Setting goals is good thing. Goals help us improve our lives and ourselves! But in order for most of us to actually accomplish our goals, we need two things:
1. We need to have them written down. They’re not really goals if they’re not written down. They’re just things we’d like to do! Maybe –if we remember.
2. We need a way to track our goals. If we don’t track our progress, then we don’t always know whether we’ve accomplished our goals. And there’s something about seeing it on paper that is motivating.
So if you’re ready to set some goals but aren’t sure how to track them, here are a few ideas:
1. Use the calendar pages in your planner. For a while I was trying to exercise 15 minutes a day. Every day that I exercised, I put a small dot sticker on the monthly page. I could see at a glance how many days I had exercised. You could also put the sticker on your weekly pages or daily pages. If you don’t want to mess with stickers, you can use symbols. And if you have more than one goal, you can use different colored stickers or different symbols. Recording on your calendar pages is EASY and convenient!
2. Use a monthly goals tracking page like this one:
3. Or if you make custom pages, add your goals to your page. Like this:
4. Here’s another goals tracking page that shows a week:
5. Or make it fun and use a chart like this one:
I picked up a package of these charts at Joann but similar charts are available at most stores that sell office supplies or crafts.
6. Use color-coded checkmarks on your planner page. I picked up this great idea from Laurie at http://www.plannerisms.com/. You can read about it here. Laurie also has an excellent article about goal setting that you can read here
7. And finally, you can keep it really simple and write your goals on a post-it note and put it at the front of your planner.
But whatever you do, make it as simple and as convenient as possible. If it’s too cumbersome, you won’t do it. And doing it – tracking your goals – will make all the difference in whether you actually accomplish them.
So set some goals and start tracking your progress!
Do you set goals? How do you do it and how do you keep track?