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Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Drowsy driving might not be receiving as much attention as driving under the influence, yet it is almost as dangerous. Long distance drivers may never admit having battled drowsiness while driving, but statistics suggest so.

As many as 72,000 fatal accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 people died due to it in the US in 2013 alone, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In the UK, more than 25% of severe and fatal accidents are also caused by worn out drivers. It is even estimated that 6,000 serious accidents happen every year due to drowsy driving.

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Even though many prefer to drink coffee and energy drinks or listen to loud music, all these are just temporary fixes. However, it’s highly probably that napping on the wheel could become a thing of the past, thanks to a futuristic and intuitive wearable called Steer.

Your life saver on the road 

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    Designed by Creative Mode, a Latvian-based company, Steer is an intelligent, life-saving bracelet made to give tired, dozy drivers an Electric Shock whenever they start to nap while on the road. Made with onboard sensors that measure variations in the rate of heart rate and sweat secretion, it uses a gentle vibration and yellow blinking light to warn the driver to pay attention.

    It has 16 sensors responsible for studying the driver’s heartbeat rate upon which it releases the gentle vibration when the rate drops by 10 beats per minute. When the variations fall further by three minutes, this wearable discharges an electric shock to jolt the wearer. The shock isn’t fatal, but increases hormone and neurotransmitter levels to make a driver alert.

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    According to its founder Vlad Ilyin, Steer is a solution to what almost killed his best friend – drowsy driving. And it being the first of its kind, the amount of backing it is receiving is mind-boggling.

    As it was launched on a Kickstarter project, its 269 backers have so far raised $36,220, and it is highly likely it will retail at $130.

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    Will it be the end to accidents caused by drowsy drivers? 

    With such vibrations and shocks on the driver, Steer is highly vouched to solve what many die out of, albeit silently. It is a wearable device with a hypoallergenic plastic body and an adjustable strap for a comfy fit as it is designed to be worn on the arm, just like a wristwatch.

    Several reviews, most notably those on Daily Mail, Digital Trends and Wareable seemingly point to one thing – lasting solution. Right now, you can get one from Kickstarter. 

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    Last Updated on November 20, 2019

    How to Measure a Goal? (With Examples of Measurable Goals)

    How to Measure a Goal? (With Examples of Measurable Goals)

    Everyone sets goals. Whether they are daily goals like completing a project, personal aspirations like traveling the world, or even workplace targets, setting a goal isn’t enough to get you over the line unfortunately. This is why only eight percent of people achieve their goals.[1]

    So how do the high achievers do it?

    By setting measurable goals, keep track of them and progress towards these goals.

    To help you out, I’ve put together a simple guide on measuring goals. I’ll show you a SMART framework you can use to create measurable goals, and how you can track its progress.

    To begin, let me introduce you to the SMART acronym.

    What Is a Measurable SMART Goal?

    SMART stands for Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. They help set clear intentions, this way, you can continue staying on course.

    When you’re writing a SMART Goal, you need to work through each of the terms in the acronym to ensure it’s realistic and achievable.

    It’ll help you set specific and challenging goals that eliminate and vagueness and guesswork. It’ll also have a clear deadline so you know when you need to complete it by.

    Here’s what SMART stand for:

    Specific

    Your goals need to be specific. Without specificity, your goal will feel much harder to complete and stick to.

    They should also have a specific outcome. Without the outcome, it will be hard to focus and stay on task with your goals.

    I can’t stress this enough. In fact, two researchers Edwin Locke and Gary Latham, found that when people set specific yet challenging goals, it led to increased performance 90 percent of the time.[2]

    Here’s an example of a specific goal:

    Increase sales by 10% in 90 days. 

    Measurable

    You need to be able to measure these goals.

    Examining a key metric and quantifying your goals will help track your progress. It will also identify the mark at which you’ve completed your task.

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    Measurable can mean many different things, but generally speaking, you want to be able to objectively measure success with a goal.

    Whether it’s via analytical data, performance measures, or direct revenue, ensure your goal is quantifiable.

    Achievable

    Why do you want to reach this goal? Is it important for you or your organization?

    Once you identify the key benefit, add that into your goal, so it helps your team members understand the importance of the goal and how it contributes to the bigger picture.

    Relevant

    Why do you want to reach this goal? Is it important for you or your organization?

    Once you identify the key benefit, add that into your goal so it helps your team members understand the importance of the goal and how it contributes to the bigger picture.

    Timely

    This is one of my favorite parts of SMART goals….setting the deadline.

    The timeframe will create a sense of urgency. It functions as a healthy tension that will springboard you to action.

    Examples of Measurable Goals

    Now that we know what a SMART goal is, it’s time to help you make your own SMART goal.

    Let’s start with the first step: specificity.

    Specific

    A specific goal should identify:

    • What’s the project or task at hand?
    • Who’s responsible for the task? If you’re breaking the task down, who is responsible for each section?
    • What steps do you need to do to reach your goal?

    Here’s a bad example:I want to have a better job.

    This example is poor because it’s not specific enough. Sure, it’s specific to your work, but it doesn’t explain whether you want a promotion, a raise, a career change, etc.

    What about your current job do you want to improve? Do you want to change companies? Or are you striving for more work-life balance? What does “better” really mean?

    Let’s transform this into a good example.

    I want to find a new role at a Fortune 500 company that improves my current salary and work-life balance.

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    If you’re not too sure what the specific outcome should be, you can use mindmaps to brainstorm all the possible options. Then choose a few or one from the mindmap.

    With the example above, to become a better growth marketer, I have to explore different learning options like online courses, blogs, books, or in-person courses before I made a decision.

    Measurable

    Goals need to be measurable in a way where you can present tangible, concrete evidence. You should be able to identify what you experience when reaching that goal.

    Ideally, you should go for a metric or quantity as quantifying goals makes it easier to track.

    Here’s a bad example:

    I will get a promotion at work for improving quality

    Here’s a good example:

    I am going to land a promotion to senior VP by improving my work quality. When I say work quality, I will measure this by projects completed, revenue earned, and success factors important to my superiors.

    If you’re having difficulty measuring your goals, you can use a goal tracking app. They’re a great way to measure your progress, especially if it’s time-based.

    In addition, I love to use the following strategy to keep myself accountable and ensure I’m hitting goals:

    Reminder emails.

    I schedule emails to myself asking for measurable data on my goals, and even CC others to hold me accountable.

    For example, if you work with a team, CC them on your email to keep yourself honest and on-track.

    Here are five methods you can use to measure your progress towards the goal:

    1. Keep a record – Have you recorded all your actions?
    2. Assess your numbers/evidence – Are you breaking your commitments?
    3. Create a checklist – Can you simplify your tasks?
    4. Stay on course – Are you moving forward with your plan smoothly?
    5. Rate your progress – Can you do better?

    Achievable

    When it comes to being able to achieve your goals, you should stick to Pareto’s principle. If you’re not too sure what it is, it’s the 80/20 rule.

    Don’t just attack and go for everything at once! Pick things that give you the most results. Then, work on the next objective or goal once you’ve completed your first ones.

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    Here’s a bad example:

    To get more work-life balance, I will examine all factors of my work and how to trim down the time I spend on them.

    Here’s a good example:

    This week I will record my time spent on projects to analyze the amount of revenue or success they generate. Projects that fall short of production will get less time and resources than others. 

    Relevant

    It’s always important to examine your goal to ensure it’s relevant and realistic to what you’re doing.

    This is where the bigger picture comes in.

    Here’s a bad example:

    I want to be promoted to CMO because I need more responsibility.

    In this case, it’ll be unlikely for you to receive a promotion if the purpose and reason behind your goals are not strong.

    Here’s a good example:

    I want to be promoted to CMO because I enjoy digital marketing. I’m currently excelling in X, Y, and Z digital marketing practices, and I believe that via a promotion I can further grow the business via X, Y and Z.

    The why will help you grind out in moments when you just want to throw in the towel, and also provide more purpose for your goals.

    Timely

    And…finally we’ve hit the deadline.

    Having a due date helps your team set micro goals and milestones towards the goal.

    That way, you can plan workload throughout your days, weeks, and months to ensure that your team won’t be racing against the clock.

    Let’s start with a bad example:

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    I’m going to land a new promotion this summer.

    Now, let’s turn this into a great example:

    Within the next month I will increase marketing revenue by XX%. Then, within three months I will expand the digital team, hire two new employees and scale it. Within five months I will leverage this success into a new role.

    So that’s how you create a measurable goal.

    Here’s a summary of the example above in the order of its acronyms.

    Overall Goal: I want to transition into a new role with a reputable company.

    • S: I want to find a new role at a Fortune 500 company that improves my current salary and work-life balance.
    • M: I am going to land a promotion to senior VP by improving my work quality. When I say work quality, I will measure this by projects completed, revenue earned, and success factors important to my superiors.
    • A: This week I will record my time spent on projects to analyze the amount of revenue or success they generate. Projects that fall short of production will get less time and resources than others.
    • R: I want to be promoted to CMO because I enjoy digital marketing. I’m currently excelling in X, Y, and Z digital marketing practices, and I believe that via a promotion I can further grow the business via X, Y and Z.
    • T: Within the next month I will increase marketing revenue by XX%. Then, within three months I will expand the digital team, hire two new employees and scale it. Within five months I will leverage this success into a new role.

    But before we finish off, I want to leave you with a note:

    If you want to ensure you reach your goals, make sure you’re accountable. Ensure that you will stick by the goal and deliver the results that you want. Because sometimes, the goal might not just be for you. It could be goals for your clients, customers, and even loved ones.

    For example:

    Here, Housecall Pro promises customers that they grow up to 30% in one year.

    By placing that statement on their landing page, they’re keeping themselves and their goals accountable to their customers.

    For personal goals, tell your friends and family.

    For professional goals, you can tell your peers, colleagues, and even your clients (once you’re ready).

    Bottom Line

    So to wrap things up, if you want to measure a goal, be SMART about it.

    Start with a specific outcome in mind; make sure it’s measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely to your existing schedule.

    While 92 percent of people fail to reach their goals, you can be the exception.

    Reach your goals by setting targets and objectives together.

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