SMART stands for:
Specific: Not vague – something you can strike off a list.
Measurable: The goal can be measured, e.g. the goal of “go for a 20 minute walk each day” can be measured – at the end of the day, either we did it or we didn’t.
Achievable: The goal can be done with the time and resources available – so we don’t set ourselves up to fail.
Relevant: The small goal we set is actually related to the bigger goal (e.g. the small goal of “go to the gym for an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays”, is relevant to the bigger goal of “Getting fit”).
Time-bound: The goal is bound in time – e.g. “Complete an hour of gardening on Saturday from 9am until 10am”. By being specific about the time, you can also reschedule if this isn’t achieved in the timeframe specified.