Tuesday Tip: Work SMARTER, not HARDER

I love to set goals for myself, but I have a hard time turning an idea into an action. SMARTER goals help me create a path to a defined, attainable goal. SMARTER is an acronym that includes all the ingredients you need for success, with the criteria attributed to Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives.

To make sure your goals are clear and attainable, each one should be:

  • Specific – What do I want to accomplish? Why is this goal important? What is involved?
  • Measurable – To track your progress and stay motivated, ask: How much? How many? How will I know when my goal is accomplished?
  • Achievable – Your goal needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful.
  • Relevant – Does your goal matter to you? Is it worthwhile?
  • Time-bound – Every goal needs a target date for completion.
  • Evaluated – What’s working, what’s not? What’s gone well, what hasn’t? What are the results?
  • Reviewed – What’s my next goal? Will I make any changes in my process for future goals?

Using SMARTER goals helps provide clarity, focus, and motivation for me. When you set your next goal, try the SMARTER method!

Marie Brown Stafford: As an Inside Sales Rep at Network 1, Marie uses her empathetic nature and outstanding project management skills to uncover future clients’ needs so she can provide effective recommendations on the services they need to fulfill each one.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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