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Plan your development

SMART Objectives
Key “W” questions are invaluable to helping create a plan for future development.


  • What do you want/need to learn? - Identify your goal.
  • What is your objective?

The SMART guidelines are very useful to framing your goal or objective.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable/ Actionable
  • Relevant/ Realistic
  • Time Framed

For some great tips on SMART objectives refer to page 3 of this pdf Step 3 - A SMART Action Plan. [1]


  • How to you intend to achieve the learning?
  • What will your actions be?
  • What time settings will you put around those actions?
  • When do you aim to have achieved your goal?


  • What do you need to enable you to learn?
  • What are your resources?
  • Where will you find them?
  • Who can support and encourage your learning?
  • How will you make the most of that support?
  • What are the barriers (if any) to your learning?
  • How you will avoid or overcome those barriers?


  • How will you know you have learned what you wanted/needed to learn?
  • What can you show as an output of that learning?
  • What will demonstrate that you have achieved your goal?

After considering these four areas a plan can then be recorded in whatever format works best for you. Below is an example of a useful table.

Learning Plan


  1. WorldWork Ltd. (2012). Step 3 - A SMART Action Plan. Personal Development Plan. Retrieved from p.3.