Measuring Attainable Goals

One of the key challenges I have in using the S.M.A.R.T. method of setting goals is the nebulousness of “attainability”. It is something that puzzled me because it seems like something that should have a scale.  And searching for an attainability scale online doesn’t garner very good results. But, the top result was actually useful because it came from a career development department at a university for engineers. The scale was broader than I liked, but it served as an excellent starting point for creating my own attainability scale.

My Attainability Scale

Attainability needs to be defined. I have determined that attainability should be measured on a scale of 1 to 5.

1 – Trivial Goal – that requires no effort to obtain and can be done almost when thought of and entered into the taske manager. A “DO IT NOW” Goal that can often be part of a set of tasks when working toward a Typical Goal. Might be simply considered a task, but can be thought of a small goal when motivation and encouragement based on completion of steps is needed.Everything starts with trivial goals. These are the foundation for reaching Transformative Goals.
2 – Typical Goal – Requires use of Focused Time to achieve and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Can often be part of a set of tasks when working toward a Stepping Stone goal.
3 – Stepping Stone Goal – A goal that requires Focused Time, some planning, some scheduling, several actions, some tracking of progress. Can often be an overall goal to reach when working toward a Milestone Goal.
4 – Milestone Goal – A goal that requires significant planning, scheduling, actions and tracking of progress but can be achieved over a period of weeks or months. Can often be a goal toward a Transformative Goal.
5 – Transformative Goal – Requires significant planning, scheduling, actions, tracking of progress, regular review of the progress and the Milestone achievements

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