Specific: Detailed and clearly defines what you plan to do and how it will happen.
Measurable: Clearly defined criteria that will indicate evidence that you have accomplished your goal.
Attainable: Actionable items, slightly challenging, but realistic enough to be able to achieve.
Relevant: Results-focused on relevant, measurable outcomes, not activities.
Timely: Time-bound and linked to specific times to help produce a sense of urgency.
How long will it take?
Using SMART to plan time management:
Now you've got your baseline. Continue recording information for a few days/weeks (depending on the intensity of the task). Variation in times will help to create an overall estimate:
Using the formula below, plug in your estimates:
Always allow for a buffer, like an extra hour set aside at the end of the day. Unexpected things happen--a buffer can help lessen the impact of unexpected disruptions.
Adapted from University of Cambridge Wolfson College Academic Skills: Time Management
26 Time Management Tricks I Wish I'd Known at 20 (Duke University)
Time Management (Psychology Today)