Your Key Results have to be SMART
We know that we are more likely to do something if it is set as a goal. So when we are creating our OKR we can use the SMART method to make sure what we set out to do is not impossible!
When creating and setting goals a way to go about is to use the SMART method. To use this method we need to unfolding the acronym and take our Key Result and go through each letter:
Your Key Result has to be specific. That means straight to the point. Be concise. A specific Key Result cannot be misunderstood.
Making your Key Result measurable means to change it, if you have to, into a result that you can put a number on.
- Read a lot is not measurable, but read 100 pages is.
A Key Result should be doable. I guess one could argue that even moon-shots are achievable, but the moon-shot should be placed as an objective. The Key Results are the smaller, achievable, steps on how to get there. Be realistic!
Your key Result should be relevant. Of course, when we set goals, they should align with the overall objective.
All your Key Results should be Time-based or in other words have a clear deadline for which it should be finished. Set a timeline that is forcing you to work on your goal and is realistic!