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Personal OKRs, Three Years Later

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Personal OKRs, Three Years Later
Don't know anything about OKRs? Read The Art of the OKR first, and/or Personal OKRs I teach at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education (you can take the Creative Founder class this January) I've spoken around the world, from Tel Aviv to Grand Rapids Michigan to Buenos Aires, and given workshops publicly and privately (you should hire me).

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Personal & Individual OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

Personal OKRs are for your personal life, individual OKRs are for performance tracking at work.

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Why Use Personal OKRs?

Why Use Personal OKRs?
We all want things from life, but life wants things from us too.
  • How do you accomplish the things that are important to you, but aren’t urgent? 
  • How do you move forward when life is screaming at you to focus on now?

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From Goal setting to Goal achieving.

  • First, Close Out the Last Quarter with Learning. Take the last week of the quarter to grade last quarter’s OKR set. Reflection is the key to accelerated learning.
  • Will you Explore or Exploit Next Quarter?How much time should you spend exploring new possibilities, and how much exploiting ones you have proven work?
  • Focus on Won’t Get Done. OKRs for things you’re worried you’re NOT going to do, not for tracking things you will.

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Living Your OKRs

Start with an objective:

  • Pick vague areas to measure, to make sure the KRs provide a balanced way to look at your life.
  • Add a metric. Learn to find the right metrics and measure them regularly.
  • Focus On What Won’t Get Done and decide what is valuable, and what is less valuable.
  • Find Someone to Keep You On Track It can be hard to build the habit of checking in on your OKRs each week.

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Personal Objective Key Results - OKR

Personal Objective Key Results - OKR

OKRs take big lofty goals, segment them into objectives, and then tie each of those objectives to actionable Key Results.

The Objective is the point on the...

Setting your personal OKR

  • Decide on your mission for your quarter.
  • Break mission down into objectives. 
  • Draft your Key Results. Key Results are specific, timely and measurable indicators of your progress.
  • Consider the purpose of each KR.
  • Find an accountability partner
  • Check in every 2–4 weeks with your partner. 

Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

The Objective is qualitative, and the KR’s (most often three) are quantitative.

They are used to focus a group or individual around a bold goal. The objective sets a goal for a set per...

Objectives

Your objective defined in a single sentence should be:

  • Qualitative and inspirational. The objective is designed to get people jumping out of bed in the morning with excitement.
  • Time-bound. You want it to be a clear sprint toward a goal, doable in a month or a quarter.
  • Actionable by the team independently. Your Objective has to be truly yours, and you can’t have the excuse of “marketing didn’t market it.”

Key Results

Key results take all that inspirational language and quantifies it.

You create them by asking a simple question “how would we know if we met our objective?”

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The Productivity Systems Flaw

Many productivity books provide various systems to organize your life but fail to take into account people who are not focused or motivated in the first place.

OKR (Objectives and Key Results)

The OKR (Objectives and Key Results) method helps you decide on and stick to a practical goal and then define what it would look like to have that goal completed.

For example, if you want to read a book a week, the Key Result would be reading 52 books a year, and the Objective can be to be a better writer.

Defining OKRs

A meaningful goal-setting (Objective + Key Result) can be figured out by asking: 

What you want your life to be like (Objective) and what would you do if your life became like that (Key Result).