A natural part of life is the desire for progress. Progress is the onward or forward movement toward a goal or destination, all of which sounds simple, but can sometimes be complicated to achieve. Forgetting this and getting discouraged is why many people don’t reach their ultimate goals. Everyone wants to progress, whether in life, school, sport or business. Maybe you want to learn new things. Perhaps you’ve set certain goals for yourself and want to stay on track while working toward, and eventually meeting those goals. Maybe you have a big dream you want to achieve.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR TRACKING PROGRESS AND REACHING GOALS:
1.) Break Down the Goal Into Smaller Tasks.
Each small goal helps you get stronger, become more confident, and be able to try more challenging things. Even better, you know what needs to get done next to help you progress.
Set daily goals and start every day at zero
How do you set personal goals for yourself? First consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible. Then plan the steps you must take to realize your goal and cross off each one as you work through them.
Consistency means focusing on the task at hand in the present moment while maintaining a long term vision. It’s about repeating the same actions (habits and rituals) over and over again; gaining feedback from these actions and adjusting them accordingly to help stay on track as we work towards our goal. Consistency is the key to success. Consistency leads to habits. Habits form the actions we take every day. Action leads to success.
3.) Set a Reward System.
By rewarding yourself in the moment, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing the task or objective and move towards it in the future.
- Take yourself out to breakfast.
- Read a book you enjoy for 15–30 minutes.
- Make a gourmet dessert.
- Buy yourself a new workout song.
- Watch one or two episodes of a show guilt-free.
- Enjoy an at-home spa day.
- Turn of any and all screens for an hour and enjoy the peace.
- Host a game night with friends.
4.) Celebrate Small Wins
With each accomplishment, it’s important for you to take a step back and celebrate your success. Celebrating small wins is an important way to track incremental achievements and work toward much larger goals. Plus, it makes you feel good more often.When energy is low, it can be challenging to accomplish anything. Try as you might to set goals, without energy, it’s understandable why the couch would have so much more magnetic pull than the treadmill. When you celebrate your small victories, you will give yourself little hits of energy that will add up over time.
5.) Plan Your Time Ahead. …
By planning ahead you’ll be able to take advantage of that time to get things cheaper or prepare properly for a change in your business, spending less time course correcting. Planning ahead means you won’t have to worry about what will happen tomorrow or next week.
You can use an app or keep a journal.
Prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency. For example, look at your daily tasks and determine which are: Important and urgent: Do these tasks right away. Important but not urgent: Decide when to do these tasks.
6.) Write in a diary for 5 minutes a day
The Five Minute Journal is popular for a good reason – it’s one of the best guided journals out there. It’s one of the simplest ways that I have found to introduce a daily gratitude practice in my life, and more importantly, to maintain a positive mindset.
The Five Minute Journal Questions
- I am grateful for…
- What would make today great?
- Daily affirmation. I am…
- 3 Amazing things that happened today…
- How could I have made today even better?
7.) Take your time.
““Nothing comes as an accomplishment instantly. Success does not come overnight. Patience is the key! Grow up and be the tree; but remember it takes dry and wet seasons to become a fruit bearer, achiever and impact maker!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes“