Most understand the need to follow up and monitor progress on a theoretical level. Yet there are few guidelines to how frequently you should do that. Let me suggest that varies by the nature of what you’re monitoring, ranging from daily or even more frequently for tasks to annually for strategic plans.

Ben Harkin discussed the value of monitoring and reporting in the Psychological Journal. His headline is Frequently Monitoring Progress Toward Goals Increases Chance of Success – especially if you make the results public. While he was more focused on personal habits and goals, the findings are applicable to organizational behavior as well.

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