Here are 37 smart goal setting examples to help you copy, paste and amend to suit your needs.
SMART goals are simple to describe, but often, harder to create in practice.
For this reason, think of the following SMART goal setting examples in this article, as a swipe file you can use for your needs.
I have split them into the following areas:
Before we dive into the SMART goal setting examples, it’s worth going through a quick refresher on what SMART is:
Here’s an example of a terrible goal: “To grow my business.”
SMART Goals inject enthusiasm and inspire. They are clear, succinct, and paint a picture of what success looks like or the end goal. If your goals don’t do this, then you might as well not set anything at all.
It stands for:
S – Specific: be clear and concise in describing the ‘what’ (What you want to achieve)
M – Measurable: you have to measure it, so you can be totally clear if you have achieved it or not.
A – Achievable: There’s no point setting goals which are out of that person’s or team's control. There’s no point too, shooting for the stars if there’s absolutely no chance in attaining it. Be real and respectful.
R – Relevant: Does it mean something to the group or the main goal? If it doesn't fit with the bigger picture, then don’t create it!
T – Timely: There has to be a description of when it should be completed, otherwise it falls into a task that just constantly gets put off! Ever seen the classic "On going" tag to some actions in your organisation? (A big no-no if you can help it...)
So, in light of the above drab goal “to grow my business,” we could use SMART to transform it into a shiny and inspiring goal!
Perhaps it could be something like, “To increase sales by 25% and grow my profitability by 10%, by the end of this financial year.” Doesn't that sound better!
As long as you stick to the SMART Goals framework, and follow the smart goal setting examples above (and reword them to suit your own environment) then you'll be setting inspiring and attainable goals in no time, which are crystal clear and provide laser sharp focus.
One last thing to remember is to not have or set too many goals at once. Our short term memories can only cope with around 5 to 7 things at any one time, so to avoid overload, try to keep yours down to a handful, tops. This will ensure maximum focus and productivity...
And minimum mental fatigue and worse still - burnout.
keep that in mind when looking for your smart goals to create for yourself or your teams...
You're more than welcome, though to take our SMART goal setting examples and do with them what you like!