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We’re two months into the new year and that exciting “fresh start” feeling might be wearing off for some of us. Statistics show that most people have already stopped working toward their goals at this point, or maybe just forgotten about them.
Do you have goals written down (like you should)?
Setting goals is one of the best things I’ve started doing for myself. I truly don’t believe I would’ve accomplished nearly half as much as I have if I hadn’t set clear goals for myself. Goal-setting is great! But it’s way more effective when you actually have them written down with clear plans, and you regularly track and check-in on them.
Planning and tracking your goals is the most powerful part. It keeps you going, it keeps you focused, and it drastically increases your chance of actually achieving your goal. It lets you know exactly what you need to do to achieve the goal, and it makes things feel less daunting.
So, today I thought I’d talk about how to plan and track your goals. Don’t forget the free printable at the bottom of the post!Goal-setting is great! But it's way more effective when you actually have them written down with clear plans, and you regularly track & check-in on them. Click To Tweet
Make sure they’re written down somewhere.
I know I already mentioned this, but it’s the most important part! If you want to plan, track, and achieve your goals then you need to make sure they’re on paper – or your phone, tablet, computer, whatever. Have a place to keep your goal info in one place. You could use a planner, an app, a goal journal, or whatever works best for you – more on that at the end of this post!
Break down each goal into action steps.
Another important part of reaching your goal is knowing EXACTLY which steps you’ll take to achieve it. If your goal is to start a successful business, you’ll need to figure out exactly what you need to do to start one. You’ll need an idea, a business plan, a website, etc. So make a list of every single step you’ll need to take to achieve it. Then you can set quarterly, monthly, weekly, and even daily goals to make sure that you get everything done and stay on track.
Set milestones for your goal.
If you want to make your goals more manageable and track your progress more effectively, it’s a good idea to set milestones for them. Milestones can look different for each goal, depending on how you want to measure it. If your goal is to write and publish a book, your milestones might look something like this:
- Complete a book outline
- Finish rough draft
- Create a book launch plan
These milestones help keep you on track by making your progress much more tangible. Seeing how much you’ve accomplished can help you stay focused and motivated to keep going, too!
Find a way to reward yourself for achieving it.
Rewards are another great way to stay motivated. I’ve mentioned many times before how powerful rewards can be – it’s even been proven by research. So come up with a way to reward yourself for achieving your goal. You can even come up with smaller rewards for achieving each of your milestones.
You might like: 20 Healthy and Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself
Check in on your goals regularly.
If you really want to commit to your goals and keep track of them, you have to check in regularly. At the end of each month, as I’m setting the next month’s goals, I like to check in on my bigger goals. Here are some things to look at when you’re doing a goal check-in:
- Your successes and what you’ve achieved
- Things you didn’t do so well with
- Whether or not all of your goals are still relevant
- What changes you need to make
- What actions you need to take
I also really recommend taking a look at your goals each morning to keep them in your mind and see if there are any smaller daily actions you can take toward them!
Tools you can use to track your goals!
There are tons of helpful tools out there that you can use to track your goals. Here are a few of them:
- Websites – There are websites that can come in handy for tracking your goals, such as Don’t Break The Chain and Goal-Buddy.
- Phone apps – I wrote a post about the 5 best phone apps to help you achieve your goals. You can read it right here. (And if you want to track weight loss or fitness goals, MyFitnessPal is a great app for that!)
- A planner – A good planner with spaces for monthly, weekly, and daily goals can be so helpful. You can read about my favorite one right here!
- A journal – You can track your goals in your journal or keep an entire journal dedicated to your goals. There are even journals like this one made for goal planning.
- Free printable – If you enter your name and email below you can print off the goal tracker that I created! 🙂