2010 S.M.A.R.T. Goals (a.k.a. Specifying the “Bucket List” for 2010)


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Mona Majorowicz posted on her blog her personal 2009 Goals in Review. There she goes again, setting a good example for the rest of us.

In the ’80s, I facilitated training sessions stressing S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Since then, when setting goals for myself I’ve had the S.M.A.R.T. strategy in the back of my mind; however, I’ve been better at telling others about the strategy than personally implementing it. Now, with reading Mona’s posting indicating her 2009 goals and her achievement related to them, and having an open-slate 2010 in front of me, I’m looking forward to setting goals for 2010. (Correction: I’m looking forward to meeting/exceeding goals, but not the effort involved in setting them.)

For any of you who are not aware of what S.M.A.R.T. (in relation to setting goals) stands for, I thought I’d research a bunch of web sites and then summarize. However, since there are so many variations and explanations of S.M.A.R.T., I’m basically acknowledging that I’m going to set goals for 2010, structuring them in such a way that I believe I can/will be accountable for them. (I.e., by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.) Where I’m going to differ from Mona is that I’m not going to be brave enough to publish them!

The basic premise of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, depending upon which source you look at, is goals should be:

S:  Specific

M:  Measurable

A:  Attainable/Achievable

R:  Realistic (I also like “relevant.”)

T:  Time Bound (I also like “trackable.”)

If you google “goals smart acronym” you’ll find a plethora of different perspectives on what the S.M.A.R.T. acronym letters stand for. Most sources agree on the basics, but have their own little twist.  To glean what details would resonate most with me, I looked at most of the first ten “hits” in the Google listing (at the link at the beginning of this paragraph).

To see variations of words used in the  S.M.A.R.T. acronym , click here. Then scroll down about 1/10th of the site where you will see a table with the bold heading “Smart Acronym Variations.”

In case you are interested in the background about S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, after scrolling down about 8/10ths of the way at the same link you’ll see the bold heading “History and Origins of the SMART Objectives Acronym.”

Hmmm…In the spirit of efficiency (which will be a part of my 2010 goals) I’ll abruptly end this post and tie up some unrelated loose ends.  Oh, my. “Tie up loose ends” is not specific.  Nor measurable.  I guess it is achievable…if I can figure out what the loose ends are.  Hmmm…It is realistic…if I know what the loose ends are.  Time Bound?  Yes, I guess bound by today…but, what are those loose ends?

Man…sigh…I guess I’d better go make a specific “to do” list so that I get off on a good S.M.A.R.T. foot for the day!

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3 Responses to “2010 S.M.A.R.T. Goals (a.k.a. Specifying the “Bucket List” for 2010)”

  1. mona Says:

    So it’s New Year’s Eve (correction) day and the old fuddy duddies that we are, Mike is asleep and I’m trolling your blog looking for some reference to . . .

    Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

    Awww. Your not gonna share? I read (somewhere) that it’s the sharing part that tends to make you more accountable. Mind you this is brave words from me since I only shared the business goals and nothing personal. 🙂

  2. Clara Says:

    It’s nice to see someone actually setting SMARTgoals outside of the education setting.

  3. Clara Says:

    Oh, snowflakes are falling on the SMARTgoals.

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