The last letter in SMART goals is the T. Not only does this represent the need for a deadline, but it also encourages the writer to explore their plan for a defined amount of time.
In other words, each of your goals should have time-related parameters built-in. This gives you additional structure and allows you to stay on track – rather than have a new story written by Tuesday, you will be encouraged to write and edit each day.
IF your goal doesn’t have a deadline, there is no urgency and less motivation to achieve the goal.
When setting your goal, ask yourself the following:
1. Does my goal have a deadline?
2. By when do you want to achieve your goal?
Next time, we will summarize SMART goals before we move onto the next subject.