Setting Work and Professional-Development Goals
- Goals must align with and support University and/or department goals.
- To have the greatest impact, limit the number of goals for the coming year.
- Goals should be SMART:
- Time specific
- Establish a clear action plan to achieve each goal:
- Action plans should include specific expected results and a target date for completion.
Examples of SMART Goals
|Not-So-SMART Goals||SMART Goals|
|Improve the effectiveness of my written communication||Read On Writing Well by William Zinsler by January 2012.|
|Receive progressively fewer manager edits and rewrites to my memos; track progress and review samples with my manager every 6 weeks.|
|Learn Excel||Find an Excel class and attend. Begin using skills learned in setting up Excel spreadsheets, and follow up with others who have more Excel experience.|
Methods of Learning and Development