April 21, 2022

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym used to help guide goal setting and overall achievement. This guide was created by Peter Drucker in his Management by Objectives concept in order to provide the clarity, focus, and motivation you need for achieving your goal.

The breakdown for S.M.A.R.T. GOALS is divided into: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound

  • S pecific (simple, sensible, significant)
  • Your individual goal should be distinctive and specific, when deciding what your initial goal is, it is also helpful to consider answering the 5 W's
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved? 
  • EXAMPLE : I want to learn the steps for how to save money so that I can have enough to buy a car in order to get to work faster.  
  • M easurable (meaningful, motivating)
  • In order to track your progression or degression of your goal, it is important to create a variable for      measurement. Being able to assess your personal progress allows for you to be able to meet deadlines and achieve your goals, it is helpful to address specific questions in order to ensure that your goal is measurable
  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished? 
  • EXAMPLE : For measuring your goal of wanting to attain enough money to buy a car, you might want to consider     how much the car costs and how much you will need monthly in order to make payments.  
  • A chievable (agreed, attainable)
  • One of the most important factors when creating a goal is ensuring that it is an attainable goal, it is vital to ensure that your goal is a stretch of your abilities but also possible according to your circumstances, when deciding if your goal is achievable, it is useful to question the following
  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors? 
  • EXAMPLE : In the example with saving money for a car, you might want to consider if your current job pays you enough to be able to afford a car with your extra expenses, or are you able to work more in order to make more money.  
  • R elevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based)
  • The point of this step is to ensure  that the goal is worth your time and is vital to you for your own personal success, some questions to consider when addressing this step is      
  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?
  • T ime bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive)
  • The final step in creating you S.M.A.R.T. goal is to set a "due date" this allows you to create a schedule in order to ensure your goals gets completed and within  a timely manner, when figuring out how much time your goal should take, it is helpful to answer the following
  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today? 
  • EXAMPLE : In the car example, you may question how much time will it take me to gather enough money for a     car working the amount of hours that I currently work

SMART Goals are beneficial for both long term and short term use, all foreseeable goals can fit into the SMART model with few modifications to the time bound and measurable category. Regardless of the timeframe it takes to get a goal done, the SMART format works as a helpful tool to help you attain your goals. Some examples of long term and short term goals that this model can be used for are


  • Become a better spouse or parent.
  • Complete your first marathon.
  • Create and commit to a fitness routine.
  • Learn a  foreign language.
  • Cut junk food  out of your diet.
  • Start volunteering regularly.
  • Increase your emotional intelligence.
  • Earn a college degree.


  • Build a Morning Routine.
  • Keep a Daily Journal.
  • Double your productivity level.
  • Practice Daily Family Ritual.
  • Explore Something New Every Day.
  • Develop One Good Habit Every Month.


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