Tips for Effective Goal Writing

When you are creating a person-centred plan, use the SMART system of goal setting.

Note: Goals are dynamic; they evolve and change as individuals go through their lives.

Print out the goal setting tip sheet. Now complete the goal setting activity.

Example #1

Jane’s needs and wants

Jane wants to learn how to do basic household management routines so she can live in her own apartment and be able to complete simple tasks.

Jane’s goal

Jane will be able to complete basic household tasks with supervision and support by November 25. The basic tasks she will be able to complete include cooking simple meals, washing and folding laundry, making her bed, cleaning and dusting, and cleaning the kitchen.

SMART Review

Specific: cook meals, do laundry, make the bed, clean and dust, clean the kitchen

Measureable: easy to see if Jane does these tasks

Achievable: Supervision and support will help Jane achieve these goals.

Relevant: Tasks relate to Jane’s desire to live in her own apartment.

Timely: November 25

Example #2

Bob’s needs and wants

Bob wants to learn how to shop for his own groceries because he wants to eventually live independently.

Bob’s goal

Bob will be able to make a shopping list, walk to the grocery store on his own, and pay for the food with cash or debit.

SMART Review

Specific: make a shopping list, walk to the grocery store, complete the proper financial transactions

Measureable: Bob will come home with the proper food from his shopping list with the correct change or debit receipt.

Achievable: Supervision and support will help Bob achieve these goals.

Relevant: For Bob to achieve independence, he needs to be able to shop for groceries on his own.

Timely: June 16