Establishing SMARTER Goals

Develop one academic goal you have while at Stratford University. It could be for this course, for your degree, for your studying, or another area. Fill out each area of this worksheet. Your description should answer the questions in the Mnemonic and provide a clear explanation for each part.

The reason this goal is important to me

Step Mnemonic Description

1 Specific
Exactly what is it you want to achieve in your work or personal life? Good goal statements explain: what, why, who, where, and when. If your goal statement is vague, you will find it hard to achieve because it will be hard to define success.
2 Measurable

You must be able to track progress and measure the result of your goal. Good goal statements answer the question:

how much or how many. How will I know when I achieve my goal?
3 Agreed
Your goal must be relevant to and agreed with all parties; examples include your manager & employees.
4 Realistic
The goal should be stretching, but realistic and relevant to you and your company. Ensure the actions you need to take to achieve your goal are things you can do and control. Is this goal achievable?
5 Time-Bound
Goals must have a deadline. A good goal statement will answer the question: When will I achieve my goal? Without deadlines, it’s easy to put goals off and leave them to die. As well as a deadline, it’s a good idea to set some short-term milestones along the way to help you measure progress.
6 Evaluate- what is working & not working? Barriers?
Seeking win-win?
7 Reassess- what changes need to be made & take action.

(Since you may not be able to do this part yet, list what actions you would take if you found you were not reaching your goal)

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