How to define short-term goals?

Most popular goal-setting method: SMART goal setting
Each of your goals needs to be:
Specific - Is the purpose clear enough for it to be understood?
Measurable - Is it possible to quantify the goal? How do you know you've achieved it?
Achievable/attainable - Is the aim really reachable? Or is it such a far-fetched aim that it appears feasible on paper but is almost impossible to achieve?
Realistic - Have you written the goal in a realistic manner? Did you, for example, address all of the obstacles to achieving the goals and offer the appropriate resources?
Timely - Is there a deadline linked with the objective to guarantee that it is completed on time, and is now the optimum time to start working on it? 

1. Specific – try to answer the five "W" questions as best you can:
What am I hoping to achieve?
What is the importance of this goal?
Who is participating in this?
What is its location?
What resources or constraints are at play?
2. Measurable – should answer the questions:
How much?
How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?
3. Achievable/attainable - should answer the questions:
 What is the best way for me to achieve this goal?
Based on other constraints, such as financial limits, how realistic is the goal?
4. Realistic – if a goal is relevant, you’ll be able to answer ‘yes’ on these questions:
 Does this seem to be worth the effort?
Is this the right moment?
Is this in line with our other efforts/needs?
Is this the proper person for the job?
Is it relevant in today's socio-economic environment?
5. Timely/time-bound - should answer the questions:
What will I be able to do in six months?
What will I be able to do in six weeks?
What am I able to accomplish today?


To minimize misinterpretation, have clear goals that are as exact and precise as possible. If there are numerous ways to comprehend a task, someone will do it incorrectly.
Agree on the meanings of the goals rather than the specifics - you don't have to go into every last detail of each goal. All you have to do is agree on the significance of each of them.  
Goals must be measurable because if you can measure them wih numbers, you will know precisely where you are in the process and how much work remains. You will also know exactly how much work you have completed. It's critical to have metrics on hand.
When it comes to project planning targets, they might occasionally fail due to changing requirements and circumstances. It's good to specify how a team member should behave by discussing various circumstances that might interrupt the plan for achieving the goal. Discussing some if-then situations might be useful.
Set goals based on the strengths of your team members.
Give demanding or sophisticated tasks to skilled and motivated individuals, set appropriate goals for particular persons. 
Make goals that are relevant for each team member’s level of personal motivation, knowledge and expertise.
Set firm timelines for meeting your goals. If a task does not have a deadline, it is replaced by urgent tasks, and the likelihood that it will be completed lowers. As a result, whenever you create a goal, make sure to include a deadline. ( say "noon 5/11/2022" instead of "by tomorrow")