"What gets measured gets done." (Peter Drucker)
If you have been following my posts this month, I am focussing on goal setting and achieving, something Brian Tracy talks about in his book Goals: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible. If you want to learn more about how to set goals, visit my post "Chasing Butterflies vs. Digging for Gold" at http://alinefromlinda.blogspot.ca/2015/01/chasing-butterflies-vs-digging-for-gold.html.
Once you have set your goals and put your plan into practice, you need to measure your goals. One blogger suggests the following:
1. Track your daily goals at IDoneThis, an e-mail based productivity log started in 2011.
2. Join a goal setting website like www.goal-buddy.com (set your goal; build new habits; manage your tasks).
3. Use the Seinfeld Method. Keep a daily calendar in which you check off every day that you complete your goal. A chain of checks starts to develop. Try not to break the chain. Visit here for a Don't Break the Chain Calendar: http://www.writersstore.com/dont-break-the-chain-calendar.
4. Keep a journal. If you are working towards something intangible, like being more content, journaling is a good forum for showing the progression of your daily feelings and state of mind.
5. Schedule a weekly dinner with your family, friends or colleagues to review your weekly goals. Accountability goes a long way.
6. Schedule a monthly review of your monthly goals. Are you focussing on your major goal? What are you goals for the following month?
7. Assign each goal a measurable unit ex. chore chart with tasks and time allotments; a chart to spend more time with your family ex. weekly date night with spouse; # of activities with children.
8. Other ways to measure your goals are: rate your goal achievement on a scale of 1 to 10 (very unsatisfied/unhappy versus very satisfied/happy). Assign a monetary value to your goal ex. If you don't follow your plan one week, you give so much money to charity.
9. Each month ask yourself: Whether the goal is still worth pursuing. How you're doing? What action steps are needed to bring you closer to your goal?
Note: There is a difference between tracking your goals, recording what you have done, and measuring your goals, calculating how far you've progressed towards your goal.
For more information, visit http://www.wisebread.com/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals.