Tracking Your Progress without Straying from Your Big Goal
“Make measurable progress in reasonable time.” —Jim Rohn
Welcome back, class!
In this lesson, we will learn how to track our progress toward our Big Goal.
A simple and easy way to track your progress on your Big Goal (if you don’t already have a method in mind) is to use our Goal Tracker Spreadsheet. Don’t be intimidated when you first open it up! The Goal Tracker Spreadsheet looks roughly like this:
It might look like too much to deal with, but we promise that it’s not complicated once you see how it works. Let’s look at the three important areas of the Goal Tracker that you need to understand in order to use it. They are the pale green rectangles labeled A, B, and C (in green) on the following image:
Green Rectangle A: This column, labeled “Date,” is where you will type in the dates that you’ll be working on your Big Goal. Simply determine which day of the week that your first day of Goal Work will land on, and then type that date into the empty white box that’s just to the right of that day. Enter every consecutive date in the boxes below that. The Goal Tracker Spreadsheet includes enough pre-labeled space for two months (eight weeks) of progress tracking—just scroll down!. If you need or want to use the Goal Tracker for any longer, then you can save a new copy of it and continue on a fresh sheet.
Green Rectangle B: This rectangle highlights two columns that contain checkboxes in either the YES column or the NO column underneath a heading that asks, “Were You Scheduled to Work on Your Goal Today?” The point of this part of the Goal Tracker Spreadsheet is for you to click the box under either YES or NO in each row based on whether you have Goal Work scheduled to be completed that day or not.
Green Rectangle C: This rectangle spans four columns that all relate to the heading, “Did You Work on Your Goal Today?” This section simply asks you to track your Goal Work by clicking the checkbox under either YES or NO, according to your real-life progress, and then type any notes or relevant measurements that make sense for your particular Big Goal in the column to the right of the checkbox you clicked. If you did complete your Goal Work for that day, then record any data (e.g., reps, number, hours, minutes, miles, pounds, etc.) under the heading, “If YES, Record Measurements.” If you did not complete your Goal Work for that day, then type why that happened in the box labeled, “If NO, Why Not?”
That’s all it takes to keep track of your Big Goal progress!
1. Use the Goal Journal to track your progress.
2. Each day, mark whether you worked on your Big Goal on your calendar or Goal Tracker Spreadsheet. Whenever you miss a day, reflect on why you missed it and how you can prevent it from happening again.
3. Set alarms to remind yourself to check back in with your Goal Tracker and report your progress.
Great job, everyone! We’re halfway there. For the first half of this class, we focused more on the tactical ways that we can accomplish our Big Goals. But we haven’t yet touched on many of the psychological aspects of achieving our goals, and neglecting these can completely derail even our best efforts. Therefore, in our next lesson, we will learn about the different mindsets that can sabotage our Big Goals.
Samara Veler and Jordan Thibodeau
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