The kinds of goals that are easiest to achieve are called SMART goals.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
If you set a goal that is When you have a lot of information about something and it is clear. Example: When a goal is specific, you know when you want to start, who will support you, and what you want to do.specific you know the answers to:
Who is going to support you to reach your goal?
What do you want to do?
When do you want to start?
Where will you start? For example, your goal might be something you can do at school or at home.
Some examples of specific goals are:
I want to study Psychology at La Trobe University. This is more specific than a goal like ‘I want to go to university.’
I want to get a part time job at a shop in the suburb where I live. This is more specific than a goal like ‘I want to get a job.’
When you can see the progress you have made. For example: When you know you have reached a goal or you are getting closer to it.Measurable means that you know when you have reached your goal, or if you are getting closer.
Some examples of measurable goals are:
Going to the movies 2 times a month. This is more measurable than ‘See more movies.’
Practice driving 3 times a week. This is more measurable than ‘Get good at driving.’
Something that you can do. A goal is achievable if you can do it. Example: 'Fly like a bird' is not an achievable goal because humans cannot fly.Achievable means that your goal is not impossible, you can actually do it.
Some examples of achievable goals are:
Getting your driving licence when you are old enough.
Getting a job at your local cafe.
About a certain thing. Example: If a goal is relevant to your NDIS plan, it has to support you.Relevant means that it is a goal that will support you.
Some examples of relevant goals are:
Writing a resume if you want to get a job.
Driving lessons if you want to get your driver's licence.
If a goal is timely, then you have a day you want to start it, and a day you want to finish or reach it.Timely means that you have a start date for your goal and an end date for when you want to reach it.
Some examples of timely goals are:
By 30 April I want to sit my driving test.
- I want to have a job by the end of this year.
When you put all of these things together, an example of a SMART goal is:
- I want to start my Psychology degree at La Trobe University's Melbourne campus in March 2021. I want to study part-time.