What are SMART Goals?

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What are SMART Goals?

Numerous individuals exhaust their lives by shifting from one work place to another in search of a decent job or going here and there trying to achieve more but fail miserably. So, let us try to understand ‘what are smart goals?’ S.M.A.R.T goal settings signify that you can have clarity in thoughts and utilize your time or resources effectively and in a productive manner.  

To ensure that your goals are not vague, each one of us should be:
•    Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
•    Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
•    Achievable (agreed, attainable)
•    Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based)
•    Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive)


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Now, How Do We Make The Usage Of SMART?

A.    Specific

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You must have clarity in your mind regarding your goals to be accomplished else you will never get a feeling that you are working towards your goals in the right manner.

For example: Suppose you are an editor in a reputed media firm and wish to attain the position of a senior editor. Your goal would be ‘I need to enhance my writing skills and editing skills to turn into a senior editor.'

B.    Measurable

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If you don’t have goals that are measurable, then you will be unable to keep a check on your progress and stay determined. Keeping a check on your progress helps you to stick to your deadlines and much more.

For example: You would like to measure your goals of gaining skills to be a senior editor by asserting that you have finished required training subjects and acquired the experience required in two year’s span.

C.    Achievable

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In order to achieve success, your aims have to achievable and realistic. When you establish a goal which is achievable, you might find out opportunities to reach closer to your goal which you have overlooked previously.

For example: There will be a dire need to ask yourself whether imbibing the skills you require to become a senior editor is realistic or not depending on your present experience or qualifications. Example: Do you hold relevant time to finish the training required efficiently?

D.    Relevant

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This term means that your aim holds relevance for you and it is in line with other valid goals. It’s important to need help in the achievement of our aims but it is also vital to have control over them. So, always be sure that your thoughts move everybody forward but at the same time, you will be still in control of achieving your goals.

For example: You wish to accomplish skills of a senior editor of your firm, but you need to define whether it is the right time to take up the relevant training or strive hard for additional qualifications? And are you certain that you are the sound person for the position? Did you consider your husband/wife’s role?

E.    Time Bound

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Your goal needs a date so that that you have a deadline in mind and plan things accordingly.

For Example: Acquiring skills of a senior editor may take up some time. How much time does it require? Do you need further training, so that you're eligible for certain exams or qualifications?

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