Analyzing Your Actions

Photo credit: Olu Eletu
Photo credit: Olu Eletu

You already set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based ) goals, planned your activity, and initiated your action. It is now time to measure what you earlier said was measurable. For example, if your goal was to purchase the right amount of food for a week,did you meet your goal or did you purchase the wrong quantity?

Regardless of whether or not you think you purchased the ideal quantity of food, it is time to analyze what could have been better? Did you prepare a shopping list? Did you know how much of each item you need to purchase? Did you have transportation to the grocery store or farmer’s market? Did you know how to get there? Did you have a calendar? Did you schedule time to achieve your goal?

Analyzing could be a very simple process such as an approximation, it could be a very elaborate technical solution, or it could be anywhere between the two extremes. The goal of analysis is to determine what actions could have been performed differently to achieve a better outcome. Analysis may be helpful if corrective action is necessary.

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