Published on 12.26.2018
Excellent. You have goals. OKRs can help you achieve those goals.
OKRs help you articulate your goals
The first step of using OKRs is to define your objective. Really audacious goals make fantastic objectives.
Once you’ve defined your objective, you have to articulate how you are going to achieve it. For this particular goal, think of 4-5 key results that best chart your path to accomplishing it. Key results should be specific and time bound. They should be measurable and verifiable. Most of all, they should be aggressive, yet realistic.
Now that you have a bold objective and trackable key results, you can get to work.
OKRs help you track and measure progress
Track your progress on a regular basis. Ideally weekly. Record how you are doing towards your key results.
OKRs help you reassess and stretch
At the end of each quarter, you can look at your key results and determine if you accomplished them or not.
If you have not, then this is an opportunity to ask yourself if the key results you chose need to be adjusted. Were the milestones too ambitious? With what you know now, how can you make your key results ambitious, yet realistic?
If you have, then you can celebrate, you have reached your objective. This an opportunity to stretch and commit to an even bolder objective with even more aggressive key results.
OKRs are a power goal setting tool used by teams to reach for their most audacious goals. Learn more about OKRs by reading Measure What Matters or exploring more stories and resources right here on WhatMatters.com.
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"OKR" stands for "objective and key result." OKRs are a goal-setting tool that helps figure out what you want your team to accomplish and how to do it.