Did you make New Year’s Resolutions this year? Did you choose a word for year? Did you instead create short challenges and mini goals?
Regardless of how you set and plan goals for yourself, setting goals and planning for success can be time-consuming. If you have taken the time to make a plan, you are on track. But now that you have a plan, how do you succeed in following through?
Planning is time-consuming. Follow-through is hard. How do you make sure that you continue towards succeeding in your goal?
There is one simple task that will help. Write it down.
If you set up a schedule and put it in a prominent place, you will be constantly reminded of the goal you have set. You will either see record of the steps you have taken…or you will see blank spaces.
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I have found it to be highly motivating. Over the past few months, I have recorded:
- bedtime & wakeup times for myself
- bedtimes for my daughters
- number of burpees in a day
- minutes exercised
- miles run
- number of books read to my daughter per day
- water consumed
- daily devotion read
These items are all simple to track. The single easy task of writing it down helps me to feel accountable to my goal.
I’m adding a new goal for this year. Yes, I realize it’s after New Years, but I’m not concerned because there is nothing magical about January 1. I am starting this goal today. I’m going to make sure I read to my 3 year old every single day.
For how long?
I am not giving myself a minimum number of minutes. I’m setting a low goal and am not setting an ideal number. Life happens and there may be a day that I cannot meet the ideal of say…20 minutes of reading.
I can always do more. And I probably will do more.
Runners often say that it’s the first mile that is the hardest. It’s getting out the door. Once you have made the decision to get up, get your clothes and shoes on and you head out the door you have accomplished the hardest part of the run…unless you have a crazy interval workout or 20 miler planned.
Whenever we cozy up on the couch under a blanket with a stack of books, I wonder why we don’t spend more of our days that way. But some days I get distracted and pass up that precious time. Now that I have set the attainable goal to just sit down and read, I have a feeling that we will be enjoying even more books than before.
And this is where the One Simple Task comes in. After reading, I will put a X on the date. Simple. Done.
Free Printable: Children Reading Tracking Schedule 2015
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