Achieving your goals using an “old school” tracker will enable you to see progress and help adjust your path towards your goals.
Its the middle of January and yes it time to turn the attention to goals. I trust you have taken the time to physically write them down. If not, why? I know, not enough time. Bad excuse. Stop reading this and focus on you and create goals for this year.
According to the Statistic Brain, the top three new years resolutions/goals are: Lose weight/Healthier Eating, Life/Self Improvements and Better Financial Decisions.
You can design goals around these three areas if you don’t have them yet written down.
My Belief -Who Needs To Track Goals
For those who have followed these articles, you might recall that that I mentioned several years ago, I never wrote down my goals, given I held them inside my head.
Well, the same holds true for tracking my goals during that time. Given I had my goals in my head, why would I need to create something to track goals?
Looking in the past, I must confess I never accomplished any of my goals I held in my head. I was not measuring them and thus I was not respecting my goals. You can’t respect what you do not inspect.
According to the University of Scranton research, 92% of people who have resolutions don’t succeed.
Did you know on January 17th, its known as “Ditch New Years Resolutions Day. This is the day the masses decide, its just too hard or I don’t have time to work on it and decide to ditch their resolution or goal.
Honestly I had no idea this official day existed on the calendar! However having a day like this, can make individuals feel better by ditching their resolutions and goals.
But not you! You want to avoid this day and keep pushing forward.
How To Track Goals
When I started tracking my goals, I thought I needed a hyped up macro wizard spreadsheet, however that is further from the truth. Now if you love creating macros, by all means do that.
To get started look at your goals and ask yourself these questions.
- What behaviors or actions must I do daily, weekly or monthly to support this goal?
- How often do I need to do these behaviors or actions daily, weekly or monthly?
- What will I do if I don’t do these behaviors or actions to support my goals on a daily, weekly or monthly? (Personally, I give myself a penalty of 25 burpees at the gym)
Once you have honestly answered these questions design a tracker to measure your behaviors/actions to support your goals. You can create a tracker in Excel, Numbers or just on paper. The bottom line is that you track your goals in a way that fits YOU.
Personally I use an Excel. I created three excel spreadsheets to track my top three goals on a monthly basis. Find what works for you and utilize it on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Imagine you are boarding a plane and the pilot comes on and says, “Ladies and Gentleman, this is your Captain speaking. I don’t know how we will arrive at our destination today, however I think my First Officer and I know how to get there.”
Of course this would never occur right? However many people never take the time to understand how to get where they want to go and thus embrace January 17th and decide to give up on their resolutions and goals.
Decide to measure and track your goals, so you can boost your opportunity for achievement this coming year!
PS- When you develop your tracker, would you let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I have a resource I want to send you, to aid in your achievement of your goals.