Introduction to S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting and How to Define S.M.A.R.T Goals
This article details what S.M.A.R.T. goals are and how to define them to lead a more productive life.
SMART is a mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives, for example in project management, employee-performance management and personal development. The letters S and M usually mean specific and measurable. The other letters have meant different things to different authors, as described below. Additional letters have been added by some authors.
SMART criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker’s management by objectives concept. The first-known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. The principal advantage of SMART objectives is that they are easier to understand, to do, and then be reassured that they have been done.
Each letter in SMART refers to a different criterion for judging objectives. Different sources use the letters to refer…
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