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Goal Setting - SMART Target Steps

Setting Goals: SMART Targets

SMART Goals with Questions

SMART targets like you've never seen before.

Goals are essential to your success because “Success” means, “the achievement of a goal”.
The first step to achieving a goal is to set it.

Set Specific Goals

A vague goal is useless, since it lacks clarity.
Your Goals need to be specific, not vague.
To help you make your goals more specific, we have created this SMART App.
It is based upon the SMART target formula: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and with a Time deadline.

SMART Goals with Questions

What is your SMART goal?

1. What is the goal or delegated task?
Write the goal as a broad statement, in one simple sentence.

2. If you can, specify the goal numerically
Quantify the goal using numbers. If possible, make the goal a quantitative goal. Put numbers on it: how many, what dates, how much, how frequently, what percentage, what rate?

3. Specify the task more clearly
Give a more definitive word description of the task - make sure you define any vague or unclear terms. Assume that anything that could be misunderstood, will be misunderstood, unless you define your terms exactly. (For example: 'appropriately dressed' is a term that would need to be defined.)

4. Measurement of feedback
Name the method by which you will measure the progress. What will you take as the measure of your progress? How will you determine how well the goal is progressing?
How will you communicate with other members of your team; and how often will you communicate with each other?

5. Are any additional abilities required?
Do you (or the delegate) have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that will allow for the proper completion of the goal? What additional skills, knowledge and information is needed and how will this be gained?

6. Are any additional resources required?
Do you (or the delegate) have access to the necessary material resources, such as money, other people and technology, that will allow for the proper completion of the task? If no, what additional resources need to be put into place, and how will these resources be gained?

7. Time deadline
What is the deadline by which the task should be concluded?

8. Is the deadline reasonable or over optimistic?
Is that deadline 'reasonable' given all the facts and the existing workload?

Finished?

Now you've finished the steps, you can either print this page or email it to yourself and/or a delegate:


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SMART Delegation - Smart like you’ve never seen it before

Sometimes, you need to delegates tasks. Delegation is the act of entrusting a task to another.
When you delegate, you are setting a goal for others to achieve. So, you owe it to the others to explain the task in the form of a well-worded, SMART target.
Then they will be more likely to complete it properly!
Use this SMART App to help you describe the delegated task, to ensure that you have explained it properly, with no chance of misunderstanding or error.

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