How to Set Smart Goals

Annittra Atler
2 min readMar 31, 2023

Setting goals is an important part of personal and professional growth. However, simply stating that you want to achieve something is not enough. To increase your chances of success, it is important to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. In this blog, we will explore each of these elements and how they can help you set effective goals.

  1. Specific

A specific goal is clear and well-defined. It answers the questions who, what, where, when, and why. For example, instead of saying “I want to improve my writing skills,” a specific goal would be “I want to write 500 words every day for the next 30 days to improve my writing skills.”

  1. Measurable

A measurable goal allows you to track your progress and determine whether you are on track to achieving your goal. It answers the question how much or how many. For example, “I want to lose weight” is not measurable, but “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next 2 months” is.

  1. Achievable

An achievable goal is realistic and within your capabilities. It is important to set goals that challenge you, but not so much that they are impossible to achieve. For example, if you have never run before, it may not be achievable to run a marathon next month. However, it may be achievable to run a 5K in 3 months with proper training.

  1. Relevant

A relevant goal is aligned with your overall vision, values, and priorities. It is important to set goals that are meaningful to you and that will contribute to your personal or professional growth. For example, if your goal is to start a business, taking a course on knitting may not be relevant to your goal.

  1. Time-bound

A time-bound goal has a specific deadline for completion. It answers the question when. Having a deadline helps to keep you accountable and focused. For example, “I want to save $5,000 for a down payment on a house in the next 12 months” is time-bound.

By setting SMART goals, you can increase your chances of success and make progress towards achieving your desired outcome. When setting your goals, make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Write them down and review them regularly to stay on track. Remember to celebrate your achievements along the way and make adjustments as needed.

Originally published on Annittra Atler’s website.

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Annittra Atler

Annittra Atler is the Associate Superintendent of Special Education for the Albuquerque Public Schools.