Specific: create clear goals that you can focus your efforts toward.
Example questions: "Why is this important? What's being accomplished? Who is involved? Resources needed?" Basically, answering who/what/when/where/why is the first step.
Real-life example: "I want Upsway Marketing to be a significant provider for marketing news and consultation."
Measurable: establish ways to track progress.
Example questions: "How much/many? How will I see my progress?"
Real-life example: "I'm working to have at least 2,500 unique visitors to the website by the end of the month. I will use the website analytics to track progress."
Achievable: assess the goal for its attainability.
Example questions: "Do I have constraints? Is this goal realistic?"
Real-life example: "I believe I have the time and resources to gain a larger website following."
Relevant: ensure your goals align with the goals of your business/self.
Example questions: "Is this worth my time/resources? Is this the right time/place? Am I the right person?
Real-life example: "I've audited Upsway Marketing's competitors and believe I can offer differentiated and valuable services."
Timely: create a timeline for achieving your goal(s).
Example questions: "What can I do today/in a month/in a year from now?"
Real-life example: "By the end of each week I would like Upsway Marketing to see an increase of 15% traffic to the website."