Specific — what precisely do you hope to achieve from undertaking the research
Measurable — what measures will you use to determine whether you have achieved your objectives
Achievable — are the targets you have set for yourself achievable given all the possible constraints
Realistic — given all the other demands upon your time, will you have the time and energy to complete the research on time?
Timely — will you have time to accomplish all your objectives in the time frame you have set?