HERE AT HIS & HERS, WE’VE WRITTEN QUITE A LOT ABOUT GOALS THIS YEAR – FROM SHARING OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO REFLECTING ON WHEN TO FOCUS ON MAKING SMALL DAILY IMPROVEMENTS AND WHEN TO SIMPLY SIT BACK AND SAVOUR THE MOMENT.
However, today we’re looking at something a little more specific: The importance of measuring your progress when working towards key goals. Perhaps you’re simply monitoring when you fall asleep and when you wake up on a fitness tracker to help you get that all-important eight hours of rest. Or maybe you’re using your calendar to keep track on how often you work out or put in the work on a project that’s important to you.
Alternatively, if you own your own business, you might be using performance appraisal software to ensure that your whole team’s on track and that they’re fully utilising their skills and talents, allowing you to monitor and reward their progress.
However you’re tracking your progress – from the simplest to the most sophisticated of systems – here are His & Hers’ top tips for using daily performance monitoring to reach your goals…
1. Pace yourself and keep track of your progress. If you’re trying to incorporate new habits (such as drinking more water or taking 10,000 steps a day) make sure you have a way of monitoring your progress, even if it’s just drinking all of the water in the bottle on your desk by the end of the working day. Also, don’t try to incorporate too many new habits at once, as this will just increase the likelihood of overwhelm.
2. Tell your friends or colleagues what you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you want to form a new habit like taking a quick walk or run on your lunch break, you could ask your colleagues to hold you accountable and they might even offer to join you so you can chat while you get some exercise.
3. Celebrate the small wins. It can be easy to focus all your attention on the things you haven’t achieved yet and forget about how far you’ve come. Taking time to celebrate your small victories and perhaps reward yourself with a small treat along the way will stop your motivation levels from flagging as you work towards your long-term goals.
4. Find a time either daily, weekly or monthly when you can sit down and take stock, looking at which actions have helped and hindered you as you work towards your objectives.
5. Don’t be afraid to reevaluate your goals. If you’ve been forcing yourself to make time for an activity that you don’t actually enjoy, but which you think is good for you in some way, perhaps you could replace this habit for one which is just as useful but more enjoyable in the short term.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Thirsty Horses. The featured image is courtesy of River Island.
We’d love to hear about how you’re working towards your goals. Please keep us posted on your progress in the comments below!
Related feature: The His & Hers Blog on Goals.