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How To Track Your Goals & Accomplish Them

12/23/2019

We are halfway through the year, it’s hard to believe.  Time continues to fly by.   It feels like yesterday it was January where I was full of energy and going to accomplish and take on the world.  I know I’m not alone when I say I have these great big plans to accomplish things, write […]

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We are halfway through the year, it’s hard to believe.  Time continues to fly by.   It feels like yesterday it was January where I was full of energy and going to accomplish and take on the world.  I know I’m not alone when I say I have these great big plans to accomplish things, write them down, and then they take a back seat.  Writing down your goals is one thing, tracking them is where the transformation takes place.

Did you write down goals at the beginning of the year?  Are you on track to accomplishing them or have already done so?

how to track your goals and accomplish them

Goals For The Year

At the beginning of the year, I set ten goals in the following categories (these are all from Brendon Burchard):

  1. Spiritual
  2. Financial
  3. Mission
  4. Health
  5. Spouse
  6. Friends
  7. Family
  8. Experiences
  9. Mental/Emotional
  10. Learning

While I’m not going to go through every single category, I’m going to share with you three goals I wrote down for the year and the progress that’s been made.

Mission

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of growing the Organized Marie community to over 10,000 (email subscribers & followers).  To date, it’s currently at 5,374!

To some that might be small and to others that might be large.  For me, that’s large.  I started this blog over four years ago and had zero knowledge of blogging and how to run a website.

We just celebrated our daughter’s first birthday when I decided to start a blog.  At the time, it felt like the best way to utilize the gift God granted me.  Plus, I was working full-time when I first started it.

Truth be told, I had no clue how hard and how much work it would really be.  There were many moments of doubting myself and wondering if I was really cut out for this.  I’ve followed many of the experts and didn’t find myself moving the needle that much.

I could tell you all the things I’ve tried and failed but we’d be here for a while!  I will tell you that the failures have lead me to where I’m at today.

Blogging is hard work.  There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into writing a blog post and creating images for it.  Then there’s trying to figure out how to monetize it.

Giving up is the easy way out, which is something that I have refused to do.

Many of the experts will tell you your ‘why’ is what will keep you going and I do believe that’s true.  My ‘why’ is living a life of meaning and purpose which is why I haven’t stopped.  I want to love the work that I do and help others get organized, it brings me so much joy.

This goal is just over the halfway point so we’re on track to hitting 10K!

Health

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of losing 10 pounds.  I’m almost there, a few more pounds to go.  This goal has been one of the hardest ones.  Nothing changed for January and February when it came to losing weight, so something had to change.

I started lifting more weights which made a big difference.  Five pounds were lost in the first two months and then things plateaued for March and April.

I started to think that this is how things are going to be since I’ve had three kids and am not getting any younger.

We changed out our eating habits over a month ago and it’s been a game changer.  The final few pounds have been lost by eating healthier.

I’ve always been one to eat on the healthier side and looking at the nutrition facts but never one to read the ingredients.   Eliminating most of the processed foods has been more beneficial in ways I never imagined.

For one, I have more sustained energy throughout the entire day and have less “crash” moments.  I don’t feel as puffy, you know what I mean and my arthritic pain is basically gone.  That has been the biggest eye-opening moment, eating more anti-inflammatory foods.

I had gone to physical therapy last year for my arthritis and it was a big waste of time and money. If we had been eating like we are now, I wouldn’t have to go.

Full Disclaimer:  I have no medical background whatsoever and advise seeking medical help if you need it.  I’m simply sharing what worked for me in hopes it might help you too.

There isn’t a desire to even want to have the foods we used to eat (there is a desire to still buy them because it’s just easier).

The other health goal I set was getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night, I’m not quite there yet.  Our middle child has been waking up quite a bit in the middle of the night so we are working through that.

Spouse

There was only one goal we set at the beginning of the year and that was to have monthly date nights.  If you have kids, you understand the struggle is real when it comes to actually go out on a date.

The thought of actually getting ready and going out sounds like too much work and it’s just easier to stay home.  Not to mention finding a babysitter that you can trust.

The list of excuses piles up and going on a date takes a back seat.  That’s when you have to resist the easy option, make time for it and actually schedule it on the calendar.

January came and went and we never went on a date.  Yeah I know, the first month of the year and we couldn’t even hit our own goal.

That’s life, you can continue on that path or change the outcome.  We knew we needed to do it and scheduled one for February.  We missed March, made-up for it in April with two date nights!  Family came to visit, so we took full advantage of not having to pay for any babysitters.

We missed May and have on scheduled for June.  As I look back on our progress, we miss a date every other month and try to make it up for the next month.

We are not perfect and have fallen short a few months however we look to make it up the following month.

Look At Your Goals

I really didn’t start writing down goals for the year until a few years ago.  It felt really good to be writing them out but then June would come and I would realize I haven’t achieved one of my goals yet.  It was a frustrating process because it would be like starting from scratch again.   After doing this for a few years, I knew something had to change and that’s when I decided to review them monthly.  The monthly reviews were going okay but then I realized reviewing them daily is what will need to happen if I really want to achieve them.

There is something powerful about looking at your goals every day.  It helps keep you focused in the ever-distracting world we live in today.

Written goals are powerful, tracking them is where the transformation happens.  It’s easy to write down what you want to accomplish for the year, tuck them away in the drawer and not look at them until the New Year rolls around.

If we want to achieve something, we really have to hold ourselves accountable.  It takes discipline and hard work. It’s important to track our progress so we can see where we’re at and where we need to go.

It’s like taking a road trip, you’re not going to drive around aimlessly with no end in sight, you would be wasting time and money.  If we don’t write down our goals and track them, we waste our own time by doing them in the first place.

I will admit that I don’t look at my goals daily but need to and have laminated my goals to hang them up in our bathroom.  If you don’t want them hung up in a place where someone else can see them, then put them in your phone or planner and be sure to look at them daily.

The other thing you can do to look at your goals is to create a lock screen for your phone.  There a few ways you can do this.

  1. Canva

    –  This is a free graphic design tool website where you can create beautiful images.  You can write down your goals and design a template that you love.  Looking at something you love is important because it inspires you to stay on track.

  2. Notes – On your phone, you can go to your notes app and write down all of your goals.  From there, take a screenshot of it and save the screenshot as your wallpaper.

There are a few other ways to utilize your phone when tracking your goals.  Using apps such as Done, Productive, and Trello can help you stay on track.

Tracking your progress

Writing down your goals is the first step to accomplishing your goals. The second step is tracking them, this is where the transformation occurs.  Tracking your progress will give you the following:

  • Sense of purpose

    Everyone has a gift and it’s up to us with what we do with it.  Figuring out your gift isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes time to figure it out.  When you have written goals, you will see what you are meant to do and will work towards finding out your purpose.  Mark Twain has a famous quote:

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”

  • Clarity

    Do you have a thousand brilliant ideas in your head? When you start writing down your goals and tracking them, it will give you a clear vision of the idea most important to you.

  • Focus

    Tracking your goals will help keep you focused so you don’t start to wonder.  We live in a distracted world, tracking your goals keeps you focused.

  • Motivation 

    Out of sight, out of mind. When you look at consistently looking at your goals each month or each week and tracking the progress, you’ll want to improve. It’ll keep you motivated and push you to be the best you can be.

How To Track Your Progress

  1. Create categories.  Decide what categories or areas you want to improve.  Start small if you’ve never set goals, pick three areas and build from there.  If you’re not sure which categories to start with, start with the ones you want to improve the most.  For example, if you are in debt, start with the goal of getting out of debt.  If you have multiple debts, make it a goal of paying off the lowest balance first so you get can a win under your belt.
  2. Write them down.  The next step in tracking your goals is making sure they are written down.  They can be written down on paper or down on a device, choose the method you prefer best. You might have to try out both to see which one you prefer.
  3. Visualize.  Make sure to look at your goals often.  This step is often overlooked because it’s easy to write them down and not look at them again until the following year.  If you write them down on paper, hang them up where you can see them.  If you use an app on your phone, schedule time to look at them.  Remember, if your goals are out of sight, they’re out of mind.
  4. Review.  This is one of the most important steps to tracking your goals.  Reviewing your goals will help you stay on track and make the necessary changes if needed.  You might have set a goal at the beginning of the year and see that you haven’t made much progress with it.  Reviewing the goal will help re-evaluate the steps needed to accomplish it.

If you’ve fallen off track with your goals, now is a great time to get back on track. There’s still plenty of time left until the end of the year.

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Conclusion

Tracking your goals will help you accomplish them.  It will allow you to see the progress you’ve made and help keep you on track.  Reviewing them lets you figure out if things need to be changed or to keep going on the continued path.

Do you set goals at the beginning of the year?  How do you track them?

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