Today’s topic will be on S.M.A.R.T Goals. If you have never heard of this term today is the day to indulge in a tactic that will help you successfully accomplish your goals.
First and foremost, what does the acronym S.M.A.R.T stand for? S stands for the word Speciﬁc, M- Measurable, A- Action Packed, R- Realistic, and T- Time-Bound. Each letter is a step towards where you desire to be. Since speciﬁc is where you begin you need to ask yourself, “What do I want to do?” An example of speciﬁc would be: “I want to earn an Associate Degree in Psychology” compared to “I want to get an education”. You have to be precise as to what you want your end goal to be. Next, for the letter M- Measurable, you would want to think about how will you measure your goal progress? What actions would you like to see that can add up towards your ultimate goal? For instance, something that sounds measurable would be: “I will enroll and complete 3 courses each semester” instead of “I will take some classes”. That is too simple. You would want to use numbers to quantify your objective to make your advancement.
Now let’s move to the letter A- Action Packed. For this letter, you want to see how will you make this happen? Taking the 3 classes a semester. Would it be something like “I will attend class” or “I will schedule my time so I can attend 12 hours of class each week and allow myself 10 more hours to study”?. Yes, you got it!! It is the second statement.
Again you need to be very speciﬁc about how you are going to reach your target. From A- Action Packed we trickle down to the letter R-Realistic. In being Realistic you want to be honest with yourself and make sure you create goals that are attainable. Since we are using the example of getting a psychology degree, let’s make a time frame on how much coursework you will get done in each semester to reach this goal. Again you would need to break down this goal.
Something like “I will complete 8 courses each semester” sounds better than “I will reach this goal in a year or so”.
Now let’s conclude with our last letter T for Time-Bound. With all the preparation in planning for your goals, you need time frames. As you see there were time frames set for how many courses you will take a semester, how much time you will need for your classes a week, and how much time you need to study. Setting a time frame is extremely important for your results to be evident.
This is your life and you have the power to make it how you desire it, but ﬁ rst set some goals to get there so it will be a smooth transition when you make it.
Last note, take your time and be patient with yourself, success doesn’t always occur overnight.