An important step in addressing your home usability problems is to set a home usability goal. You will be prompted to set a home usability goal when working on your Home Usability Plan. Read more about setting SMART home usability goals below.
Specific Goal Statement (S):
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
- Who – Who is involved?
- What – What do I want to accomplish?
- Where – Identify a location
- When – Establish a time frame
- Which – Identify requirements and constraints
- Why – Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal
Measurable Goal Statement (M):
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
- When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as:
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable Goal Statement (A):
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to achieving your goals.
- You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps
- Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them
- When you list your goals you also build your self-image
- See yourself as worthy of these goals, and you will begin to develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them
Realistic Goal Statement (R):
Realistic – To be realistic a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
- Put the goal statement in your own words
- Use smart goals
- Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound
- For example: Within the next 2 months, I will get a grab bar installed in my shower.
- Forming a goal statement following the smart objectives will help you to create a plan for reaching your goal
High Goals vs. Low Goals:
- A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal isn’t very motivating.
- A goal that is too high, however, may seem impossible. People aren’t motivated when they think they cannot accomplish the goal.
- The right size goal seems difficult but possible to achieve. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were important.
Time & Tangible Goal Statement (T):
Time – A goal should be grounded within a time frame.
- With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency
- Example of a goal with a time frame: In the next three weeks I will install level handles on my bathroom sink.
Anchoring Goals in a Time frame:
- “Someday” won’t work. If you anchor your goal in a time frame, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
- Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
- Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
- Be prepared for set backs. Remember that when others are involved in a goal, particularly if that goal is complicated and/or requires outside funding, timelines may be delayed or extended.
T – Can also Stand for:
Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
- When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.