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The key to success in any endeavor is setting specific and measurable goals. They can help us visualize what we need to do to achieve larger objectives. Using the SMART system — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based — is a proven way to set great goals that lead to success. A SMART goal clarifies exactly what is expected and the measures used to determine if the goal is achieved and successfully completed.
How to use the SMART goals template
Step 1. Spend time ensuring goals are SMART
Making sure the goals you are setting have all of the SMART components (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based). This system may seem more time-consuming than setting regular goals, but the benefit far outweighs the added effort spent on the SMART process.
Step 2. Use examples to understand proper goal-setting
When you look at examples of a SMART goal, you will better understand the necessary properties that must be part of the goal. For example, your SMART goal should have a time limit so your efforts don’t drag on endlessly with unclear metrics that lead to scope creep.
Step 3. Use the table to define goals
For each SMART goal you want to set, use the table in the template to clearly align the roadmap to success. With SMART goals, you know exactly what you want to achieve and the time frame in which you expect to successfully achieve them.
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