SpecificTo set a specific goal you must answer the six “W”questions:o Who: Who is involved?o What: What do I want to accomplish?o Where: Identify a location.o When: Establish a time frame.o Which: Identify requirements and constraints.o Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
MeasurableWhen you measure your progress, you stay ontrack, reach your target dates, and experiencethe satisfaction that spurs you on to continuedeffort required to reach your goal.To determine if your goal is measurable, askquestions such as……o How much? How many?o How will I know when it is accomplished?
Achievableo Almost any goal can be achieved when you plan your steps carefully within a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.o It is much better to start with a modest goal that you will be able to achieve in reasonable time than an ambitious goal that is unattainable and leaves you defeated.o When you list realistic goals you are laying the foundations of success, not failure.
Realistico To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.o Every goal should represent substantial progress so that you can experience a sense of achievement.o Check out with others how realistic the goal is.
Timedo Deadlines give you something concrete to aim for and help you maintain momentum.o Times also need to be specific – saying something will happen in “summer 2012” is too general, it should give a full date.o Again, ask others and use colleagues to help you assess how realistic your timings are.
Check progressTaking the SMART approach to action planningencourages you to:o assess your progresso easily share your plan and your progress with otherso make adjustments and modifications as you goo grow in confidence and satisfaction each time a milestone is reached.
Action planProforma and checklist can be downloaded fromthe Learning Exchange, under the “Webinar”forum.