SMART goals

When setting goals for your Continuing Professional Development Plan consider using SMART Goals. Also consider why the goal is important to you.

 1 Specific Exactly what is it you want to achieve? Good goal statements explain: what, why, who, where and when. If your goal statement is vague, you will find it hard to achieve because it will be hard to define success. 
 2 Measurable You must be able to track progress and measure the result of your goal. Good goal statements answer the question: how much or how many. How will I know when I achieve my goal? 
 3 Agreed Your goal must be relevant to and agreed with all parties; examples could include your line manager, colleagues, your assessor
 4 Realistic The goal should be stretching, but realistic and relevant to you and your organisation. Ensure the actions you need to take to achieve your goal are things you can do and control. Is this goal achievable? 
 5 Time-Bound Goals must have a deadline. A good goal statement will answer the question: When will I achieve my goal? Without deadlines, it’s easy to put goals off and leave them to die. As well as a deadline, it’s a good idea to set some short-term milestones along the way to help you measure progress. 

NB in many acronyms for SMART the ‘A’ stands for achievable here achievable is incorporated into realistic.Adapted from