Getting SMART about goal setting


SMART goals

Infinity Learning can help students establish and implement SMART goals for their High School and College years. Why is this important?


Students who have a plan of action will be more confident. Having a plan and a vision of the outcome keeps students focused. Creating a plan with actionable items to drive success are key.


What are SMART goals?

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Attainable

  • Relevant

  • Time-bound


Students should ask the following questions in creating SMART goals.


Specific questions require students to answer the 6 W’s ( Who, What, When, Where, Why and Which).

  • Who should be involved to help hold you accountable?

  • What specifically are you trying to accomplish?

  • What is the timeframe to completion?

  • Where will the activities take place?

  • Why is this goal important?

  • Which constraints or requirements should be considered?


Measurable questions answer the how.

  • How much?

  • How many?

  • How will I know when it is accomplished?


Attainable questions answer the possibility that a goal can be accomplished.

  • How can the goal be accomplished?

  • Is the goal challenging yet achievable?


Realistic questions answer the probability that the goal can realistically be reached …

  • I am confident that I personally can accomplish this goal?

  • Do I have a track record of completing this type of goal before?

  • Am I able to visualize a situation where I could accomplish this goal?


Time Bound questions answer time constraints

  • What is my deadline for attaining my goal?

  • Do I have check points to monitor progress?


Author - Ronda Youngblood, MBA

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