I stopped making “New Year’s Resolutions” long ago, but I still take a look back between Christmas and New Year’s and take time to write down things I’d like to see happen in the coming year. Goals, objectives, strategies, tactics. What’s the difference? Goals are statements you make about your future. They represent your aspirations. Objectives are the exact steps you must take to reach your goals. They are typically measurable and quantifiable. They also are realistic and attainable and have an associated timeline. After you have defined your goals and objectives, you can get even more specific in your diabetes management by developing strategies and tactics. Strategies are more abstract than tactics, and tactics are the exact things you can do to achieve the objectives that will help you reach your goals.
- For example, you might have a goal to lower your A1C.
- To make this an objective, add a quantifiable amount and a time frame, such as lowering your A1C 0.5% by the next 6-month lab test.
- One strategy might be to keep your daily carb quota under 50 mg.
- A tactic could be to keep a daily food journal so you’ll know exactly what your daily carb intake is.
See our article, Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics, for more details on how to implement this. Download printable PDF at Setting Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics.
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