Not So SMART

Alan Turing Memorial

Thinking about my aim of attaining the IM title has been in my thoughts for a while but perhaps I am not being very smart about it. I often enter tournaments because I enjoy them rather than thinking how will this help me achieve my goal. At work we often used the SMART process to set out plans with goals, milestones and other such stuff as how will we know where we are with it.

The SMART process is quite simple and is often a good process to think about:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measureable
  • A – Achievable
  • R – Realistic
  • T – Timeliness

There are plenty of websites explaining the SMART process but it is quite self explanatory. So, taking a look at this I can see that my own plan fails before it has started:

  • S – Clear aim to achieve the CC IM title from ICCF.
  • M – Yes, by qualifying for the title. However there are other titles along the way and perhaps it would be an idea to start with having those as markers for my plan.
  • A – Maybe but I do first need to get a chess rating of 2300.
  • R – Based on previous performance I would say my aim is not realistic, but perhaps I can make it so.
  • T – No time limit set.

So, with my tail firmly between my legs it is time to think about my goal a little more deeply, set myself some interim targets to make this measureable and be honest with myself. I need to work harder!

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