Project Smart ~ Exploring trends and developments in project management today

SMART Goals & Objectives

A Clear Route to Success

Setting goals is easy but achieving them isn't, so make sure they're SMART and you'll have a better chance of success.

SMART goals and objectives icon
Calendar icon

A Brief History of SMART Goals

In this history of SMART goals, I look at where the acronym came from, who developed it, what the critics say and why it has become popular.

Calendar icon

Setting SMARTER Goals in 7 Easy Steps

The mnemonics SMART and SMARTER are useful when setting project goals and objectives. Here are seven steps to help you set smarter goals for your projects.

Calendar icon

Stepping Up SMART Goals

The SMART acronym is a great tool for making sure our goals and instructions are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timed.

Calendar icon

7 More Reasons Goals Are Not Achieved

Here are seven more of the common mistakes that most people make in their quest for improvement and achievement.

Calendar icon

The Top 7 Reasons Why Goals Are Not Achieved

SMART goals are those that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. SMART goals tend to give you a laser focus and keep you on track.

Calendar icon

Top 10 Steps to Successful Goals

Help avoid the great Rinse and Repeat Trap by following these 10 steps to setting successful goals. You may have to work for it, however!

Calendar icon

10 Steps to Setting SMART Objectives

Setting SMART objectives to guide your team is important for a leader to get right. Badly formulated objectives will steer a team in the wrong direction.

Calendar icon

Defining Project Goals and Objectives

The very first step in all projects: business, home, or education, is to define goals and objectives.

Calendar icon

SMART Goals Aren't Good Enough

SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Sounds great, but that's actually not enough.

Calendar iconNot recorded

SMART Goals Reduce Ambiguity and Increase Commitment

SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time framed. The establishment of goals based on these criteria reduces ambiguity and creates a climate for commitment.

Calendar iconNot recorded

How to Write a SMART Goal (Video)

The acronym SMART tells us to write achievable and effective goals, but how do you write a SMART goal? This short video tutorial looks at the dos and don'ts of writing SMART goals.

Calendar iconNot recorded

Use SMART Objectives to Focus Goals, Plans and Performance

What's so smart about SMART? Why has this acronym become part of the vocabulary of project planning and performance management?

Calendar iconNot recorded

8 Strategies for Achieving SMART Goals

Setting goals is easy but achieving them isn't. That's why setting "SMART" goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely - is the first step in making your goal a reality.

Calendar iconNot recorded

SMART Goals and Business Coaching

Leaders of all industries know the importance of setting achievable and effective goals for themselves. These goals are termed SMART goals.

Calendar iconNot recorded

SMART Goals

The acronym SMART has a number of slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition for goal setting.

Calendar iconNot recorded

The Importance of Working Together With Your Team

The principle of working together with your team should underpin how you operate. Managing people doesn't just mean acting as overseer to see that they get their work done satisfactorily.

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal. ~ Elbert Hubbard

In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. ~ Unknown Author

Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight. ~ Denis Waitley and Remi Witt

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. ~ Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

Project Health Check

Will your project be a success? Find out in five minutes.

Start nowArrow

PROJECT SMART is the project management resource that helps managers at all levels improve their performance. We provide an important knowledge base for those involved in managing projects of all kinds. With weekly exclusive updates, we keep you in touch with the latest project management thinking.

WE ARE CONNECTED ~ Follow us on social media to get regular updates on what's happening in the world of project management.


Latest Comments

Dario commented on…
Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good and Great Project Managers
- Tue 21 July 7:47am

Suann Lester commented on…
Just for a Laugh: The Lighter Side of Project Management
- Mon 13 July 11:49pm

Gene Donohue commented on…
There's a Reason IT PMOs Fail
- Thu 2 July 1:08pm

Latest tweets

General Project Management • Wanting to become a PM from a developer role http://t.co/J7KZj8KpJ1 #pmot #projectsmart about 14 hours ago

Project Smart has been upgraded! That means you can get all of the benefits on any device. Why not try it now. http://t.co/bj6SjiwOtT #pmot about 16 hours ago

General Project Management • Re: PMP Application Advice http://t.co/I5NGk37BcS #pmot #projectsmart about 22 hours ago