The SMART Goals acronym establishes specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound elements that the SMART Goals worksheet incorporates and develops, say Bright Hub Project Management and the Houston Chronicle. The worksheet's first page needs two columns in which to list the elements and the questions each element raises.
Specificity requires questions such as who, what, when, where, why and how regarding goals development. A measurable goal requires a quantifiable measurement. Is the goal "achievable"? This requires questions regarding necessary resources. Is the goal relevant, or does it fall within the overall mission?
To be time-bound, the goal requires a realistic deadline. Planners must carefully answer the questions to interpret and meet a SMART goal.