This is going to be a quick post.
When setting your goals you need know to there are two types of indicators and what they are.
The first is the Lag Indicator: it will tell you how you have done. For instance if your goal is to lose weight, save money, or run faster; you begin by where you are and then set a goal of where you want to be. You then measure the results after the work is done.
The Second is Lead Indicator: it is what you are going to do. If you want to lose weight, save money, or run faster; you begin by looking at where you want to be, where you are and then plan on what you will do to get there. You measure the action taken and adjust to hit your goals.
How is this helpful?
If you are an artist it is easy to set goals to paint, but hard to set sales goals. You can use the Lead Indicator for not only productivity activities, but also activities that Lead to sales. Then you would use the lag to measure financial goals and the allocation of resources. The blessing of Lead Indicators is it lets you know what to do, the problem is you could get busy doing unimportant thing. The Lag Indicators are helpful because it gives you the real facts. The down side you don’t know where you are at until it is too late to make the difference. Use both when setting goals. They are not opposed to each other, but compliment and work together.
Lead Indicator for losing weight, go to the gym and burn a certain amount of calories. Decide on your meals ahead of time. Make sure you get a certain amount of sleep.
Lag Indicator for losing weight, measure body weight, body fat, and waist measurements on a set weekday, at the same time of day.
Evaluate your results adjust and keep after your goal.
Have a great day.