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 are interested in career planning tools, check out these free online resources to help you plan and make progress on research and career goals:

myidp.sciencecareers.org — & — ImaginePhD.com, for humanists and social scientists

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 setting “write the article” as a goal, SMART goals could be:

  • write the abstract and send to colleague by Wednesday
  • select a journal for the submission by Thursday
  • spend 60 minutes writing every Friday 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