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Why ‘T’ = Time-bound

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The SMART acronym has been around for over 30 years, but there’s little agreement on what it actually stands for.

Based on my studies of over 400 published works that reference the SMART acronym, my application of the SMART framework for more than 15 years, and my discussions with leading goals practitioners, I am proposing a standard definition of SMART:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Aggressively Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Time-bound

No single aspect of that definition is hugely debatable. It’s the combination that’s up for grabs. It seems like everyone wants to change ‘just one variable’ in the equation.

Sorry, but I think this is the best definition.

Each day this week, I will review other words that have been used in the SMART acronym and briefly explain why I think they are not the best choice.

Today, we’ll review 34 definitions that have been used with the letter ‘T’.

  • Tactically sound: This is covered under ‘Relevance’.
  • Tangible: This is covered under ‘Measurable’.
  • Targeted: This is covered under ‘Specific’.
  • Teambuilding: I like the idea of this where it’s applicable, but not every goal is about teamwork, is it? I would include it under ‘Relevant’.
  • Testable: This is covered under ‘Measurable’.
  • Time: Using ‘time’ would mean placing a noun among adjectives. It doesn’t make sense.
  • Time-anchored: Now we get to the ‘Time’ series. These are all basically synonyms for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-based: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-bounded: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-centric: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-constrained: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-constricted: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time definite: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-driven: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-framed: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-focused: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-limited: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-oriented: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-phased: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-related: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-sensitive: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-specific: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-stamped: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time-tied: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time limit: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Time targeted: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Timed: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Timeliness: Another noun where there should be an adjective.
  • Timely: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’. Still a synonym for ‘Timebound’.
  • Timeline: Another noun where there should be an adjective. Still a synonym for ‘Timebound’.
  • Timescaled: Synonym for ‘Time-bound’.
  • Timetable: Another noun where there should be an adjective. Still a synonym for ‘Timebound’.
  • Toward what you want: Covered by ‘Relevant’.
  • Traceable: Covered by ‘Measurable’.
  • Trackable: Covered by ‘Measurable’.

Well, that’s it.
I think it’s clear that ‘Specific’ is the best definition for the ‘S’ in SMART.

Feel free to post below if you disagree.

 

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