The Simplest Rule for Objectives and Goal Setting

Even before it comes to the issue of Objectives Management, setting the right objectives or goals is critical.

There is absolutely no point in having a great management system without having got the goals or objectives right in the first place.

For a long time, the standard in terms of goal or objectives setting has been SMART.

But as explained elsewhere, this is fine in theory but often doesn’t work out in practice.

For those who are detailed planners, maybe it works fine. But some people need a simpler approach to objectives setting. One of those approaches is the MAT approach which I have outlined here.

But more recently I got to thinking “What if that were still too detailed for some people? What is the absolute simplest formula that I could recommend which would be easy to apply without losing most of the intention of the SMART formula.

Well, here it is. Im going to reduce SMART to T.

The simplest approach I can think of is:

START THE OBJECTIVE OR GOAL WITH A CLEAR REFERENCE TO TIMEFRAME

Here’s the words that you need to keep in mind

By…..
At least….
Every…..
Within….

All time related.

I have no proof but I suspect that if we begin with a focus on time, then our brain automatically begins to think about the future and what (Specifically and Measurably) we want to achieve then.

So, the moral is “Start your objectives with a focus on time and after that, everything is a cup of T”.

Try it out and see what happens