Setting Goals – Assignment Included

February 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I hope everyone has enjoyed quite a bit of time off school.  I also hope you have used at least a portion of this time off to work on your Science Olympiad events.

I hope everyone enjoyed Magsig and now has a better understanding of what the competition is all about.  Now we have to get ready for our next big event which is regionals on March 7th.

In order to make sure we are prepared for regionals it is necessary to set goals.  Experience has shown me thorugh life that without setting goals on anything (whether it be sports, school, or work) a team or project is doomed to either fail or have it excessive work performed.  Think about it in terms of a sprinter; it doesn’t matter how fast you run if you are running in the wrong direction you will not get to your destination in the shortest time.  In order to get to our end destination, it is necessary to set “milestones” which are essentially intermediate goals.

I will e-mail an Excel worksheet that has a sample building event with several intermediate steps.  Each step or activity has a person assigned to it, a completion %, and a start and end date.  To create your own goals, just delete all of the activities and fill in the event name and people in the event (in orange).  Then fill in the goals and other data on the left hand side (the green chart will complete itself).  Review the goals and determine if they are reasonable.  Is it reasonable to expect materials (particularly mail order items) to arrive in two days?  Probably not.  Also keep in mind that certain items (called predecessors) need to happen before others can.  For example, you can’t cut the wood until you’ve made a plan, purchased the wood, and measured it.

When you are done save the data and send it to me in an e-mail with your name on it.  You may also want to go through these with a parent.

If you have already completed several items put your current point as the first item with a start and finish date of 2/1/2009.

Also for those of you without Excel I will e-mail and acrobat pdf file with the example.  Use another spreadsheet tool or word processor to enter the important data (activities, person responsible, % complete, start date, and end date).

Everyone should complete a goal chart with at least 8 items for at least two of your knowledge events.  Also anyone in a building event should complete at least a 15 item plan.  Please e-mail these to me no later than this Sunday (2/8/09) at 5:00 PM.  These items should also be added to your Science Olympiad binder.

Creating these charts will only take about 15 minutes per event and will go a long way to our success as a team.

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