It’s hard to see slow progress. Measuring change and recording it to review later can help you see that you are actually making progress and will reach your goal if you keep going. Without any measurements, you might not realize you're really getting somewhere. Every tiny step is progress. Let's look at the value of measuring your progress along the way, how you can do that and why it works.
When it comes to goals, measurement is any method that identifies progress or lack thereof. How often you record your progress will be tied to the specific goal. Some things will be best measured sporadically since this progress is expected to come slowly. Others can be examined on a regular basis, such as weekly because the change is more noticeable. It's important to get a understand the type of measurements you'll want to take. When it comes to goals, measurement is any method that identifies progress or lack thereof.
Measuring your goal lets you see whether you've made a dent, are at a standstill or have fallen behind. This information is useful in helping you to make or adjust a plan of action for getting on track. Your measurements are your guide towards reaching your goal. They give you a realistic "big picture" to how you're doing along the way. Without any type of progress gauge, you might find yourself lost in overwhelm or thinking you're doing better than you actually are. Both scenarios can lead to disappointment and failed goals.
How to Measure Progress
Let's look at just a few ways you may want to measure your goal's progress. Each goal will have a different method of measurement. When possible, it's good to use a quantitative measurement of some type. This is the kind of figure that is concrete and not left to interpretation. Sometimes you can measure by task or plan. Do this by setting up a daily, weekly or monthly activity list for tasks you need to complete in order to reach your goal.
Check off each activity once it's done, and you can easily see if you're on track. Other record keeping methods are good, too, for certain types of goals. Besides tracking pounds lost or dollars saved, you might also want to record your observations. If you're working toward having a more positive attitude each day, keeping a diary or journal is useful in viewing your progress regarding such an abstract concept.
I hope these suggestions have given you some ideas and that you now understand the benefits of measurement in goal setting and are feeling more confident in the process!
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