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After Goal-Setting Comes Goal-Tracking

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Journal
Keeping a daily journal of your progress is a great way to review your challenges and successes. Include how you do and how you feel in regards to your progress. And remember, if this is your main tracking tool, you must do it every day for it to be effective. If you're short on time, develop your own shorthand system or template to save time, such as rating how you did on a scale of 1 to 5.

Report to a Buddy Daily or Weekly
Find a friend you can talk with briefly—online or by phone—to help track your progress in tackling your goals. Make sure you choose a positive person who’s willing to help and encourage. Better yet, find someone who has goals of their own and can use your input as they track their progress.

Your Current Planner or Agenda
Chances are that if you have a planner or daily agenda, you can use it to keep track of your progress toward goals. You can even set aside the same spot on each daily page to make notes, check off accomplishments, and outline next steps.

These are just a few ideas to help you start tracking your goals and progress. Remember that you can combine several of the tools (a daily calendar, for instance, summarized with a more-detailed, weekly journal entry). Just as you wouldn’t take a long trip without planning your route and watching the road signs, you shouldn’t expect to accomplish long-term goals without planning your journey and monitoring your progress. Create a roadmap to your success by writing down your goals—then track them to determine whether you’re chugging along, need to refuel, or should revise your route.
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Member Comments

  • I started bullet journaling to track my food, water intake, workouts, chores that need to get done, appmts, etc. It is better than a planner and is shorter and more concise than than a regular journal. You can find all kinds of ways people Bullet journal on line, I use a moleskin, it fits in my pocketbook and I can carry it everywhere. It helps me keep track of everything in one place. I have found to be helpful in organizing my life. I have accomplished tasks around the house, I put exercise in as an important part of my routine - I have lost 13 pounds since using the bullet journal and Spark People together. - 3/5/2016 8:27:10 PM
  • I made myself a star chart. For every good behavior, I give myself a star. For example, I give myself a star for every day that I drink 64 oz. of water. If I get a star every day for a week, I get a bonus star. Stars can be redeemed for rewards that I've chosen for myself. I use it to track my chores, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and even work goals. - 1/7/2016 10:34:57 AM
  • ABLEWAYS
    I highly recommend goals on track. For just over $5 a month, at $65 you get a years subscription. Also, setting goals and enhancing ones optimism, success and happiness can be done for free at happify. There are 12 free tracks and for $12 a month you can attain all 30 lessons. Thanks for the great article.
    Sincerely,
    Wes - 7/14/2015 4:42:26 AM
  • Loooked up Mindbloom it is awesome
    going to download it to my phone and Ipad
    I love it
    Mahalo
    Meleana - 1/7/2014 1:57:51 AM
  • Here's a great, free, holistic goal setting site and game: Mindbloom--Life Game. http://www.mindbl
    oom.com/lifegame .

    It has categories for all major aspects of life to keep in balance (finance, spirituality, relationships, etc.), it has a customizable goal board, it incorporates to-do lists that get points when marked off, points taken away when scheduled but missed, a social component to encourage others, and if you go to their page on your smartphone and click on "add app" then you can keep track of everything via phone. You can also "buy" things with your points/seeds similar to how SP allows you to use points to give goodies.

    Here's a great video they made to show how it all works:

    vimeo.com/30401
    872# - 11/9/2013 6:24:44 PM
  • Fantastic ideas here I will incorporate many of them
    - 8/19/2013 3:50:19 AM
  • Grest article because it's great when you can talk with others going through the same thing you going through. - 7/1/2013 9:19:13 AM
  • Here is a good FREE Goal Sheet that I downloaded

    http://www.mygo
    alworksheets.
    com/My_Goal_W
    orksheet.pdf

    Hope it helps you too
    BLESSINGS !

    PS- just copy and paste into your browser - 11/27/2012 11:06:21 PM
  • Great article, very down to earth and achievable no matter if you are a beginner or veteran. I especially like the annalogy of planning a trip. I know how to plan a trip-we drove to Yellowstone National Park 2 years ago! We were gone 2 weeks. Without planning this would never have happened. I know how to track, but my fitness goals need the same kind of planning to be acheived. Right now they arent much more than wishes. - 11/5/2012 10:53:26 AM
  • I actually incorporate 2 of these ideas. I journal daily. I call it my mood journal, but really it's to track any fluctuations in my mood. I think I might be bipolar, but first I want to try this type of therapy before I resort to other things, like meds. And my journal, is actually a Daily Planner. I plan on getting another one at the beginning of the year to track Nutrition and Fitness Goals, after the baby is born. But for right now, I'm just trying to track my moods. I also track exercise and fitness, although on a different site. I think I will start back tracking on Spark at the turn of the year as well, though. - 11/5/2012 6:11:33 AM
  • Excellent article, usable ideas. No pie in the sky here. - 5/4/2012 1:13:17 PM
  • The spark goal tracker is great, though another tool I enjoy using in conjunction with the spark tracker is joes goals. - 1/27/2009 12:35:48 PM
  • Really dovetails into the features that Sparkpeople provides. Bravo! - 10/13/2008 1:05:55 PM
  • Really dovetails into the features that Sparkpeople provides. Bravo! - 10/13/2008 1:05:55 PM
  • I'm trying to keep a written journal but only seem to get to it once a week. I love the idea of a shorthand system or at least giving the day a rating if I don't have time to write an entire entry. Great idea! - 6/9/2008 8:42:03 AM

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