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What we don’t measure, we can’t manage/grow

From the earlier post we discussed about goal setting to getting, we will continue from there with setting goal timeline which include the following:

Short-term goals

Our short-term goals tells us what we should be doing this week, or this month to achieve our short-term objectives. In business this is important as this can influence issues such as orders received, production targets met, accounts produced and cash inflow maintenance that are required for the business to function on a day-to-day basis.

A picture of goals timelineMedium-term goals

By looking at medium-term we are released from the urgent day-to-day stuff and can begin to plan without having a worry about short-term issues. Medium-term goals are a stepping stone to the longer-term stuff with more time to think and plan.


Long-term goals

In long-term we need to have a vision of future: where we are going on the long journey ahead? Where do we see ourselves in 10, 15 or 20 years time?.



Financial Goals

  • Earn certain amount of money in a specified time
  • Get rid of debt
  • Set up an investment

Social Goals

  • Develop something significant
  • Charity
  • Religious
  • Environmental

Educational Goals

  • Earn credits towards a degree
  • Take adult education classes
  • Keep updating your skills

Health Goals

  • Join health club
  • Have annual checkup
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat nutritious food

Family Goals

  • Meet your relatives
  • Make new friends
  • Find people who can help you to reach your goal

Career Goals

  • Get a promotion
  • Reach certain professional level
  • Learn a new job skill
  • Complete project in time


Start with some dreams – The 5 ‘Ds’ factor


  • Think about what really fires you up, what motivates you?
  • What is it that gives you energy and a great sense of personal fulfillment?
  • What do you care deeply about?


  • What have you always wanted to do?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
  • Dream more dreams


  • What natural skills, abilities or talents do you have that could develop further?


  • Chat through the answers to some of these questions with friends
  • Are you being honest or completely unrealistic about yourself
  • Are there seeds of some possibilities that could become real?


  • It will help you greatly if you can set clear and positive goals
  • You can then breakdown these goals into more immediate aims
  • Think about what next steps would be in order to fulfill the goals and aims that you have set for yourself


In case you missed the first series of working smart click here.


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