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Goal Setting Worksheet - How to Set, Track and Monitor Your Goals
The key to turning your goals and dreams into reality lies in developing a way to monitor and track and measuring your progress on a daily basis. To achieve you goals you will need to change your habits and priorities.
You will need to make changes so that what you do shifts towards focusing on what you need to do to achieve your goals. You will need to set targets, milestones and stages and realistic time frames. You need to set up a way of tracking your progress, getting feedback and making adjustments.
This article discuses how to set goals, how to set up timetables and schedules and simple ways of monitoring your progress in achieving your goals.
Key Steps for achieving your goals:
- Establish and visualize your goals - Begin by reviewing mentally where you are now, where you will be with goals achieved, how you are going to reach your goals, what steps or stages will be required and what changes you will need to make.
- Develop ways of quantifying what you want to achieve, create action plans, develop stagers and milestones and schedules so that you can define a series of steps on the journey towards your goal.
- Develop ways of managing your daily tasks. You will probably need to re-establish priorities by focusing on the things related your goals and less on other things. This reassignment needs to be done on a daily basis and you will need a way of tracking these changes.
- You will need a daily log of time spent on various activities, or percentages. Only by tracking your time will you know you are making the changes needed to achieve your goals.
- Keep a log of your progress towards for your goals, and some way of comparing where you are now with where you should be if you are on track. The stages must be measurable so that you can track them.
- Measure and review progress and be adaptable and ready to make changes. Stay positive and keep motivated. Reward yourself when you reach each milestone.
- Modify your habits by building new ones as you change your priorities.
To monitor and track your goals you need a simple online tracking system such as Datzee Goal Tracker. This simple online tool allows you to specify what goals you want to achieve and when. It also allows you to define five things that you want to monitor daily to assess your progress towards meeting these goals. It includes graphs and plots to show you how you are going. It is FREE to register for NOW.
Back to Basics - What is a Good Goal
- It must be conceivable. You should be capable of conceptualizing, imagining and understanding what the goal means and the desired result you are trying to achieve. By visualizing your goal in detail, including the milestones and steps along the way you are conditioning and motivating yourself to achieve success.
- It must be believable. Your goal should align with your own set of values. You must firmly believe that you can succeed. You have to believe in yourself and that you can do it. You must believe that one day you will have the goal in hand.
- Your goal should be achievable. You should have the physical and mental capacity to reach your goal. But the goal should be a challenge and require that you stretch beyond your normal self-imposed limits.
- It should be measurable. You need to be able to quantify your goal and the things you will use to judge success or failure. It may be measured as dollars, weight, time spent on an activity, number of hits on a site or some other metric. If you can't measure it you will not be able to assess your progress. What is measured need not be the goal itself but could be something that relates to it.
- It should be under your control. You should be in charge of it, or a significant part of it or something you can reasonable achieve with the help pf others. If you can't control the delivery of the outcome you may not be able to achieve the goal. You may not be able to control all the circumstances but you should be able to control most of them to deliver the outcome.
- It must not interfere or destroy other parts of your life that you are not deliberately trying to change. Make sure your revised priorities do not interfere with your life's balance when you are trying to achieve your goals. Focus on the important things not just the urgent one and learn to take control of your time. This makes an important contribution to reaching the your goals.
- It must be truly desirable. You must really want to achieve your goal and be willing to do what it takes to achieve it. The desire will drive you to greater efforts and help you to work harder to reach your goal.
- Your goal must be a significant, real and positive achievement and provide you with a real challenge. This will help you feel good about yourself when you achieve your goal.
- Your goal must provide real benefits, and have positive benefits for you, not negative outcomes.
- Select a goal for the right reason as something that will benefit you, not someone else.
Test your goals and the various steps to ensure they satisfy all of the above requirements? Without a written commitment, a plan, a schedule and milestones or steps your goal could remain only a dream. If your goals meet these requirements you will be more likely to succeed and you will be more satisfied with the outcome!
Make sure your goal helps you personally, not other people? A good well structured goal gives meaning and purpose to lives, generates enthusiasm, provides direction and helps you feel good about yourself. It gives your life a worthwhile focus and purpose.
© 2011 Dr. John Anderson