Have you heard of SMART objectives? It’s a process that George T. Doran created back in 1981. I first came across this framework back in my degree days and then again in my corporate career.
Do you already use this framework? If you do, I’m sure you would agree that this process has stood the test of time, and for good reason - it works
Let’s break down my version of this process!
Target a specific area for improvement and answer the questions in the graphic.
Have you heard of the famous saying by the king of Business Management Theory, Peter Drucker? “What gets measured, gets managed” It refers to the idea that when you quantify something (i.e. Put a number on it), and track it, you gain control of it. When you have control of it, you can change it. Make sure you put a number to your goal, this will keep you laser focused.
If a person is new to baking, the success rate of them baking a two-tier masterpiece with all the trimmings would be slim pickings. #bettycrockerismyhero Make your goals challenging, but realistic.
What’s the point of baking a cake? For example, is it because you want to improve your baking skills, so you commit to baking a cake for every birthday you attend in 2020? Whatever the reason, make sure your goal links back to your overall plan and it’s strategic.
5: TIME BOUND ⏰
Always have an overall deadline and then break that down into smaller tasks and deadlines, like monthly, weekly, daily.
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