No doubt you know that setting goals is one very smart way to define direction in anything you set out to do. SMART goal setting brings structure and direction into your goals and objectives. In place of vague resolutions, SMART goal setting creates verifiable trajectories towards a certain objective, with clear milestones and an estimation of how such goals can be achieved. When you set goals, every such goal or objective, from intermediary step to overarching objective, can be made SMART. That helps to bring it closer to reality.
In corporate life, SMART goal setting is one of the most effective and yet least used tools for achieving goals. As soon as you determine the outlines of your project, you know it's time to set specific intermediary goals. With the SMART checklist, you can evaluate your objectives more realistically. SMART goal setting also creates transparency throughout the company. It clarifies the way goals came into existence, and the criteria their realization will conform to.
Many management experts generally agree that the acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of goal setting. Below are the most popular adoptions of the variations.
S – Specific.
M – Measurable.
A – Attainable.
R – Realistic.
T – Timely.
Without setting goals or objectives, life becomes a series of chaotic happenings you can’t control. You become the plaything of coincidence. That creates a situation of lack of direction which is extremely wasteful and you can least afford.
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