Do you ever feel like you’re working hard, but not getting anywhere? Well, why not try setting S.M.A.R.T goals.
Whether in the workplace, in business or in your personal life, having a goal gives you something to work towards. It pushes you forward and provides a constant reminder of what you want to achieve by giving you something to focus on.
SMART is a popular technique used for guidance when setting goals. Planning and setting goals is a great way to explore the different paths for achieving your goals and choosing the best strategy.
Your goals should be clear and specific. You should be able to focus your efforts and feel motivated to achieve.
When considering what goals to set, ask yourself the following questions:
What do I want to achieve?
What is the importance of this goal?
It is important to have measurable goals, so you can track your progress and stay inspired. Assessing your progress helps you to stay focused.
If your goal is not measurable, how will you know when you have achieved it?
Fantasising is a wonderful characteristic about being a human. However, your goal needs to be possible to be successful. You should set goals that you are able to accomplish, keeping in mind the resources, knowledge and time available. Goals should stretch your abilities but still remain possible.
Your goals need to be in line with reality. If you have established a goal to win a singing contest by Tuesday, you may want to reconsider the path your goal is taking you on.
Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and work towards. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
Setting SMART goals is a smarter way of tracking your progress. It guides you to focus on your core goals and objectives whilst helping release your creative energy.
If you have a goal you really want to achieve, think SMART.
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