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Hasse Jansen, 05 Sep '16

18 SMART Goal Definitions - a Quick List of the Method’s Benefits

You already know what the acronym stands for. But why use it? In just one sentence, popular sites describe what the SMART goal setting method is and why to use it.

There are countless sources describing what the SMART acronym letters stand for. And every other consultant you have walking around tells you to make goals Specific, Measurable… etc etc. So you already know the answer by now. Therefore, this article takes a different approach.

For many, it has become a habbit to try to make goals Timely and (at least halfway) Specific. But office life is chaotic. You kind of know what SMART goals are, but sometimes you just need a quick reminder - why are we using SMART goals again? What have I accomplished when I set a SMART goal? What are the benefits of making goals SMART?

In short, SMART is the most effective, easiest and most popular framework for setting goals. And the many different sites we’ve referenced in this blog all have their own unique, lively way of describing just that. You may have heard one or two different SMART goal definitions, but more is better.

So we’ve collected the best one-sentence descriptions of what the SMART goal setting principle actually is, and what it’s benefits are. Here’s a quick list of how popular sites have most concisely described the SMART goal setting method.

So without further ado, let’s go!

SMART goals are…

“An easy way to remember key elements of effective goals” - Oracle

“The most popular method used for goal setting” - SmartGoalsGuide

“An acronym to help in the writing of objectives” - RapidBi

“A best practice framework for setting goals” - WhatIs

“Designed to provide structure and guidance throughout a project, and better identify what you want to accomplish” - SmartSheet

“Brings structure and trackability into your goals and objectives” - YourCoach

A mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives” - Wikipedia

“An acronym that is used to guide the development of measurable goals” - WayneStateUniversity

“An acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting” - MindTools

“An effective way to set objectives” - LearnMarketing

“A way to write management goals and objectives” - SmartGoalsGuide

“An acronym that represents a framework for creating effective goals” - WikiHow

“A popular technique for validating your goals” - TheBalance

“A way of gradually building capacity to tackle the increasing challenges” - Edutopia

“A written statement that describes what needs to be done to work toward a specific change” - ISixSigma

“One of the most powerful and practical skills” - ProjectManagementSkills

“Clarifies exactly what is expected and the measures used to determine if the goal is achieved and successfully completed” - Vanderbilt University

“Can help in achieving set goals in a faster and extraordinary way” - Temitope Adelekan

“Verifiable trajectories towards a certain objective, with clear milestones and an estimation of the goal's attainability” - YourCoach

You now know (pretty much) all the definitions of SMART goals and why you should use them.

Ahhh, just what the doctor ordered!