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Goal Setting and Keeping Track of Your Progress (Challenge Inside)

By Britt Malka / January 4, 2013
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Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚ A new year has just started, and a couple of days ago my husband and I sat down with a cup of coffee, notebooks and pens and planned 2013.

That’s good. When you have a goal and know what to do to get there, you’re already started in the right direction.

But how do you keep track? And when you look back at 2013 in a year or so, how do you know when you reached a part of your goal, and how do you remember all the small victories along the way?

There’s only one way to do thatโ€ฆ and it’s fun! Let me tell you how…

Keep a Journal

Maybe you’ve tried to keep a journal as a kid? And maybe you’ve written all the small things in it that seemed big at the time. A boy (or girl) who looked at you. Another one who called you names. Your mother who were angry at you. A present you were happy to receive…

It’s so much fun to read such a journal years later. Some events will bring back memories. Others,  you’ll be totally without memories about. Did that really happen to you? Haha, you don’t remember.

And it’s no different today, in fact, even though you’re grown up.

You should keep a journal. And write a few lines in it every day. Write down what you felt during the day. Write which goals you’ve obtained, and what you’ve done.

Use a real journal out of paper, or a virtual. It’s up to you, and there are advantages to both.

But use the journal to keep track of your days, because time flies, and the events you’re certain to remember, will quickly fade.

How to Start a New Habit

Well, this is not my areaโ€ฆ I think I’ll ask my husband to tell us more about this. But there’s one way I know that I am able to start a new habit, and that’s by participating in a challenge.

And that’s exactly what I have in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Actually, it was a ping-pong between Debi J and me that made her create a lens, dedicated to this challenge. It’s free to join, and it will help you get started and stick with the journaling.

Check out Debi’s lens here – and join! See you there ๐Ÿ™‚ => 2013 Journal Challenge

Leo@Professional Income - January 7, 2013

Britt, it’s easy enough for me to make plans — I do that every year around this time. The problem is keeping them throughout the year. A journal will be helpful, not just to write down what happened, but also what your plans are for the year, and how you achieve each plan every day.

    Britt Malka - January 7, 2013

    I see plans more as guidelines. I follow the lines, but sometimes I have to make changes. As long as I keep the main goal in mind, it’s okay.

    Yes, keeping a journal makes it so easy to go back and check the progress ๐Ÿ™‚ And probably also to keep yourself motivated.

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