How to Measure the Rate of Progress

by Melvin Richardson - Updated September 26, 2017
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If you want to measure your rate of progress, first you must decide what you want to accomplish. There have to be some quantifiable categories that can be evaluated, monitored and measured. Progress is measured by your level of achievement with regard to a certain endeavor. There are a number of things that can block or hinder your progress. If you want continued progress, you must overcome the obstacles in your path.

Determine what categories you will use to measure your progress. For example, individuals can measure their spiritual, physical, social, career and family progress. A business can measure its progress in the areas of sales, productivity, customer service and costs.

Find out where you stand in each area you would like to measure. To measure your rate of progress, you need know where you started so you can determine how far you have come. For example, if your goal is to make 10 sales a day, you need to know how many sales you are currently making.

Determine some strategies that could help you achieve your goals. For example, you could take a sales class or get some tips from the top sales person. Role playing is another strategy. When you work these strategies into your daily activities, you will be able to see if they help you make progress.

Set a deadline for meeting your goal, and check how you are doing along the way. For example, if your goal is to make 10 sales per day within the next 60 days, see how you are doing after 30 days.

Find out how to measure progress in subjective categories. Sometimes progress cannot be measured in quantifiable terms because the categories don’t have any measurable elements. For example, if you want to improve your speaking ability, you might have to measure your progress by asking for honest and objective feedback from your peers, supervisors or a close friend. You also might measure your own progress based on how confident and relaxed you feel giving a speech.

About the Author

Melvin J. Richardson has been a freelance writer for two years with Associated Content, and writes about topics such as banking, credit and collections, goal setting, financial services, management, health and fitness. Richardson has worked for several banks and financial institutions and gained invaluable experience and knowledge. Richardson holds a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management from Ashland University in Ashland Ohio.

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