Hey Everyone! Today I’m sharing how I organize and track my goals for the year.
Traditionally (from what I’ve seen) people set goals for the year in general – as a whole. That can be quite overwhelming and often tends to create the perfect setting for me to either lose track of my goals, or give up on them all together. I’ve found it easier to set my goals in bite size pieces – as I would do with any kind of long term planning.
If you overwhelm yourself with a huge picture, a huge space, to tackle – you may be setting yourself up for failure from the start. Breaking things down into small bite sized pieces, proves to give you more chances to. That’s when I decided to start tracking my goals this way, and so far – it has worked wonderfully!
Here is how I do it:
I break the year down quarterly
- First Quarter: Jan, Feb, March
- Second Quarter: April, May, June
- Third Quarter: July, August, September
- Fourth Quarter: October, November, December
This gives me three months for trial (aaaand probably lost of error). Once the quarter is over I sit down with my goal list and review them. If something isn’t working, I change it. If I realized that I set an unrealistic goal – I can tweak it or remove it all together. Sometimes I’ve found that I’ve set goals that are too easy, and tweak those as well.
Under (or next to, depending on which sheet you prefer) each category write anywhere from 1-3 goals
I then track them, as I tackle them throughout the quarter, with the goal taker sheet.
For instance ~ lets say that under the category of “health” you have that you want to work out 6 times a week. Well, for each day you work out write down on your tracker that you worked out (use words, symbols, stickers ~ whatever works to help you keep track). When the end of the quarter comes around, you can then look back and see how you kept up with that goal and see if you need to readjust it.Maybe you’ll need to tone it down to 3 or 4 times a week because you see that you just aren’t able to make that 6 a week goal – an unrealistic goal for you…at least for this season of life.
This method not only allows you to review your goals often, but also gives you several checkpoints throughout the year – which gives you many opportunities to reassess your goals.
To download the Quarterly Goals Tracker ~ click on the name below OR the image. :)