Times have changed, but some people still cling to their worn but time proven paper calendars (desk size or other size). Modern technology has helped us by giving us more tools, but too many tools can be really time consuming and sometimes we get caught up in the tools and not the end result. My question to the experts here on Clarity is how each of you track goal achievement and stay on track in this new age of technology? Michael T. Irvin NoHogWashMarketing.com "Get To The Top Without The Slop" michaelirvin.net
Hi Michael, Yes: there is a way to do this. That is the brunt of what I train business owners and professionals to do: the key is in brain science. There are a couple of points and then the basic practices:
a. The brain can only handle about four items per day of high priority
b. These items need to be outcome oriented: i.e. a number or observable event : not action oriented which is what most people do (if you don't the brain does a pattern mismatch and triggers a worry response)
c. Create four max. long term objectives: e.g. for the year
d. Ensure that daily there is some correlation between the daily outcomes and the long term objectives
e. Create a mission statement, and ensure the same correlation
Works very well: and I gave you the gist: however, this requires some practice and daily coaching: about 10 to 15 minutes a day for four days a week for between 3 to 6 months.
We have experimented with apps, but found that email is hands down the way to get this done daily.
The daily emails track the correlation, training in picking the best daily outcome, provides accountability etc. Then we train people in how to schedule into their calendars (electronic preferred with alarms set - so you don't worry about pacing - your smart phone does) using 21 Safe and Sane management tips: these are done in a way to increase flexibility : i.e. more blank space on the calendar to handle innovation time and breakdowns that inevitably occur.
I am oversimplifying, but it works and we have the data and 22 years of working with thousands of clients to demonstrate