Setting goals at work is a common practice but not everyone does it the right way. There are two types of goals that you can set: SMART goals and S.M.A.R.T goals.
The first type of goal is called SMART goals and they are short-term, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely while the second type is called S.M.A.R.T and they are specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant and time-bound (or time-driven).
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These are the five qualities that any good goal should have. A Specific goal is one that has a clear and well-defined purpose. A Measurable goal has a specific duration or outcome to measure success. An Attainable goal is one that can be achieved with effort and/or resources available. A Relevant goal links to the mission of the organization and its strategic direction. A Time-bound goal has a specific date by which it will be accomplished.
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
To make your goal specific, you must answer the six “W” questions:
Goals are an important aspect of any person’s life. Whether you want to improve your health, earn a degree, or start your own business, goals play a key role in achieving these milestones. In order to set the most effective goals possible, it’s important to identify what you’re looking for and what your current situation is. For example, if you’re looking for more money, ask yourself if you need more money or just want more money. Once you answer this question, then it’s easier to know how to set your goal.
It is important to set one goal at a time and make it your priority. Assign deadlines to your goals and break them down into smaller tasks. Estimate how much time you will need to complete each task and divide the goal’s time span by the number of tasks. This will give you an idea of how many days per week you should work on this goal.
The most important thing is to set goals that are achievable and reachable. It is also vital that you create deadlines for your goals in order to avoid procrastination. Setting goals that align with company objectives can be a good way to make sure you are on the right track, but it’s also worth it to set personal objectives.