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One Good Way to Judge Goals: S.M.A.R.T.

Strategies and goals

There’s a short video with an accompanying article at Mindtools, a personal development site with a business focus at on goal-setting as a habit, covering both in terms of lifetime goals and shorter-term tasks and targets. My favorite part of the article (and the video) suggests using the mnemonic “SMART” to remember what makes a good short-term goal. A good target or short-term goal, the article recommends, is

  • Specific
  • Measurable (that is, afterward you can tell whether or not you accomplished it)
  • Attainable (though it attainable with some preparation first is OK)
  • Relevant (to your priorities)
  • Timebound (you plan do do it by a particular deadline)

There are other good points in the article as well;  it’s worth a look. (Thanks to Jeff Grundy’s podcast for posting about this at )



  1. Guy Stewart  •  Aug 11, 2009 @7:45 am

    As the school year rushes down upon us (yeah, I know, there’s LOTS of negative imagery there!) I am reminded (as I am now part of a research grant that will find out how much difference using a SMARTBoard in a classroom makes) that teachers need to teach out of WISDOM and not just “ready-set-go”. Changing STYLE is more important that changing content — or even changing technology. The SMART acronym should be employed by teachers everywhere!

  2. Luc  •  Aug 11, 2009 @9:38 am

    In the schools I’ve been exposed to as a kid and now as a parent, I have never come across much in terms of teaching kids about handling their lives, the kinds of skills we need to cope with everyday chaos–and I’m not aware of much teacher education along those lines, either. I like your use of the word “wisdom” in the context of teaching. Have you run into any places or systems or models or programs that help inject wisdom into schools?

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