The goal and objective setting matrix
This article is part of a series from Good Practice, offered to ICAS members as part of the ICAS mentoring programme.
Organise your goals in a logical manner, using the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. method.
This matrix is ideal for organising your goals and objectives in a logical manner. By creating S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals you will be able to track your own progress and focus on the end result.
1. Start by specifying your goals/objectives. List them in the left column of the matrix that can be found in Supplementary Resources - at the foot of this page. Add additional rows to the table as necessary.
2. Fill in information for each goal/objective relating to:
- How progress will be measured. This will help you to revisit your goal/objective and ensure you are on track to achieve it.
- The resources you will require. This will ensure that you are fully prepared to achieve your goal/objective.
- Its relevance. Remember, your time is valuable so if the goal/objective is not relevant and important, you should focus on other goals.
- The time you have to achieve it. If you have deadlines for achieving your identified goals/objectives you can prioritise what you are doing.
3. Review your desired goals/objectives individually ensuring they are all S.M.A.R.T.E.R.:
- Time bound
Once your goal/objective setting matrix has been completed it can be used as a work plan to ensure that all goals are achieved.
The goal and objective setting matrix covers the following questions:
- What is your specific goal/objective?
- How will you measure progress?
- What resources do you require to achieve this goal/objective?
- How is the goal/objective relevant, with a clear purpose and benefit?
- Is there a deadline? If so, what time do you have to achieve the goal/objective?
- How does the goal/objective challenge you?
- What wil your reward be for achieving the goal/objective?
- Has the goal/objective been achieved?