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Developing Helping Skills: A Step-by-Step Approach to Competency 3rd Edition

Developing Helping Skills: A Step-by-Step Approach to Competency (3rd Edition)

Book Edition3rd Edition
Author(s)Chang, Decker, Scott
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Write down at least three ways that you do ongoing evaluation on your progress toward goals. How is ongoing evaluation helpful to you?


Measuring the progress of some task is common, but unfortunately not everyone does it the right way, which can lead to some misjudgments. Reflect further on your progress reviews to make them a constant source of improvement.

Progress reviews can motivate you, help you identify when you're being sloppy, and indicate when to change course to reach your goals.

However, if you don't reflect on how you define progress, you can measure the wrong aspect or measure it wrongly. You can end up demoralized for no reason or fall behind on your project without knowing it or miss opportunities.

So if you're going to measure progress, do it right!

Importance of measuring the progress of objectives

You probably work too hard thinking that more work generates more progress. But is it really so? Have you ever measured your performance? Just being busy and stressed does not mean that we are accomplishing something. We need to monitor how far we are from our goals and if we are closing that gap.

First determine the type of goals you are pursuing. For example, outcome goals, like getting a scholarship, are something you work for and not something you just do. Process goals, on the other hand, are measurable actions that help you get closer to your results goal.

On a daily basis, measure the progress of your goals, monitor the overall movement towards an outcome goal.

For example, if you are working towards higher grades for a scholarship, your goal might be to get your assignments done on a daily basis. You may need to reflect on whether you have the correct objectives and if not, make your new objective modify the way you do your tasks and direct your work towards that.

Measure how far you've come

Another way to monitor progress is to analyze how far you are from where you started.

By measuring progress based on how far you've come, not how far you have to go, to realize you've made a lot of progress and can ensure that this continues as more and more points are added to the list .

Know the importance of the correct measurement of results in your activities.

Measure the distance to your targets

You can start measuring how far you are from your goal and focus on closing the gap.

Don't do this too soon! When you've passed the halfway point, start measuring your progress based on how quickly you're approaching your goal. Set new goals to push yourself those last few yards.

A good way to do this is to make a "checklist" of the things you will have to do to get to the end point. Once your plan is on paper, finishing your project will seem much more feasible as all the steps you need to take are right in front of you.

Remeasure continuously

Once you figure out the best way to measure progress, and the types of progress you need to monitor, choose how often you will. Sometimes measuring progress once a week is enough. However, in my experience, it is best to monitor progress every two to three days.

That way, if you suddenly realize that you are not where you should be, you only have to make up two or three days of work. If you were only checking once a week, it could take a full week before you notice.

What gets measured gets managed. And we love managing progress. On a daily basis, focus your measurements on your goals. With a little experimentation, you can find the magical balance that keeps you performing at your best.

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