How to Build Your Own SMART Goals Worksheet, Step by Step

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If you’re not yet familiar with the concept of SMART goal setting, you should know that this acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals. More and more people are starting to use this concept, mainly because of its ability to help us attain our goals in a timely fashion, by providing structure and the desired amount of motivation. If you’re thinking of applying the SMART goals concept, but are unsure what the best way to do that is, we’re here to help you out. Today, we’re going to take you through all the steps of building your own SMART goals worksheet.

Building a SMART Goals Worksheet Step by Step

1. Establish a Goal Statement

The most important part of a SMART goals worksheet is the goal statement and making it as precise as possible. That is because all other aspects of the worksheet will be drawn from this particular statement.

The trick to writing a great goal statement is to keep it as short and concise as possible. Click to Tweet
We recommend it to be no longer than one sentence. Moreover, always include both the desired goal and the deadline you have in mind.

2. What Makes Your Goal Specific?

The next thing you should consider is the specificity of your goal statement. Ask yourself where you’re going to be when you achieve it and what the tactics you’re going to use are. The “how” is possibly the most important part of SMART goal setting, because it helps you tackle the goal step by step and break it apart into smaller, less intimidating goals. In order to complete this part of the worksheet, write down at least 3 specific actions that are going to help you achieve your goal.

3. What Makes Your Goal Measurable?

Next, you have to come up with ways of measuring your success or lack thereof. Think about how you’re going to track your progress. You will have to check if there’s something you should improve or rethink about your current strategy. Moreover, write down what is going to change in your life once you’ve reached your goal. This will help you single out the exact moment when you’ve finally achieved it.

4. What Makes Your Goal Attainable?

In order to figure out if your goal is attainable, you have to think about the amount of effort you have to put in and the resources you need. If you think you can go through all the steps and successfully make use of every tool at your disposal, then your goal is attainable. Write down any additional resources you’re going to need or names of people you might want to ask for help.

5. What Makes Your Goal Realistic?

The next step is for you to single out the skills you need to achieve your goal and the amount of knowledge you should have. Remember you have to keep your goal realistic. So if you know that there’s no way for you to get the required skills, you might want to rethink your goal statement.

6. What Makes Your Goal Timely?

As we’ve already mentioned, every SMART goal should have a deadline. The best advice we can give you is to set deadlines for every specific step you identified above. This will make things much clearer and easier to tackle.

All there’s left for you to do now is build your own SMART goals worksheet. Good luck!

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Author: Amanda Knowles