4 OKR routines you can do on your phone

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You're a busy person. You're always on the go. While a lot of work is done at your computer, more and more of your work comes with you. While you're on your commute, walking to your next meeting, or picking up your kid from school. Every minute counts, and it's essential to access your work from mobile to be efficient in the modern world.

Setting and achieving goals is critical in today's remote-first and dynamic work environments. Setting clear expectations for yourself, your team, and your company helps maintain a sense of urgency and keeps everyone aligned. OKRs comprise setting clear SMART goals - the 'what' you want to achieve - and key results - the 'how' you'll measure progress. This framework, popularized by companies like Google, has proven effective in increasing productivity and ensuring that teams stay aligned with the organization's strategic priorities.

Importance of Maintaining OKR Routines for Productivity

Adopting OKRs isn't solely about setting goals; it's about creating a continuous improvement and accountability culture. The significance of maintaining OKR routines lies in their ability to keep individuals and teams focused, motivated, and on the path to success. Here are some key reasons why OKR routines are essential for productivity:

  1. Alignment: OKRs provide a clear line of sight from individual goals to the broader organizational objectives. When everyone is aligned, there's a shared sense of purpose and direction, reducing the likelihood of wasted efforts or conflicting priorities.
  2. Accountability: Regular check-ins and reviews help individuals and teams take ownership of their objectives. When you're accountable for specific key results, you're more likely to proactively work towards achieving them.
  3. Adaptability: OKRs allow for flexibility in responding to changing circumstances. Regular check-ins enable you to adjust your approach, ensuring you always work towards the most relevant and impactful goals.
  4. Motivation: Tracking progress and celebrating successes can boost motivation and morale. The sense of accomplishment achieved through completing key results fuels a sense of purpose and drive to excel further.

The Challenge of Staying on Track While on the Go

As our lives become increasingly mobile, the challenge of adhering to OKR routines becomes more pronounced. Many professionals find themselves frequently on the move due to remote work, travel, or busy schedules. Despite these challenges, it's essential to keep OKR routines intact for several reasons:

  1. Consistency: Consistency is the key to reaping the full benefits of OKRs. Irregular routines can lead to lapses in accountability and focus, hindering progress toward objectives.
  2. Real-time Monitoring: OKRs often involve real-time tracking metrics and key results. Being on the go shouldn't mean losing access to critical data that informs your decisions and actions.
  3. Team Collaboration: In a world where remote work and distributed teams are increasingly common, staying connected and aligned with your colleagues is vital. OKR routines are often collaborative, requiring you to engage with your team regularly.
  4. Personal Efficiency: OKR routines, when optimized for mobility, can enhance personal efficiency. You can maximize your travel or downtime by prioritizing your goals and tasks.

This article will explore four OKR routines that you can seamlessly integrate into your on-the-go lifestyle. These routines will help you overcome mobility challenges and ensure that you continue to drive productivity and achieve your objectives, no matter where you are.

Four routines for your OKRs

1. Complete your weekly check-ins 

One of the most crucial parts of the OKR process is the weekly Check-in. Checking in on your OKRs weekly ensures consistent progress toward your objectives and key results. These check-ins serve as dedicated moments to review your goals, evaluate the completion of key results, and align your efforts with your broader objectives. They provide a structured framework for assessing what's working, what's not, and what adjustments need to be made.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself in your Check-ins:

  • How much progress have we done?
  • How did we make that progress?
  • How confident are we that we'll reach our goal?
  • Are there any blockers?

Doing this weekly ensures that you stay on track on your long-term goals. The beautiful thing about it is that it's simple, easy to do, and shouldn't take more than a few minutes out of your week. You can also opt to do this while you're on the go. Doing a remote check-in from your phone every Monday, while you have a morning coffee, can let you get this crucial task out of the way before you even get into your office.

2. Check the latest numbers on all your OKRs 

As a manager, conducting your check-ins is only part of the equation; keeping tabs on your team's progress is equally crucial. Whether you're en route to your next meeting or in transit, it's an opportune moment to stay updated on your progress and receive the latest updates from your team, ensuring you're well-prepared for your next engagement. Staying current with OKR metrics is imperative, delivering real-time insights into goal advancement. Tools like Tability can help you see all of your latest progress in simplified dashboards. This real-time data equips you to swiftly make informed decisions and adjust strategies when necessary.

3. Do your daily Standup 

Beyond just your weekly check-ins, it's important to sync up with your team about what they're doing daily. Daily standups are a great way to talk about the day's priorities and updates on what you're working on and to see if there are ways to collaborate, help, or undo any blockers someone may have.

In the context of OKR methodology, the daily standup meeting is a brief standing gathering where team members update their progress toward key results and address challenges. Standups are similar to check-ins but it's on a much more granular level. These meetings ensure alignment, foster accountability, facilitate quick issue resolution, and enable adaptability.

Daily standup meetings offer several benefits: alignment, accountability, quick issue resolution, and adaptability. However, conducting effective daily standups while on the go or in a remote work environment requires strategic planning and virtual meeting tools and apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Slack. Set a consistent meeting time, establish a clear agenda, and ensure team members can access the necessary technology on their mobile devices.

If your team is distributed along many time zones, having a daily scheduled meeting can become strenuous and hard to maintain. It's recommended to adopt async standups to ensure that your team maintains the flexibility of remote work and that your daily standup meeting doesn't interrupt precious focus time.

Doing async standups also allows you to do your daily Standup from anywhere. You can do your standups while eating your toast in the morning or while on the train to work. This makes it so that you show up to work with a clear objective for the day and don't have to interrupt precious focus time to do your standups. 

Combining standups and your weekly check-ins ensures that you maintain focus and urgency throughout the week while reminding yourself of your progress toward the longer overarching goal. 

4. View what tasks you have to complete this week

While Check-ins and Standups are great for analyzing and discussing your work progress, you still need to do the actual work.

Effective task management plays a pivotal role in the successful execution of OKRs, as it translates high-level objectives into actionable steps. It's crucial to regularly review upcoming tasks to ensure they align with key results and strategic goals. For those on the go, mobile task management apps are invaluable tools for quickly assessing and planning weekly tasks – like Jira, Clickup, Asana, and so many more. These apps offer features like categorization, due date reminders, and collaboration, allowing users to stay organized and connected with their teams, even in remote or mobile work settings.

It's good to have a simple to-do list for the day (or week) to maintain the momentum toward your goals and OKRs. This can also be done while doing your daily standups first thing in the morning. Start your day with a clear understanding of what needs to be done.


Those are just 4 things you can do to integrate OKR routines into your on-the-go lifestyle seamlessly. Whether completing weekly check-ins, staying updated on key results, conducting daily standup meetings, or reviewing upcoming tasks, these routines are your compass in navigating the OKR landscape. By harnessing the power of mobile tools and a commitment to consistency, you can stay on track and outperform your objectives, no matter where your journey takes you. Embrace these practices, and you'll find that the world of OKRs becomes a dynamic and achievable path to success.

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Bryan Schuldt

Co-Founder, Tability

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