January 28, 2013
Don’t just make goals, achieve them. This worksheet will help you develop your goals into an action plan.
The Goal. Describe the goal:
S-M-A-R-T Test: What is the SMART method?
Reason. Why do you want to achieve this particular goal?
Power. What kind of power do you need to achieve your goal? What power do you currently lack? Develop a plan to improve your power to get it done.
Assumptions. Things you believe about your situation, your plan, or your goal that you don’t currently know for sure are true. (Example. My boss knows how hard I worked on the Glockenspiel deal. Are you sure? What makes you think so? Could the boss have noticed only some of your work?)
Constraints. Things you can’t do. Make sure you really “can’t do” them. Is there another way to get the same desired result?
List Action Steps/Develop Work Breakdown Structure. What do you have to do to accomplish the goal? If it’s a complex goal involving several departments, a simple list of action steps may not be enough to capture what needs to be done. Use a WBS instead.
Develop Time Line and Budget. Use a calendar or Gantt chart to schedule the action steps. Identify the resources you have available and decide how best to use them.
Scott Adams on Goals vs Systems
Prepare Risk Plan. What are the key risks? How could you eliminate them in advance? How will you respond to them?
Verify Progress. Are you accomplishing what you set out to accomplish? What milestones or signposts show your progress most clearly?
Celebrate Success. Reward yourself and the people who helped you succeed. Even if it’s an interim goal, celebrating your success today helps you move forward to another success tomorrow.