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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Goals should also be S.M.A.R.T.

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. is a widely-accepted way to approach goal setting especially in management and HR circles. Although, as Mike Morrison in his article, A History of SMART points out, there is some debate over whether S.M.A.R.T. was the creation of George Doran in 1981 in his Management Review article, "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives" or by Anthony Raia, back in 1965, in his article, Goal Setting and Self-Control, published in the Journal of Management Studies, the widespread application of this useful acronym is clear. Here is what each letter stands for in its application to goal setting as to what an ideal goal should be:

  • S: Specific
  • M: Measureable
  • A: Achievable
  • R: Relevant ...

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