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Unless You Track Your Progress, Setting Goals Is a Waste of Effort

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Unless You Track Your Progress, Setting Goals Is a Waste of Effort
4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I've always carried a notebook with me at work and on business trips. I usually jot down notes from meetings or random thoughts I have on how to improve our company. Recently, I found some of my old notebooks and I started flipping through the pages.

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Goals should get measured

Goals should get measured

Two-thirds of senior managers can’t name their firms’ top priorities and more than 80% of small business owners don’t keep track of business goals.

So the problem is that while companies probably have some sort of goals, the progress towards those goals is not measured.

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Own your goals

Once you’ve written down a company or a team goal, two questions arise. Who is responsible for the goal (accountability), and how do you review the results (performance review)?

These goals are designed to try new things, experiment and break old habits. It’s reaching for the moon and landing among the stars.

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Tracking goals with meetings

Track your progress towards said goal week by week. This is called continuous performance review. 

Weekly status meetings are used in most companies. But you have to be careful with them as they can become pointless very easily if you haven’t set clear goals first.

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Having an impact every day

Christina Wodtke, author of “Radical Focus”, has said that success is not checking a box. It’s having an impact. 

Working towards your goals is something you need to do every day and every hour. Only then can you make an impact.

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