Smart goal is a Statement of the important results you are working to accomplish. It is designed in a way to foster clear the mutual understanding of what constitutes expected levels of performance and successful professional development.
The criteria needed in achieving Smart goals is derived from the acronym ‘SMART’ which means thus:-
S means Specific. This implies what will be accomplished? What actions will you take?
M means Measurable. What data will measure the goal? (How much? How well?
A means Achievable. Is the goal doable? Do you have the necessary skills and resources?
R means Relevant. How does the goal align with broader goals? Why is the result important?
T means that it must be Time-Bound. What is the time frame for accomplishing the goal? How do I decide the right scope for my SMART Goals? (How big? How many?)
SMART goals are meant to address all of your major job responsibilities. Remember, goals are intended to focus attention and resources on what is most important so that you can be successful in achieving your priorities
Common types of goals are aimed at achieving the following objectives which includes among others to increase something, make something, improve something, save something, etc
Start your goals by first of all thinking about your whole job and the broad areas of responsibility and results for which you are accountable. Develop a goal statement for each bucket of responsibility. To get the scope right, remember to focus on end results not tasks. Having too many goals can be an indicator that your goals are scoped at too low a level and are focused more on tasks than on end results.