It's the same every year, right? You set resolutions or goals for the new year with the best of intentions but by March you've already quit. I've totally been there. For the last 10 years I've been creatively writing and sharing my goals online. To some extent, that practice has helped to hold me a little bit more accountable than I would be on my own.
If you're a list-maker slash goal-setter like me, you're probably familiar with the term "S.M.A.R.T goals" - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. It's with these criterion in mind that I've been setting monthly goals [in addition to my yearly ones] for myself, for most of the last year or two. Having monthly goals is a great way to check in with your yearly goals and set the tone for a new month ahead. Last month, I added the "daily tracker" to my system to break these goals down even further. Keeping a daily tracker is a fantastic way to manage a consistent to-do list with the added visual of seeing your results. I find myself checking this list multiple times a day and filling in boxes. This is both motivating and satisfying.
As mentioned in my previous blog post, Self Love, I've had a shift in perspective regarding healthy living. Being a highly visual person, one of the ways I stay motivated is to see the process. As I started using this new planner system in May, I've set it up a little differently than my last planner. I've decided to use the monthly view as a fitness tracker. Here, I will write down any exercise or notes, as well as my daily steps (I started using a FitBit) and inspiration. Tracking this information is encouraging to me but also part of the bigger "health and wellness" goals that I have for the year.
My advice to anyone who wants to keep track of their goals and to stay motivated with them all year around, is to find a system that works for you. I personally prefer physically writing things down, although I do keep additional records, lists, etc. on my computer and phone as well. The memory keeper in me likes these things to be pretty as well as functional because that inspires me and I love the "records", but this isn't my priority. Functionality is definitely key, and so you'll find that I keep a lot of random lists. I first write all of my goals and plans on notepads before transferring the information. Breaking larger goals down from the big yearly goals to actionable monthly, weekly, and daily goals makes them manageable. Using this planner system track my actions is crucial to meeting my goals.
|This is my Kate Spade Academic Agenda, which I used July 2015 - April 2016.|
|This is my Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner, which I started using in May 2016.|
How do you manage your goals for the year? Do you have a different system for tracking your progress? I'd love to hear about it!