Project SMART Goals

SG_arrowsThe Project SMART Goals checklist is a suggested timeline to help you keep track of the different components of this project. Click through to download a copy of the spreadsheet that will guide you through the InterSECT experience.

You may have heard about SMART goals through the IDP (Individual Development Plan) online resource. If you haven’t completed an IDP and are interested in career planning, check out myidp.sciencecareers.org, a free online resource to help you plan your career and goals in your current work.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time-Bound.

S Specific Is it focused and unambiguous?
M Measurable Could you determine whether or not you achieved this goal?
A Action-Oriented Did you specify the action you will take?
R Realistic Considering difficulty and timeframe, is this goal attainable?
T Time-Bound Did you specify a deadline?

For example: Rather than having “cleaning your room” as a goal, SMART goals could be:

  • Picking up clothing from the floor by Wednesday
  • Putting away books in the shelf by Thursday
  • Vacuuming the room every Sunday morning

To learn more about SMART goals and how you can use them in your daily life, check out this article from ScienceMag: Goal Setting Strategies for Scientific and Career Success