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I’ve had a love/hate relationship with goal setting

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Maybe you can relate?

Perhaps you’ve set a goal, worked hard to achieve it and felt that brief sugar hit of accomplishment. But then you have fallen into a motivation slump immediately after.

Or maybe you set a goal that was a bit too lofty, and once the going got tough, you abandoned it. Along with all the progress you’d made up until that point.

I’ve experienced all of the above.

There’s a growing anti-goals trend, with experts on motivation like James Clear suggesting that we focus on systems over goals. Some business leaders, like Basecamp CEO Jason Fried, avoid setting goals altogether.

I believe that goals still play an important part in the impact that individuals and organisations achieve. They help with direction and prioritising, and allow you to easily assess progress.

The approach that has worked for me, is to marry goals and systems together. And in my experience, the best framework for that is objectives and key results (OKRs).

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