Generally a goal is set by a person or group to achieve an objective, and a time frame of allocated effort is applied to achieve this desired outcome.
An ATOM goal is a small achievable goal, that is time-boxed with outcome-based objectives. These objectives are both meaningful to the goal's audience and you. ATOM goals are similar to atoms; where an atom is the smallest particle of a chemical element that can exist and an ATOM goal is the smallest goal you can meaningfully define.
ATOM is a mnemonic acronym, to be used as a guide in the setting of the micro goal's objectives.
The goals' objectives are set at the correct level, resulting in achievable outcomes.
The goals' objectives are bound to a realistic period of time.
The goals' objectives are based on specific, relevant, and measurable outcomes.
The goals' objectives have meaningful outcomes and a clear understanding of what is required to achieve these objectives.
The following questions can help in defining your ATOM goals.
Can the goal's objectives be achieved with the available resources and knowledge?
Can the goals' objectives be met within the proposed time frame?
Do the goal's objectives produce achievable, specific, relevant, and measurable outcomes?
Do the goal's objectives and outcomes add meaning and value to the goal's audience and you?