On Monday mornings at Casual Corp, each team member sets three high-level objectives to complete by the end of the week. Each team member’s goals fit into the company’s weekly, monthly and quarterly goals.
If you don’t fail to accomplish at least one of them, it means they weren’t ambitious enough. I love that philosophy. By setting the objectives just higher than what’s likely to be accomplished, but not so high that they’re unreachable, I find myself working extremely hard to make them happen.
I think one week is also a perfect amount of time. Over one month, it’s easy to lose focus. Over one day, the goal probably isn’t significant enough. One week seems to be a great balance. Thought I think having daily and longer-term goals is important too.
On Friday, each team members reports and their progress towards each objective to the rest of the team with quantifiable or presentable results.
I’m starting to add weekly objectives to my goals outside of work as well. To quote Vinod Khosla, “anything important is worth measuring.”
I’ve found this plan extremely helpful in keeping me motivated and keeping the team focused on doing what’s most important. It turns every week into a sprint. It turns every day into a sprint.