How to Set Better Money Goals: An Explanation of S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Let’s discuss how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals! Here’s a brief video which includes Homer Simpson:

A Recap

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for:

  • S   –  Specific: you state the task you want to accomplish
  • M  –  Measurable: your progress can be tracked
  • A  –  Attainable: your goal can be realistically achieved with your resources and time
  • R  –  Relevant: your goal excites you and is worthwhile
  • T  –  Time-Oriented: you have a deadline for this goal

Instead of a goal stating, “I want to start saving more money,” an example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal reads like, “I will save $500 in my savings account in one month.”

  • S   –  Specific: you state that you want to save money
  • M  –  Measurable: you can measure if you have $500 in your savings account
  • A  –  Attainable: this goal isn’t too far out of reach like saving $10,000 in one month
  • R  –  Relevant: this goal is motivating you because of your desire to save money
  • T  –  Time-Oriented: you gave yourself a month deadline

If you care to practice making some of S.M.A.R.T. goals, download our free worksheet:

S.M.A.R.T. Values Planning

* For more context on the worksheet, check out the article: Align Your Money with Your Values

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About the AuthorDaniel C. Andrews

Dan Andrews is the Leader & CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ of Well-Rounded Success. Dan enjoys guiding and encouraging individuals through a variety of money subjects with a focus on behavioral finance. Dan’s vision is to impact communities by encouraging individuals to define their own paths, handle their responsibilities, and to give back while on their journeys.


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