It’s 2018. Can you believe it? In the past two weeks, I shared reasons why you shouldn’t think of your goals as resolutions and how your goals are just dreams if they have no end date. Continuing on this #Girlwithgoals series, today I’ll be sharing one of the major keys to staying on track with your goals. It’s measuring your progress along the way.
One of the reasons we’re all bad about sticking to our goals is because we don’t see big results right away. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight, pay off credit cards or quit smoking. We stick with the program for a few weeks and then start to lose steam and motivation. It takes a lot to keep going and it isn’t easy to change our habits for the better.
What we need to stay on track is a little motivation. If we can see that we’re moving in the right direction (even if it isn’t always as fast as we’d like it to be), we’ll keep going and opt for the salad instead of the fries (which is a major sacrifice for me because I LOVE fries) or cook at home instead of going to our favorite restaurant.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
But how do we see this progress? We see it by tracking and measuring and writing it down. It doesn’t matter if you use a pen and paper or your computer. You want to be able to see that progress in front of you in black and white.
Let’s talk about what to track. If you want to lose weight, write down your weight each day (or once a week if that works better for you). Get out a measuring tape and measure your waist, your leg and your arm circumference etc. Write those measurements down and re-measure every month or two. Even when the scale doesn’t seem to want to move in the right direction for a while, you’ll still see progress in your body measurements. And having all this data as a visual can be very motivating. You may not see a lot of change day to day, but in six months’ time, you will be able to see how far you’ve come and this will keep you going.
If your resolution is to stop smoking, make a check mark on your calendar for each day you made it without a cigarette. As the checkmarks start to add up, so will your resolve to keep it up.
If your goal is to pay down credit card debt, or build a financial safety net, keep a running total of your numbers. Being able to record what you did might be just the motivation you need to use that bonus check on bills rather than spending it on new shoes.
Do you see where I’m going here? It doesn’t matter what your resolution is, keeping track of how you’re doing and how far you’ve come already can be a big motivator to stick to the plan until you reach your goal.
You can check out more from this Girl With Goals series below and be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss the rest of this great series.
- Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They are Dreams…Get ‘Em Done Instead
- Setting S.M.A.R.T. Financial Goals
- Stop Thinking of Your Goals as Resolutions Because they Aren’t
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