SMART is an acronym we can use to guide our goal setting. This helps to ensure that our goals are meaningful and reachable.
Each goal should be:
How to use SMART:
- Specific – Each goal should be clear and specific to help you focus your efforts. It also makes it clear whether you accomplished your goal or not.
- Measurable – Having measurable goals helps you track your progress and stay motivated.
- Achievable – Goals should be realistic and attainable to achieve success.
- Relevant – This is to ensure that our goals are important to us and serve as a reminder for what we’re working towards.
- Time-bound – Setting a deadline for our goals keeps us motivated to continue working towards them.
Non-SMART goal example: Start walking more this month.
SMART goal example: Walk 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for this month.