What gets measured gets results – the things we measure are the things we improve on.
The human mind loves to receive feedback and one of the most motivating things we can experience is evidence of our progress.
By measuring your results, you get insight on whether or not you are making progress and this is why measurement is so critical for effective goal setting.
- People find when they keep a food journal, they eat better.
- If you measure how many sales calls you make a day, it becomes very evident if you aren’t doing enough to reach your targets.
- Want to get better at push ups-measure how many you do every day.
- Learning a language, practice something every day.
Measuring isn’t only about the final result or achieving the goal. It’s about accountability and honesty to yourself. It’s about seeing if you are meeting the standards you set and spending time on the things you actually said you would.
Track your progress everyday:
This can be done on a weekly or monthly calendar, however, I really like the visual of a monthly calendar.
To start, mark your standards into the calendar. What days have you committed to taking action? Put this in the calendar.
Track your progress every day. Did you do what you said? Put a big green tick on that day.
Did you miss meeting your standard that day – put a big red cross on that day.
This is a great visual of how you are tracking and a really good way to keep you accountable. No one likes receiving a big, red cross.
Here is a photo of my standards for this month. I have two focuses for this month – pull-ups (PU) and no wine during the week (W). The green ticks are where I’ve met my standard and the crosses are the times I didn’t.
Never miss two days in a row:
Now I’m not perfect (as you can see from the photo!) but I have found I am more likely to meet my standards if I am measuring and tracking daily. If I do miss one day, my rule (or standard) is never miss two days in row. Rather than beat myself up if I’ve missed, I just make sure I don’t have another red cross the next day.
What new habits or standards to you want to live by? Set the standard, write it up on your calendar and track your progress each day. Let me know in the comments below how you are going with this.