What are SMART Goals?

Personal Finance April 11, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Most of us need a plan to achieve our wishes. A legal or financial plan of action starts with goals. Goal setting will help you plan, implement, and measure the progress of your activities. If you set SMART goals you’ll have a plan to achieve the legal or financial actions that are important to you and your family. SMART goals have several important criteria.


Start your goal list on the SMART Goal Setting Worksheet (available in rtf format). Remember to be specific and measurable, with a planned timeline for accomplishment. Be realistic in setting goals that you can actually attain.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.