Doing your objectives the easy way

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I was working with a client recently who had made huge efforts to get his objectives right. He’d clearly spent hours working on them. I’ve seen this many times before.




Clients often send me through a massive document full of tables packed with objectives to the deepest level of detail imaginable.




As I go through I find masses of duplication, huge lists of tasks and all kinds of plans, all showing how much work has gone into the exercise so far.




But there is an easier way.




Use a mind map



If you haven’t come across mind maps before, here’s a picture of one.


Work out your objectives using a mind map

Work out your objectives using a mind map



It really is a much easier way to get your objectives right.




All you need to do is start dropping objectives into the relevant areas by adding new branches.




Why it’s so much easier to do your objectives with a mind map


•    You can see how all your objectives are connected.

•    It’s easy to see where you have duplication

•    You get an over-view of what you need to achieve

•    You can see how all the lower level objectives support the higher level ones

•    You can easily move objectives round and re-categorize them




This turns what can be a grindingly boring and mind-numbing task into something that most people find motivating (and even fun).




A very successful client



One of our most successful clients had a huge mind map on the wall opposite his desk. Right in the centre, on a level with his nose, was the company goal. Branching off it, in thick black pen, were the objectives that went up to make that goal happen.




He was very focused. How could he be anything else? He knew what needed to be done and what the priorities were.




And he achieved the all.




There is plenty of software out there to use, including Tony Buzan’s (the originator of Mind Maps). Some of the software is even free. Just have a go and see how much easier it is.




Good luck!

4 Responses to “Doing your objectives the easy way”

  1. May 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks, Nancy – that’s a great suggestion,

    • Nancy Slessenger
      May 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Jim, glad you found it useful, Nancy

  2. May 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    there’s always something new to learn from you every weekI’d like to try one of week. I’d like to try one of the free mind map softwares. Can you refer me to any?