realizing your goal. Then you see if you are moving towards the attainment of the goal, keeps you motivated and focused.
A measurable goal usually answers questions such as:
• How much?
• How many?
• How will I know when it is accomplished?
You want realistic goals that can be obtained. Make them goals that are important to you. A goal that is attainable will usually answer the question, How… can the goal be accomplished
Your goal has to be one that is important to reach. Relevant goals (when met) drive the team, department, and organization forward. A goal that supports or is in alignment with other goals would be considered a relevant goal.
A goal that is relevant goal, can answer yes to these questions:
• Does this seem worthwhile?
• Is this the right time?
• Does this match our other efforts/needs?
• Are you the right person?
• Is this acceptable for correction?
Commit to a deadline. Don’t allow excuses that other things get in the way. There will always be daily issues but don’t allow them to get in the way of accomplishing the steps needed to reach your goal.
A time-based goal will usually answer the question:
• What can I do six months from now?
• What can I do six weeks from now?
• What can I do today?
S-M-A-R-T goals will serve you well in your business – no matter what industry you are in.
Have you used them or not? Please write your thoughts, questions and comments below. I will respond.