September 25, 2019

Tracking Your Goals

I'm a person that likes results, and always set high expectations for myself.
Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

In the more recent years, I've pushed myself and little things to the back burner in lieu of adjusting to a new normal. Life is busy for everyone, we all have different needs, wants, desires, goals and priorities.
There's various areas of life that we can track for goals- mental, physical, spiritual, etc. When life gets crazy it can get harder to remember what you want to focus on. For this reason, I created a goal tracker. More on that, below.
I believe that measuring goals is worthwhile and necessary for growth. If you don't challenge yourself or push your inner-self you won't go the extra mile and perform even better than before. Challenges are good, they are healthy and can transform your mindset in wonderful ways.
When I first entered the workforce after college and was in a sales position, I was reminded that it takes 21 days to make a habit. We were given small forms to write down something we were working on sales-wise and keep it in front of us for 21 days, until that habit became second nature. I'm not one to brag, but I was a damn good saleswoman. I went from being so timid and shy to crushing my goals month after month. I know this system helped me!
So, I created a goal tracker- you can copy the image below and print out one for yourself! Note, I am NOT a graphic designer, but I did my best. The stars are probably not lined up properly in rows (insert shoulder shrug here). 
Print one out and circle the current month- you can start now, or wait a few days until a new month begins. In the goal areas you can write what you are working on. You don't have to do 3, but I'm focusing on personal, health and work each month to keep me on track with my larger goals.
One thing about putting this on paper in front of you is that it is literally an in your face reminder, which I need. The month can be long, or it can be short and the next thing you know you only tracked a few things in your mind. Having the goal tracker in front of me has helped visualize things and keep me on top of it all.
I've also realized that during those REALLY busy months, or stressful days I didn't mark things off in EVERY single column. The beautiful thing about life is, you can take it one day at a time. This goal tracker helps me be a better balanced individual, but ALSO reminds me to give myself grace. We all need to be kind to ourselves, just like we are to others. If you killed it in column A, but column B is slacking a little-it's OKAY and helps you set the bar for the next month.

You can see my goals in the pictures-
Personal: read each day- it's something I've pushed to the back burner and spend time scrolling social media mindlessly- so I'm devoted to getting my nose back in a book each day, even if it's only for 30 minutes
Health: no pop! I've become addicted to pop and it's empty calories. I met with a nutritionist and she pointed it that this is the #1 thing to cut out of my diet to help drop a few pounds. I cut back last month and lost 7 lbs already, so it's motivated me to keep it out of my diet 100%!
Work: write down 1 new thing I've learned each day. Right now, I'm in a position where I'm constantly learning since I'm newer to the role I have. I am learning constantly, BUT I want to make sure I'm keeping these things I've learned in my notes for future reference. I'm not sure if you've heard of or use Microsoft OneNote, but it is AMAZING! Maybe I'll do a breakdown and detailed post on it sometime, but I'm committed to building my knowledge base to push myself further as I grow in this career.
I hope this helps you going forward, or tweak how you are managing your goals and priorities at the moment!

Do you track your goals? How do you keep yourself accountable? 
Share with me in the comments, and feel free to share this printable goal tracker also! Thanks so much for reading, hope your week is great- I'm loving these cooler temps!

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