The SMART goal framework is a useful framework for planning, structuring and executing work towards a specific goal for Monthly work. It is a user-friendly methodology, in that it instructs which aspects of a goal and associated milestones should be included, and how these should be formulated to have best effect. This combination makes the SMART framework very powerful and significantly increases the chances of the goal at hand actually being reached.
Most people and organisations have short-, medium- and long(er) term goals which they for one reason or another have identified as the most relevant to work towards at the moment.
- Finish the marketing report by February.
- Attend 3 conferences during March
- Read 3 books about productivity in April
The smart method
A goal will only qualify as SMART if all aspects are fulfilled. When correctly formulated, SMART goals ensure that you:
The acronym for smart:
- S - (Specific): Have a clear direction of where you are heading
- M - (Measurable): Can assess the outcome of your efforts
- A - (Achievable): Work towards a realistic ambition
- R - (Relevant): Focus resources on the correct tasks
- T - (Time-bound): Feel an appropriate sense of urgency