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How to set SMART Goals

Have you ever heard of SMART goals? If you haven’t, SMART is an acronym designed to guide you in setting goals you are more likely to achieve and benefit from in the long run.

The acronym S.M.A.R.T stands for:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable
  • A – Achievable
  • R – Relevant
  • T – Time-Bound

These are all different aspects of setting excellent goals.


When setting a goal, you want to be specific about what you want to accomplish. That is where the “S” comes in.

The more specific you are about your goals, the more clear the overall objective becomes.

It’s always easier to hit a target that you can see more clearly.


The letter “M” stands for measurable. This means that you can track your progress related to your goal.

Even more importantly, having a measurable goal means you know when it has been achieved.

Here is a good example.

Let’s say that you have a goal to read more books this year. It’s important to be a little more specific because without a target you don’t know when this goal has been achieved.

“More books” could mean 5 or it could mean 100. Unless you have a specific target, your goal is not measurable.


When trying to determine if a goal can be achieved, you must ask yourself: “Can I achieve this goal with my current skillset or through personal growth?”

If your answer to this question is “Yes,” you have set an achievable goal.

If your goal is not achievable with your current skillset or through growth, you are setting yourself up for failure.


This is your WHY.

Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why is it important to you? What will you get from achieving this goal? What will you become through achieving this goal?

These are the questions you ask yourself when trying to determine if your goal is relevant.

If achieving the goal doesn’t mean very much to you, then you are less likely to actually achieve it.


Finally, a SMART goal must be time-bound.

This means that there is a clear beginning and a definite end. Your goal starts here and ends there.

If your goal has no time constraint, there is no sense of urgency. Worst of all, you may never end up achieving your goal at all.

The SMART Goals Template

Now that you know more about SMART goals, all you need now is a tool to help you set them.

Luckily, Spreadsheet Life has you covered. Here, you can find a SMART Goals Excel template that makes it super easy to build and set SMART goals.

All the guidance and support you need are built right into the template, and it is formatted perfectly to help you go through the entire process.

And once you’re done setting your goals, this template makes it easy to print out all of the info.

Download the SMART Goals template for free, and see it for yourself!

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