The SMART technique[AIESEC in Bolivia] Goal Setting Wiki
The most common Goal Setting technique used isthe SMART. The SMART technique consists insetting your goals using as filter five criteria. Thesecriteria facilitated the process of Goal Setting andits achievement because they make thetransformation from a dream or a desire to a real,well focused and achievable goal.
SMART – Specific:Specific means that the objective is concrete,detailed, focused and well defined. Specificmeans that it’s results and action-orientated.Objectives need to be straightforward and tocommunicate what you would like to see happen.
SMART – Measurable:If the objective is measurable we are able to trackthe actions/compare as we progress towards theobjective. It’s important to have measures thatwill encourage and motivate you on the way asyou see the change occurring.
SMART – Achievable (attainable):Objectives, unlike your aspirations and visions,need to be achievable to keep you motivated.Some objectives need to challenge you, but notso far that the team becomes frustrated and losesmotivation.
SMART – Realistic (relevant):Objectives that are achievable, may not berealistic.. however, realistic does not mean easy.Realistic means that you have (or plan) theresources to get it done and know its implication.The achievement of an objective requiresresources, such as, skills, money, equipment, etc.to the task required to achieve the objective.
SMART – Time bound:Time-bound means not only setting deadlines,but also timeframes for the achievement of theobjective. If you don’t set a time you will reducethe motivation and urgency required to executethe tasks. Timeframes create the necessaryurgency and prompts action.