How To Track Your Progress To Stay Motivated
Tracking your progress is one of the most effective ways that you can stay motivated and follow-through with your goals.
There are many different ways that you can keep track of your progress. We’ll discuss some of the best ways one-by-one in a moment, but first, here are some general tips that you should keep in mind as you track.
Make Your Goals Visible:
You need to be reminded each and every day what it is you are working towards. One of the best ways to do this is to list your long-term goals on a large piece of poster board and put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day. Next, to that, put your current set of short-term goals and then on the third piece of poster board, list your monthly goals, no matter how you are tracking them. That way you always know what you are supposed to be doing.
Update Your Progress Daily:
Even if you don’t have things that you can do every single day to work towards your goals, you still need to update your progress daily. If you have nothing substantial that you can list on your tracking sheet, simply put something like “reviewed goals.” If you don’t track every day it is quite easy to lose motivation.
Set a Period Each Day, Week, Month & Year That You Are Going to Update:
Yearly Update: December 31st at 5:00 PM
Monthly Update: The last day of the month at 5:00 PM
Weekly Update: Every Sunday at 5:00 PM
Daily Update: Each Day at 5:00 PM
So, how do you track your progress? There is really no wrong way to do it, but here are some great ideas for keeping track of your progress each day.
Update a Spreadsheet
If you have a spreadsheet that you can put on your desktop and update each day, it is a perfect way to track everything from the goals you have already reached to the tasks that you need to do each day to achieve a goal. How you design your spreadsheet will depend on your goal structure.
Keep a Journal
Writing in a journal is a great way to update your progress because you can also track how you feel and what obstacles you faced (and how you overcame them). That way, when you are feeling less-than-motivated, you can go back and read your journal to see how far you have come.
Keep a Blog, or Better Yet, a YouTube Channel
The benefit of updating your progress this way is that you are sharing your victories and failures with your followers or viewers. Not only will you be more motivated to track your progress and update your followers, you’ll be a lot more motivated to achieve your goals because you know people are pulling for you, and will be disappointed if you don’t make it. It doesn’t matter which one of these methods (or any of your own that you can think of) that you choose, as long as you track every single day and keep pushing.
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