Tracking the Plan

If you’ve been following along so far, you’ll know that the next step to achieve your goal and make your dream come true is to set up your plan. This means defining requirements and knowing how to track them.

It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

Start answering questions.

What do you need to do to accomplish your goals?

What can you do every day to get one step closer?

Every day should be an opportunity to make progress towards your goal.

Daily weekly monthly and yearly achievements are vital to success. You can break the big goals down into daily executions to make things more “bite size”.

Daily

Daily goals are all about small progress and commitment.

A famous method of daily advancement tracking is the Seinfeld method. This is essentially buying a calendar and marking everyday that your daily goal has been completed. You’re establishing habits.

Lucky for you, there are many daily goal-setting apps for your phone. Here’s a list below:

1. Strides

Strides is a great and easy to use app. Set up a reminder and you’ll never forget what you’re working towards! Pick a goal or select one from the app, set a target or a date and specify what you need to do to turn it into a habit. You can track it all by day, week, month, year or on average! All the data is synced so the latest stats are available from your phone, computer or wherever!

 

2. Way of Life

Way of Life has great visual features such as charts and graphs of your progress. Select a goal, tell the app if it’s good or bad for you, and you’ll get a daily reminder to input what you’ve done. After awhile you’ll have chains, bar charts, pie charts and other visual interpretation of your trends and habits!

 

3GoalsOnTrack

GoalsOnTrack uses a SMART goal setting trend (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) to help you stay on track. The app gets you to break up big goals into smaller pieces so they’re easier to achieve. Offline tracking is also available so you can include how long you spend on tasks. There’s also a great feature for journaling which is an opportunity to give specific details about your goals and progress.

 

4Coach.me

Coach.me offers personalized coaching as a part of its services in addition to its free app. The user interface is user friendly and very appealing. Select a goal, track progress, earn rewards and take advantage of the great community by betting involved and asking questions! If you love it, you can upgrade to hiring a real coach starting at $15.

 

5. Rewire

Rewire is an Android-only app that gives you streaks to motivate you to stick to your goals. There are great graphs available to view your progress. Goals can be separated into different categories such as work, health, personal life, etc. It also offers reminders to ensure you don’t forget to keep up the good work!

 

6. Balanced

Balanced is a different type of goal setting app that helps you focus more on the little things that you wish you’d do more often. This app is great for increasing your level of happiness and satisfaction in a daily life setting.

 

7. ATracker

ATracker is great for tracking the daily routine of how you spend your time. Repetitive routines like commute, answering emails, studying, watching TV, cooking, browsing the web, etc, can be tracked and over time can show you in graphs what your life looks like. Maybe you’ll realize that you spend more time watching reality TV than you thought!

Weekly 

Weekly goals are more about accountability. This could mean reporting to family or friends or completing a small project. On Sundays I sit down for a few hours and write what I’ve achieved during the week for myself. Not for my full-time job. Something I’ve done for me. I’ve even published an example of my daily / weekly goal tracking template! Check out:  Goal-tracking-template

Monthly

Monthly review is based off of what’s been achieved. Templates are available to go back and consider what’s been achieved and if the path has changed or not.

Yearly

Your yearly goal should represent a huge step in your life! If you can look back after a year of working towards and tracking your goal, you’ll have achieved a huge step! You may even be where you’ve always dreamed!

 

And always remember:

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”

 

Ciara

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