Losing track of goals? Why you need to keep a journal

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Losing track of goals? Why you need to keep a journal

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? At almost three months into the New Year, many of us may have already lost sight of what we were so anxious to achieve at the beginning of the year. However, there is plenty of time to get back on track with your goals for the year. The best way to keep yourself on track with what you want to accomplish this year is to write it down in a notebook or bullet journal.

Visualize your goals.
It’s a lot easier to remember something if you write it down. It doesn’t matter how big or small your goals might be, writing them down is a great way to visualize what you want to accomplish. Get creative and add pictures, drawings, or anything that might help you visualize your goal alongside each goal you’ve written in your journal. “Before” pictures are an awesome way to motivate and track your progress, no matter what your goal is.

Map out a plan.
Anyone can write down their goals in a notebook, but those who choose to map out a plan alongside those goals are more likely to succeed. Brainstorm what steps you need to take to achieve your goals and write them down in your journal. You can add a timeline or small milestones to help keep you on track for both long and short-term goals. Remember, life happens, and that means your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone. Revise your plan as needed, just remember to keep the end goal in sight.

Track your progress
Your journal is all you need to keep you on track when it comes to reaching your goals. If you’ve chosen to add a timeline to your goals, make sure that they are achievable time limits. Don’t set yourself up for failure by adding unrealistic timelines to your goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, set an attainable goal of five to eight pounds a month versus twenty. Be realistic with yourself and know that some goals can’t be achieved overnight. Add progress pictures to each milestone you accomplish to see how far you’ve come. Progress photos aren’t limited to health and weight loss; add pictures for a bathroom remodel, or just about anything that you’re going to make progress with over time.

Reflect.
Set aside some space in your journal to reflect on your progress every week or month. Reflecting is huge when it comes to achieving your goals; it allows you to see what’s working and what isn’t working. If you haven’t reached your latest milestone within your allotted timeframe, it might be time to make some adjustments to your plan. Always make note of what works so that if you’re in a slump you can retrace your steps and get back on track.

Repeat!
Make setting goals a lifetime priority; not just an end of the year event! Always strive for achievement. Whether it’s learning, personal growth, career growth, or simple lifestyle changes, you will end up leading a happier, healthier, more well-rounded life. Some people enjoy setting multiple goals at once, while others prefer to complete one goal at a time. Whatever your preference, make it work for you, and don’t forget about your journal.