I am describing certain self-organization technique, which has the concept of goals (duh). These goals must manifest themselves in certain quantities (e.g. 'go outside for 30 minutes', 'read 10 pages' etc), never as simply done/not done items (e.g. 'take out the trash' would not be an acceptable goal).

Can I say, "the goals must be measurable"? Does measurability imply there is a number, or yes/no questions can still be considered measurable? Is there a better single word describing this constraint? (I thought of countable, but it just doesn't sound right).

  • Yes, you can! e.g. Your goals must be measurable, with identifiable steps that give you the ability to see your progress step by step.
    – Eilia
    Aug 20, 2015 at 5:16

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You're possibly after "quantifiable".

You can google an incredible number of examples, particularly in the business-jargon sense.

Really I think "measurable" is fine, also. (I can't see how you could measure a quantifiable difference between such word choices.)

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    Indeed, the difference seems moot. A common buzz in management speak is SMART goals, where the M stands for, yes, measurable.
    – oerkelens
    Aug 19, 2015 at 21:50
  • outstanding observation!
    – Fattie
    Aug 19, 2015 at 21:55
  • Nice suggestion, although it sounds a tad too businessy. I'd like to keep my copy friendly, so if "measurable" is fine, I'll probably go with that. Especially since there is already a "measure progress in _____" prompt in my app.
    – Actine
    Aug 19, 2015 at 22:25
  • I agree with quantifiable being a good option, if it is not the best but I'd suggest that you revise your opinion on "measurable" being fine too. The two may often be but are not always synonymous. Measurable most literally means able to be measured and this ignores comparative forms of measure like when you hold your fingers close together and say "this small", "as tall as a tree" as far as the eye can see, a hair's breadth apart, at arm's length, et cetera. In fact, I believe the true base unit of any measurement system is usually a unit of comparison. An inch is three barley corns long
    – Tonepoet
    Aug 19, 2015 at 22:36
  • Quantifiable -- great. Measurable -- not as precise. Think of 0-1 variables, such as trash taken out: yes/no. Aug 21, 2015 at 3:44

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