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Using Online Tools to Stay Focused on Your Goals

To do lists help you check off your daily activities, but what are you doing to make sure that you and your employees are moving toward your goals and not just putting out fires every day?

Last week, we gave you 5 tips for staying on track with the big picture, and this week we are going to talk about the first two tips – writing your goals down and making them visible. 

Put it in Writing

Using a goal planning template is a great way get your business goals and objectives clearly laid out in writing.  Prioritizing your goals is a key step.  Knowing which goals are the most important to your company’s success will allow you to focus your team on those initiatives and not waste time and resources on the ones that won’t move your forward.

Once you have written down your goals, you need to share them with your entire company.

Communicate

Letting your team know which goals are most important will remove the guesswork and allow your employees to be more productive, individually and as a whole.   If an employee is not aware of what another employee or team in the company is doing, work may be either duplicated or missed.  

Using a goal tracker can help your employees and management see exactly what is expected of them and how their work fits in to the overall success of the company. 

Online goal setting apps, like Thriveboards, makes it easy for your team to see their goals no matter where they are located.   The goal setting software is able to clearly show what needs to be done and in what order, allowing your employees to use their time constructively and when know they can move onto the next task without direction from you.

Your executive team can efficiently and effectively manage their projects and teams by being able to see their employees work progress online, eliminating confusion as to who is doing what, and providing real time coaching to make sure everyone is focused and staying on track.

 

 

5 Tips for Staying on Track with Goals

Mary Camacho

Most of us like to plan our goals – but when it comes down to the execution and the staying power – we often falter.  So what can we do to overcome our natural tendencies to work on what is most urgent and ignore the sometimes more strategic and important work that we know we must do?

Here are our 5 tips… 

  1. Write Your Goals Down

    As simple as it sounds – this is a key step.  We’re human – we forget things.  Even the most important things.  And worse than that – we get distracted by other things which only makes us forget that we even had the goal in the first place.  Always write your goals down.  And better yet – write them into a place that will keep them always available to you. 
     
  2. Make Your Goals Visible

    Be sure to place your goals somewhere that you can see them.  Even if you are not consciously reviewing them (that comes next) you should be able to reference back at a glance just to be sure you current task or action is related to your big picture.  You don’t need to obsess about it – but it’s a good practice to ask yourself: “Is this what I really should be doing?”
     
  3. Reassess Your Goals every 2 Weeks to 1 Month

    Be realistic.  In the dynamic world that we live in, things change.  Sure we can all agree that goals – as opposed to tactics or tasks should be higher level and less fluctuating.  But in real life – we don’t always write them that way – and sometimes they just need to be updated to stay relevant.  You are getting smarter about what you do everyday.  Use that knowledge and tune your goals as you go.
     
  4. Go Through the Motions

    Ok – now this one sounds weird.  You thought this article was all about being real – and now we give a tip that essentially tells you to fake it.  Well you know the old adage, ‘Fake it until you make it’.  That is part of keeping on track.  Even when you think it will not be useful to review your goals or check in with another person about them, it is.  That is probably the most important time.  You will be surprised how going through the motions of setting, reassessing and scoring your goals will remind you what really matters.  It just works. 
     
  5. Allow for Failure & Re-Inspire

    You won't always achieve your goals and that is a good thing.  If you did – it would probably mean that you were not stretching far enough when you set them.  Some goals will, by their nature, be stretch goals.  If you don’t achieve in one or more areas – don’t give up.  Remind yourself why that goal and all of the others are important in the first place.  Connect back to what really matters.  Reset & Re-Inspire.


Thriveboards can help you set, manage and score your goals.  It lets you connect your tasks to your goals and gives you a way to print them and change them as you go.  YOU + THIVEBOARDS = SUCCESS. 

 

 

How to Think about Prioritizing Goals

Mary Camacho

Whether you are working to prioritize personal, team or company goals, there are a few key considerations that will always be helpful.

Value

  1. Is the goal aligned with your intent – what direct impact to revenue or your primary mission does the goal have?
  2. Is the goal fundamental to your role, your brand, or your overall expected performance?
  3. Is the goal a basic need or is it more related to performance?  Priority should always be given to a basic need.

Strategic Fit / Alignment

  1. Is the goal aligned with other goals – does it keep you focused in a particular direction?
  2. Is the goal doable by you or your team – are you organized to perform or have the resources to achieve it?

Risk Assessment

  1. Is the goal affordable – do you have the budget and is it likely to go over budget?
  2. Is the goal doable on the timeline – how likely is it to take longer – and if it does, is it still worthwhile?
  3. Is the goal overly complex – will the technical complications derail the intention?


Once you have reviewed your goals with these questions in mind – you are better prepared to prioritize your goals.    

Inside of Thriveboards, you can prioritize goals by giving them weights.  Remember this is a two-part activity.  Because goals are first organized into categories, you can weight the categories and then look at the goals within each category to give them weight or priority.  When you do this – they will be reorganized to show your most important ones at the top of each category.

While it may be tempting to evenly weight or prioritize your goals, it doesn’t really work.  You cannot have 10 number 1 goals.  When push comes to shove, you will always let one thing go to focus on another.  Take the time while planning to determine which ones are truly most critical to you or your business so that you can communicate clearly and cleanly to your team.  Success comes when everyone is on the same page and organized to accomplish the most important objectives. 

 

 

Goals vs. Tasks: Understanding the Difference for Your Business

Effective management is the foundation of every successful business. And, goal setting is probably the most vital component of an effective management strategy.  However, drawing and setting effective business goals is not as simple as it sounds.

Understanding the difference between goals and tasks is important when it comes to developing and executing an effective plan.  There is a clear difference between these concepts, although they are often confused for one another. Handling goals and tasks the same way can get you into trouble.

To understand the concepts better, let’s revisit their definitions. A goal is basically the result that is desired.  It is the vision or achievement that you are trying to attain.   A task, on the other hand, is a function to be performed.  It is not generic, but specific in action. 

For example, your company’s CEO states that he wants the financial report of the company to be in the top performers by the end of the year.  Now, this statement would be a goal because it is a result, not an action.  

To make an achievable goal out of the above statement, you need to define some specific, time-bound actions or tasks. For example, a task with respect to this goal could be: “The health division should contact 5 new clients a week regarding new products.” Or, “the marketing department should send out 12,000 new product brochures per month.”

So, you can see a clear difference between the two statements.  The tasks are the steps to get you to the goal.  And, a goal usually consists of more than one task.

Why is this important?

It is important because without the ability to understand the goal, your team may be working on tasks that are unrelated or unnecessary.  Their to-do lists may be keeping them busy, but not forwarding the company. 

By clearly defining a goal and the steps needed to reach it, everyone can put their efforts in the right direction.  When an individual employee or a team understands the purpose behind their actions, and can see how the results of their actions help move the company toward its goals, they become more engaged and motivated.  

 

 

Welcome to the Thriveboards Blog

Mary Camacho

You know you need to focus your team on the right initiatives for your business. You want to inspire collaboration and accountability from your team. You hope to create a culture where your people are fulfilled, engaged and producing better results. You know what you need to do, but how?  You need a tool that helps sustain the positive momentum your company has achieved and allows you to build success with intention and control.  Thriveboards is a goal setting tool that keeps people and teams aligned with what is most important and helps your people continue to produce results over the long term. It is a system that provides metrics for tracking and measuring the tangible and intangible factors that have an impact on your bottom line.

We are excited to launch our blog, providing you with valuable resources and information on goal setting and management, motivation and productivity, intagible business factors, including culture, expectations, experience and improvement and general business, industry and product tips and information.