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Goal Setting – SMART objectives

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Posted: 12th Jul 2015  |  Share this Article:

Following on from my last post on Individual Development Plans (IDP), I thought it might be helpful to discuss SMART goal setting. When applied this can help you become successful in your work which can help motivate you with your projects and in your personal life.

Defined as follows:

S. is specific, significant, stretching
M. is measurable, meaningful, motivational
A. is achievable, agreed, acceptable, action orientated
R. is realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding
T. is timely, time-based, tangible, tracking

Using the above criteria’s can help you focus on the core objectives, what, where and why it needs to be delivered and the timeframe you have for delivery.

How do we apply the above SMART goal settings to our roles as administrators supporting our teams/managers. I applied the SMART acronym when I was logistics lead for our conference last year for 200 delegates.  My remit was to organise and support the transfers, delegate and presenters management, meeting and syndicate rooms, dinner venues, award ceremony. I had to ensure that I remained focused on what I needed to achieve as this project was in addition to my core duties supporting my Executive and Vice President. From the beginning of the project I worked out my objectives which were the following within the budget constraints:

  • securing a venue that met the criteria, meeting space for 200 people including 10 syndicate rooms with accommodation for each delegate and presenters
  • venue that was accessible from the airports, train stations and by car
  • suitable venues close to the conference venue for dinner and awards ceremony
  • awards trophy design
  • delegate management, transfers, registration packs
  • presenter rehearsal schedule
  • conference agenda input

My key for success were allocating a set time each day dedicate to conference work, provide guidance early on to the 3rd parties to limit emails correspondence to one email per day detailing all outstanding questions or information, closer to the conference date daily check in calls, amended from weekly, fortnightly. Communication is key with your stakeholders, and the conference team members.

Our conference was extremely successful, my stress levels were intact and I managed both the conference and my daily work load, due to been prepared, organised and using my SMART objectives.

I hope the above is helpful.

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

Cornerstone42 founder

Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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