If like me you’ve set yourself goals for the year it’s important to keep track of them and how they are progressing. Otherwise you’re just writing a wish list and not much is going to happen.
If you have big goals for this year you may want to break them down into more manageable tasks otherwise you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. If you want to make positive changes in your life it’s important to be intentional with your time.
I love writing goals in a notebook but find I also need to have them on a spreadsheet so I can move them round or edit them. I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that my yearly goals can change slightly as time progresses and quite often I add new ones too!
I like to keep track of my progress on my spreadsheets and summarise what I’ve done that week to work towards them. Some people use a bullet journal or just a notebook to do this so do whatever works best for you.
Unless you spend the time identifying and analysing what you are doing with your time you will not make the progress you intended to at the start of the year. Keeping track of your days and weeks is a great way to hold yourself accountable and identify whether you need to put more effort into a particular goal. If you are serious about wanting to make some changes it’s important you keep track of what you are or are not doing tom achieve them.
Some things you can keep track of:
If you’re into fitness/health
- Number of steps you’ve taken in a day
- Number of workouts in a week
- Type of workouts in a week
- What you ate each day
- Number of pieces of fruit/veggies you ate each day
- Amount of water you consumed in a day
- How many hours a night you are sleeping
If you’re trying to be better with money
- Compare what you budgeted for the week with what you actually spent
- Identify how much closer you are to a savings goal and what you need to do to get there
- Analyse your spending by category and see where you can cut back on
- How much you’re spending on food out of the house; at work or socialising
- Add up all your debt and track how much of your wages you’re using to pay this off on a monthly basis
- Track all those purchases you didn’t make and how much money its saved you
These are just some examples of what you can track if you’ve set yourself some goals this year. If you have any goals you need help with comment below and I can add some ideas for you.
I also like to list my goals in a summary and write notes every week on how I think I did with them. No one else sees’s this so I am kind of talking to myself BUT I find it really helpful as it focuses my mind on the details. Here is the summary page of mine if you are interested:
How are you getting on with your 2017 goals? Do you use spreadsheets to keep track of your progress or are you a notebook and pen kinda person?