Mind Mapping and SMART Goals
I absolutely love mind mapping tools when it comes to implementing SMART goals. The reason? Because you can implement SMART goals into any methodology, often mini or sub-tasks must be identified, discussed, and planned for and mind maps offer a visual of how your planning process, project duration, tasks and end results will be achieved.
Author and talk show host Larry Elder said of goals, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Albert Einstein once said, “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” SMART goals can help you achieve wanted project outcomes in a swift, organized fashion.
Project managers that wish to use SMART goals in their processes, phases or to reach goals are only successful if each stage is clearly defined in order for goals not to be wishes, but realities. Implementing SMART goals successfully, often means you are indeed playing the game better than anyone else because you took the time to define the project to reach an attainable goal—ultimately, you win by being “smart.”
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