Exercise M2.03.3. The Action Plan: Setting SMART objectives

Targets can be set based upon:

  • Taking on new responsibilities
  • Developing role at work
  • Skills acquired over time
  • Level of support given by a mentor/ coach
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Attitudes and behaviours

A simple acronym used to set objectives is called SMART objectives. SMART stands for:
1. Specific – Objectives should specify what they want to achieve.
2. Measurable – You should be able to measure whether you are meeting the objectives or not.
3. Achievable - Are the objectives you set, achievable and attainable?
4. Realistic – Can you realistically achieve the objectives with the resources you have?
5. Time – When do you want to achieve the set objectives?

When setting targets:

  • Break the overall goal into separate chunks
  • Be clear on what it is you need to do in each step
  • Be specific on each step
  • Identify what, when and how?
  • Identify who you need to help you achieve your goals
  • Set time aside to review your progress and adjust the plan if you need to.

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