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
  • Markers
  • Handout with SMART goal-setting template
  • Pens or pencils for participants

Introduction (5 minutes):

  1. Begin by asking participants about their experiences with goal setting and if they have used any specific techniques.
  2. Introduce the concept of SMART goals and explain the acronym (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).

SMART Goal Criteria Explanation (10 minutes):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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):

  1. Distribute the SMART goal-setting template handout to participants.
  2. Ask participants to think of a personal or professional goal they would like to achieve.
  3. Instruct participants to use the SMART criteria to refine their goals, writing down their ideas on the handout.
  4. Encourage participants to share their goals with a partner and provide feedback on each other’s SMART goals.

Conclusion (5 minutes):

  1. Ask participants to share their experiences with the activity and any insights they gained.
  2. Summarize the importance of setting SMART goals in planning and achieving personal and professional objectives.
  3. Encourage participants to continue using the SMART goal-setting technique in their daily lives and to track their progress towards achieving their goals.