A classic and time-tested formula for setting goals is SMART, which generally stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. These adjectives serve as a reminder as to how to set a quality goal.
This system works well with Simple Sense and helps someone set priorities and take action. SMART falls within the Make Choices and Practice stages of Simple Sense.
Now, what is the reason behind all these adjectives?
Specific - helps people to focus efforts and is the step that asks someone to clearly define what they are going to do.
Measurable- reminds people to set concrete criteria for measuring progress.
Achievable - stands for ensuring goals push you but are still within realistic reach.
Realistic – pushes people to set goals that are “do-able.”
Timely - states that the goal should be within a specified timeframe.
If this formula and the above adjectives work for you, then that’s great. I have made up different adjectives for the model that work better for me.
Simple Sense SMART Defined:
Significant – I change this word because I feel that most goals become “Specific” using the rest of the formula. The word “Significant” reminds us that our goals should be important to us and taken seriously. They shouldn’t be chosen willy-nilly.
Measurable - same as above.
Action-oriented – I change this word because I like the emphasis that the individual must work to elicit the achievement of his or her goal. Too often we just react or put our goals on the back-burner. “Action-oriented” reminds us that we must be the change-makers and become proactive in our lives.
Realistic - same as above.
Time-Based – This word is similar to “Timely” but I like that “Time-Based” is more specific in reminding us that we must set a timeframe for our goals. We need to allow for enough time to achieve the goal, but not so must time that project performance is impacted.
Again, this formula is not a part of Simple Sense, but if it helps you to make quality goals and set meaningful priorities, then it definitely can be used within a Simple Sense approach. I am a strong proponent of doing what works for you.
Over the course of the next few weeks I will continue to share tools and exercises that can work with Simple Sense. Some may work for you and some may not. We all think and approach issues in different ways, be you right-brained, left-brained, a visual or kinesthetic learner. When you Practice and continue to Learn from this Practice you will begin to understand what works best for you. Though above all else, keep it Simple!