Late January already. How did that happen? Are you already deep in the rat race of trying to keep your inbox under control? Wasting your time in boring and unimportant meetings? You are not to blame, this seems to be the default working mode we are getting pushed into. As my reader, you know that I am myself in the process of trying to focus on the important things to advance the science and engineering I am passionate about - while being less "busy" and more happy!
One tool that I have started to apply to my work is a not quite new approach to defining and implementing strategy (pioneered by Kaplan, Norton, and colleagues, the internet is full with information). Today, I am highlighting one element, the so-called Balanced Scorecard. This is a strategy implementation tool that (and I am oversimplifying here) measures both financial and non-financial goals. The key idea is simple. There are several perspectives you can take when you design your strategy, one typical approach includes the following four (with my own thoughts about how this may translate to the academic world):
My hope is that this approach will let me spend my time wisely and make me ultimately happier since I get visualized how my work is moving me towards accomplishing my goals. How about you? Do you have quantifiable goals for this year? What is your experience. please share with us the comment section below.