Many people set goals for themselves, whether it be their career progression, a New Year's resolution or another ambition. However, in order to find out how well you are doing, you need some way of measuring your progress. There are a number of ways to do this, to help you achieve your objective.
Things You'll Need
- Graph paper
- A progress ranking system
Goals With Measurable Units
Define a goal that is clear and achievable within a specific time frame. For example, you may want to lose 10 pounds in a month, or run five kilometers within two weeks.
Begin slowly, as too drastic a change can cause early failure if you attempt too much, too soon.
Research your goal and look for a program that you can use to help you reach that goal. For example, there are many dieting programs or fitness regimes available. Select one that will help you in your endeavors.
Set a weekly goal, such as losing a pound in a week or being able to run an extra 0.5 kilometers without stopping. Decide on a day each week when you will measure your progress.
Measure your progress on your chosen weekly day. Chart your actual progress against your target goals. You may need to adjust your regime if you are falling short of your targets, such as reducing your calorie intake or spending more time on your fitness.
Goals Without Measurable Units
There are some goals without specific measurable units, such as an improvement in family relations. These can be more difficult to measure, but it is still possible.
Set a specific, regular time when you will measure your progress, for example every month.
Measure your progress against time, and define your own rating system. For example, you may adopt a system based on how you feel, measuring your progress from 1 to 5, with 5 being very satisfied, and 1 being very dissatisfied. You could also measure progress by the number of hours per week spent on fulfilling your goal.
Keep track of progress by creating a time-line, showing time periods (such as days or weeks) alongside your rating, or the hours per week you have spent on this task. You can then see at a glance how well you have been doing. You may also wish to visually chart your progress on a graph, with time as the horizontal axis and your rating or hours spent on the vertical axis.
On your chosen measurement day, be realistic and honest with yourself about how you feel progress has gone. You will only deceive yourself if you are dishonest.
Tips & Warnings
- Always be honest with yourself about progress.
- Reward yourself for an achieved goal to give you an incentive.
- Chart your progress on a visual graph if possible.
- Tell others about your objectives so they can help you along the way.
- Do not set an unrealistic goal; this will lead only to failure and disappointment.
- Beware of negative influences, such as pessimistic colleagues.
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