When is the ideal time to set OKRs?
The best time to set OKRs is at the beginning of a quarter so that you and your team clearly know what you want to achieve in the next three months. This gives you enough time to plan and execute your goals while remaining flexible if things come up that you didn't anticipate.
Of course, you can set OKRs at other times throughout the year, but setting them at the beginning of a quarter will help you stay on track and achieve your goals as the cycles are shorter, and OKR review meetings will be sooner.
Other companies do set OKRs on 6-month cycles, so it is important to understand how best your company will perform on the different time scales.
Another critical topic is OKR planning, which should take place before the quarter starts. Factor in the time at the end of the quarter to shift focus towards the next.