Objective: By the end of this mini-lesson, participants will be able to understand the SMART criteria and apply it to set personal and professional goals.
- Whiteboard or flipchart
- Handout with SMART goal-setting template
- Pens or pencils for participants
Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin by asking participants about their experiences with goal setting and if they have used any specific techniques.
- Introduce the concept of SMART goals and explain the acronym (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).
SMART Goal Criteria Explanation (10 minutes):
- Specific: Explain that goals should be clear and specific, with well-defined objectives. Provide examples of vague goals and how they can be made more specific.
- Measurable: Discuss the importance of having measurable goals to track progress and know when the goal is achieved. Explain how to quantify goals and provide examples.
- Achievable: Explain that goals should be realistic and attainable within the given resources and constraints. Discuss how to assess the feasibility of goals and provide examples.
- Relevant: Emphasize the importance of setting goals that align with one’s values, priorities, and long-term objectives. Provide examples of relevant and irrelevant goals.
- Time-bound: Discuss the significance of setting deadlines for goals to maintain focus and motivation. Explain how to establish appropriate timeframes and provide examples.
Activity: Creating SMART Goals (15 minutes):
- Distribute the SMART goal-setting template handout to participants.
- Ask participants to think of a personal or professional goal they would like to achieve.
- Instruct participants to use the SMART criteria to refine their goals, writing down their ideas on the handout.
- Encourage participants to share their goals with a partner and provide feedback on each other’s SMART goals.
Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Ask participants to share their experiences with the activity and any insights they gained.
- Summarize the importance of setting SMART goals in planning and achieving personal and professional objectives.
- Encourage participants to continue using the SMART goal-setting technique in their daily lives and to track their progress towards achieving their goals.