Alright, you’ve worked hard on setting your goals! You’ve made sure you have SMARTER goals, set goals for different areas of your life (with deadlines), created an action plan, and broken your main goals down into easier to achieve mini goals.
Now it’s time to talk about the importance of evaluating/reviewing and tracking your progress toward completing your goals. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Parts 1-4 of the Goal Setting Series:
Setting Goals Part 1 – An Introduction
Setting Goals Part 2 – Is Your Goal SMARTER?
Setting Goals Part 3 – Choosing Your Goals
Setting Goals Part 4 – Defining Your Goals
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s get started on tracking your goals.
Tracking Your Goals
Why should you track your goals?
First of all, tracking your goals keeps you on track of course. Slap that tracker up on the fridge where you can’t forget or avoid it. That way you have a constant reminder of the progress you are making (or not making). This will help keep you motivated and on track for completing your goals.
I don’t know about you, but I love tracking everything. There are apps out there you could probably use to track your goals if you think that will work for you. I personally need it somewhere I can’t ignore, which is why the fridge is a perfect place for me. Go ahead and try different things and see what works for you.
When should you track your goals?
You can track all your mini goals daily, weekly, monthly, and/or quarterly. Pick whatever works for you based on the goals you’ve set, and what you think will work best for you.
I just make a simple tracker sheet and list out all my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly goals that I’ve set.
How do you track your goals?
Write down each of your mini goals and mark them off as you complete them. This is pretty darn motivating when you can see the progress you’re making. It’s also motivating to see the empty box just sitting there waiting to be filled in.
“Oh yeah! I will go do that right now, then I can fill that puppy in!”
Evaluating/reviewing your goals
Why evaluate/review your goals?
Evaluating and reviewing your goals will keep you on track, find any holes in your action plans, quickly fix any gaps, and keep you motivated when you see what works.
When to evaluate/review your goals
My advice is to evaluate and review your goals often. Weekly is what I would recommend. A week will give you a little bit of time working on your goals to see what’s working or not working. Any longer and you tend to forget about it. (And your goals) Evaluating frequently keeps you on task, and will give you quick feedback when needed.
How to evaluate/review your goals
If you’ve been tracking your goals as suggested above, then this portion will be quite easy for you. Check out your tracker and see how you’ve been doing. Some questions to ask yourself:
- Are you on track to completing your goals?
- Do you need to make any changes or adjustments?
- What’s working?
- What’s not working?
- Is this goal still important to me?
Now you can write down any modifications or changes that need to be made. Doing weekly evaluations serves as a bit of a reset. If you have fallen behind on your goals, this will give you the chance to “get back on the horse” without having lost much time.
5 Steps to Setting Goals – Review
Now it’s time to go back and review what we’ve accomplished in this series on setting goals. Check out the info graph below of all the steps we have gone through to create our plan for setting our goals.
Well I’m sad to say this is the end of the Setting Goals Series. I hope you have gotten as much out of this as I have. Now my goals are set and ready to go ahead of schedule! That’s always a good feeling. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.