What are some examples of SMART goals?


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A SMART goal may be as simple as creating a project plan for an upcoming scheduled event or to reduce tardiness by arriving promptly at the beginning of the work shift each day. SMART goals may also be designed with more layers of complexity, provided they meet all SMART criteria.

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SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. In order for a goal to meet all SMART criteria it must include specific parameters: when the required tasks are to be performed as well as where, how and by whom. The goal must be made measurable by setting a numeric target. An example is a business owner's goal to increase his business by 25 percent each month by accepting two new clients. The goal states how the goal should be reached and can be quantified by a unit of measurement.

Achievable means that the goal must be realistic. In the previous example, the goal only meets SMART criteria if it's likely that the business has the opportunity to accept two new clients per month through market demand, and has the bandwidth to service them effectively. Assuming the goal is written in the context of business growth potential, the goal to take on new clients is relevant, and it includes a monthly framework for evaluation that makes it time-bound.

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