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Project Planning, Management, and Monitoring

Planning for ActionAction planning or strategic planning as it is often called, helps turn your vision into reality. A good action plan should be:

  • Complete – lists all steps or changes necessary
  • Clear – details are apparent on who will do what and by when.
  • Current – the plan reflects the current and emerging issues.

Utilize S.M.A.R.T. Goal Statements

Goals should be Specific. They have a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To get specific think about - who, what, when, where, why?

Goals should be Measurable. Set criteria to measure progress on the goals set. Ask questions such as, “How many?, How much?, or How will I know when my goal is accomplished?”.

Goals should be Attainable. Any goal can be attained if one works hard enough but consider the time frame and resources needed and available.

Goals should be Realistic. Goals must represent something that you are willing and able to work on.

Goals should be Timely, A goal should have a deadline for completion. Without a set time frame or deadline, there is no sense of urgency. Examples:

  • Poor goal statement – “To clean up the watershed.”
  • Good goal statement – “To reduce nutrient load by 15% by end of year 2020.”
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