by Drew Carlisle, Remesys Consultant
It is November, the end of the year is nearly upon us which means. It is time to focus on the fun stuff. Right? Holidays, Christmas parties, long summer nights, lovely warm weather and for some of us, setting up the next 12 months performance plan.
Like Dilbert and his co-workers, I used to struggle to develop meaningful goals that would help guide me through the coming 12 months. Do you use The 5 W’s, Achievable objectives, measurable objectives, SMART or SMARTER goals? Like me, I am sure you have heard of them all, but what do they all mean? From my experience, the simplest, more effective way to break it down is from the SMARTER acronym (hence the clever name!)
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound, Ethical & Relevant
All makes complete sense now, right? Should be really easy to write up well-meaning goals from now on. No? Of course not. If it was as easy as writing up a clever acronym, everyone would be doing it.
Specific – Goals that are specific have a much higher chance of being accomplished.