Goals and Objectives

I have recently been looking back over a number of management textbooks designed to help technical leaders and project planners cope with the usual chaotic mix of ongoing work vs sudden, fallen out of the sky – has to be done now – type projects.

Proactive AND Reactive work.

Not an easy balance.


Taking together all of the excellent words of wisdom in several major management textbooks – all of these authors are basically saying the same thing about Project Planning – whether it is building a house or a weight loss diet. Change Management. Project Programmes. Same thing.


Decisions and Goals


1.  decide what you want – specifically

2.  work out what price you have to pay to get what you want

3.  decide whether you are willing to pay the price or not

4.  commit yourself to pay that price and make it happen.


Another way of saying the same thing is [ David Taylor, the Naked Leader]:

1.  know what you want to do/ where you want to go

2.  know where you are now

3.  know what you have to do, to get where you want to go

4.  do it.


That’s it.


* You must define EXACTLY what you want to achieve – where you want to be. Not just, I want to lose some weight, but I want to lose one pound every week for the next 12 weeks. OR. I want to be accepted by a literary agent by end 2009. Which agent? Which genre or subgenre? US? UK? Do you have a list?

* Look at where you are now. Clearly, if you have never written more than a note for the milk man, than Random House might be a stretch by 2009. On the other hand, if you already have a book which needs polishing? Goals need to be measured in some way. Do you have bathroom scales?

*Then you work out what you have to do to make that happen, and break it down into a plan. WIth dates. This is the hard part, where your ‘Dream’ seems to move further and further away from you. Some people hate seeing a plan with target dates- it Demotivates them. Others thrive on it. What works for you.

And yes, the ‘PRICE’ you have to pay to achieve that goal can be serious, long term and expensive. Medical Degrees do not come cheap. Neither does training to be an astronaut. Do you have the resources to make this goal happen? If not, how do you get them?

Or it can be sitting down at the kitchen table with a stub of a crayon and the back of junk mail envelopes every day instead of watching Television or Sports, and staying there until you have written 1000 words you are happy with. Most genre novels are 80 to 90, 000 words. 1000 words a day [ 4 pages]- work it out. You could have a first draft written in 3 months. 

And sometimes you decide you do NOT want to pay that price. And that is okay too, because you did not want it enough compared to something you DID want.

One thing I have learned from all of this project planning in business and home?

Things change. Circumstances shift like the sand you are walking on. The place you were at the start of the project is not the place you are now. This HAS to be a LIVING Plan.

And then again, nobody said that this was going to be easy.

Let’s start with clearing that office space. Always a great form of procrastination…. LOL.

Upwards and onwards, upwards and onwards.