How to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How to set S.M.A.R.T. GoalsEvery academic year, it is important for your Chapter to set goals. Anyone can set any type of goals but it takes smart people like Phi Sigma Pi Members to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Those are the important ones that we want to talk about today and set at our Chapter meetings. Before we get there though let’s talk about Chapter Wide Goals.

Chapter Wide Goals

To figure out what goals you would like to adopt, your Chapter should first develop broad goals and plans for the term. These goals should be broad enough to impact the Chapter as a whole.

Examples: 

  • Develop better financial stability
  • Increasing morale in the Chapter
  • Setting a recruitment goal for number of Initiates pinned

Once these goals are created, Committees should develop a plan that assists the Chapter wide goals.

Follow these steps:

  1. The Chapter as a whole determines broad, realistic and measurable goals that the Chapter can accomplish.
  2. The Executive Board shares these goals with all Committee Chairs/Officers in the Chapter.
  3. Each Committee and Officer comes up with specific goals that help impact the Chapter goals.
  4. At the end of the academic term, the Chapter evaluates the progress of each individual goal.
  5. Next academic term, the Chapter redefines its goals to determine better goals for the Chapter.

Example:

  • Broad Goal: Induct at least 15 new Members into the Chapter this term.
  • Specific Public Relations Committee Goal (S.M.A.R.T Goal): Send press release to school newspaper, school calendar and local radio station with information/recruitment meeting information. Also, attend three “Meet the Student Organizations” nights to recruit Potential New Members.

Officer and Committee Goals

By writing S.M.A.R.T. goals, you’ll be able to stay on track and clearly know when you’ve accomplished your goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are:

SMART Goals

Specific– To make a goal specific, include what you want to do and how you’re going to do it.

Measurable– To make a goal measurable, you need to indicate how you’re going to assess it. To do this, you’ll need to make your goal quantifiable with observable results.

Attainable– Your goals should be something to strive for, yet attainable.

Realistic– Share your goal to see how realistic others feel it is or research what the Chapter’s accomplished in the past.

Targeted– Goals have a time-frame for success. Having a defined deadline also helps you stay motivated to complete your goals.

Find examples about Initiates, Finances, Morale and Participation in the How to Effectively Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals resource.

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