I don’t think it’s any great secret that I love goals way too much.
Setting them, reviewing them (I wasn’t always great at this part though), getting them, helping others to set and get theirs, etc.
I’m working on a new e-course at the moment and so I’ve been reviewing and looking at much of what I’ve written and applied over the years, and I know that I know that I know one of the main things contributing to MY success is goals night.
What happens on Goals Night?
(the last day of the month)
- I look at the goals for the month that has just ended.
- I highlight the ones that I completed. Sometimes it’s only a portion (e.g. goal was 5 books; I read 4 = 0.8/ 80%).
- I’m motivated by numbers so I total up because I like to see that I accomplished 80 or 85%.
- I look at what worked, what didn’t, analyse why and then decide how I want to change things for the month ahead. It’s my monthly review.
- Then I set new goals after consulting with my calendar because it’s really just setting yourself up for failure if you don’t take into account the small issue of your actual life, not your fantasy life 🙂
- I have a template set up in Word with the categories below (a simple list on a two-column page)
Some questions from Rachel on the Facebook page
What about recurring goals?
I have many recurring goals. Here are 5 of them:
- read 5 books a month, 1 of them non-fiction
- go to gym 8 times
- 2 dates with Dion, and 1 with each of the kids
- write 12 posts for this blog
- do my Project Life for the month
I like to keep them on the same page because I organise my goals by category, but I also suggest trying to keep them in their own section if you don’t like your once-off goals mixed up with your recurring goals.
What are my categories?
- God and ministry (Faith)
- Fun and recreation
- Health and fitness
- Business (anyone think of a cool word starting with an F?)
How do I track my goals and do I use an app?
There are 3 parts to this question:
1. I’m a very visual, paper-loving girl.
65% of us are visual learners; so am I. I need to see things and have them in my face otherwise they don’t get done.
My goals are stuck into the first page of the month in my diary, I have one copy in my goals folder and just this month (why did it not occur to me to do sooner?!), I also have a copy stuck up on the cupboard.
I like to highlight the goals as I complete them or in the case of recurring goals, I made little lines next to the item until I reach the goal number and then I highlight the entry. I highlight because I like to still see what the item was, but it’s clear that it’s DONE!
2. I’m tired of spending money on apps that don’t “do it” for me
In the interest of blogging material (and because it’s fun), I looked through about 43 apps in the iStore earlier this year.
None of them quite did it for me, and I wasted over R100 buying paid versions of things that I’ve since deleted.
I found that a lot of them only tracked 3 – 7 goals. I have on average 24 – 30 in a month. I’m okay with that and I’m not trying to make you feel bad, but when I put a lot down, I get a lot done. Don’t worry though – I put a lot of relaxation-type things down: socials, playing with photos, family fun, reading, and so on.
If you have a great goals app to recommend, let me know.
3. I track my goals using…
Currently I use Goodreads to track my book reading and a useful little app called Springpad to track movies I’ve watched because I can’t remember movie names (no longer active). There is much more to the Springpad app but that’s how I’m using it.
As for the rest, I keep an old-fashioned Excel spreadsheet to track my goals activity.
That’s it – goals made simple the Marcia way.
Paper, pen and if you’re a bit OCD, a simple Excel spreadsheet.
Do you have a Goals Night?
How do you track your goals?
It would be remiss of me not to mention some fantastic goals resources:
2. My own Goals Combo Pack with a) how to set and achieve your goals & b) Big, Juicy Goals
It’s how I’ve been setting and achieving between 90 and 100% of my goals for the last 15 – 16 years.