Time management Monday: The importance of Goals Journaling

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On your journey toward reaching your goals, it can be easy to forget how far you’ve come. Goals tracking is very useful and I highly recommend it; however goals journaling is different.

In goals journaling you write details of your progress, how you feel (physically and/ or mentally), and you remind yourself of your plan of action.

This type of goals journaling is very useful for recording slow progress, especially when the progress is two steps forward, one step back (as it so often is).

Goals journaling works very well for people managing anxiety and/ or depression, recovering from physical injuries (as shown above), managing ongoing medical conditions, training for a race or event, weight loss, and many other situations.

Journaling helps you figure out what is working and what isn’t, so you can adjust your methods and know when you need to try something else.

Journaling adds the emotional component that simple trackers often lack. When journaling about your goals progress, you can record how you feel about your progress that day and write about things you are now able to do that you weren’t before.

When you look back through your goals journal pages, you will be able to see your progress that might have been too subtle to notice had you not kept a record of it.

When progress takes a long time, or there are some backslides along the way, it can feel demoralizing. You may be tempted to give up on your goal if you think you aren’t making any progress.

But when you compare your current records to several weeks or months ago, you will notice the difference and realize you are making progress after all. This can be all you need to feel motivated to follow through on your goal.

Slow and steady! Progress not perfection!

Planner shown: the new Life Noted planner has pages to help you set and evaluate your goals every month. The weekly pages can be used as a Goals Journal, as your daily planner, or as a combination of both.

The Life Noted planners are available in August-July academic year or January-December formats (click on links for more information including where to buy).

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