“If a man does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.” -Seneca
Here is a good guide for evaluating and creating goals. NO, I did not arrange this acronym. But there must be some great minds in the world that love them more than I do 🙂
There are a few different versions of this idea, this one is from the University of Arizona.
S: Specific– an observable action, behavior or achievement, linked to a rate, number, % or frequency;
M: Measurable- a way to track and record the behavior or action;
A: Achievable– learners will be able to reach the objective in time allowed. [me-others suggest that the goal should also be challenging].
R: Relevant– objective is something the learner can impact on and change; they need the necessary knowledge, authority and skill required. [I would add, related to your mission and purpose].
T: Time-based – There must be a clear start and finish time or date.