How to Set SMART Goals – Zero to Success, 1 day at a time


Welcome to SMART Goals Setting Practice.

Before going to how to set SMART Goals, let’s understand what exactly a Goal means.

A Goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. People endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed to motivate and guide a person or group toward a goal.

So why to set a SMART Goal instead of just a Goal?

SMART Goals are significantly better than just Goals, as SMART Goals represent goals those are:


S – specific, significant

The goal should identify a specific action or event that will take place

Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise, you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. When drafting your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved?



M – measurable, meaningful, motivational

The goal and its benefits should be quantifiable.

It’s important to have measurable goals so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?


A –  attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

The goal should be attainable given available resources.

Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.

An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?


R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

The goal should require you to stretch some, but allow the likelihood of success.

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it’s important to retain control over them. So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you’re still responsible for achieving your own goal.

A relevant goal can answer “yes” to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?


timelyT – time-based, time-bound, timely

The goal should state the time period in which it will be accomplished.

Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?


Now that we understand what a SMART Goal is, let’s start working on it.

I have created an MS Excel spreadsheet for tracking my goals, you may download the same and make use of it.

Kindly comment below, share your thoughts and let me know if you find any difficulty in downloading the file.

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