A Word from Kate Atwell, Project Manager
Setting and achieving goals is an essential part of personal and professional growth. Whether you’re looking to advance in your career or make a positive change in your personal life, setting and tracking goals can help you stay focused and motivated. Here are some tips for setting and tracking goals successfully:
- Start with clear and specific objectives: To achieve your goals, it’s essential to start with a clear and specific objective. Be as specific as possible about what you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it, and how you will measure success. Vague goals are hard to achieve because they lack specificity and don’t provide clear direction.
For 50 & 50 and personally, I always ask myself and my team as many questions as possible to ensure that I’ve nailed down the directive and intention. It helps me with prioritizing, gameplanning, and time management.
- Break down your goals into actionable items and steps: Once you’ve set clear and specific objectives, it’s time to break them down into actionable items and steps. This will help you create a roadmap for achieving your goals and make them more manageable. Each actionable item should be specific, measurable, and achievable within a reasonable timeframe.
Since I tend to work a step ahead of myself, my lists are usually informed by the measures it takes to complete them. When I run into an instance where I didn’t consider an additional step, I turn back to my roadmap and rework my plan of action. Sometimes this requires getting an additional set of eyes on the task or just talking out the plan with my teammates. In all, every project has its set of actions and potential for roadblocks.
- Regularly measure progress and adjust your plans as needed: It’s essential to track your progress regularly and adjust your plans as needed. This will help you stay on track and make sure you’re moving towards your desired outcome. Consider using a tracking tool or journal to document your progress and identify areas where you need to make adjustments.
I conduct regular check-ins on the progress of my tasks and goals. As I mentioned previously, roadblocks will always arise. Regular self-check-ins make it easier to anticipate and attack these issues before they bottleneck your workload. Our favorite tool at 50 & 50 is Clickup. It easily helps us track tasks, assignments, conversations, and all the details for our tasks and goals. I sincerely recommend finding a tool that works for you!
- Celebrate small victories along the way to stay motivated: Achieving your goals takes time and effort, so it’s essential to celebrate small victories along the way. Recognizing your progress and celebrating your successes can help you stay motivated and focused on your long-term objectives.
Who doesn’t love to cross off something on their checklist?! I, for one, love to use color-coded lists and pens to help me tick away at my to-dos. I’ll reward myself with an extra 5 minutes on social media or another juicy chapter of my favorite book. I’d recommend a snack or two but you get the gist! Find little ways to celebrate your track towards success!
- Remember, consistency is key to achieving your desired outcome: Consistency is crucial when it comes to achieving your goals. Even small actions taken consistently can lead to significant progress over time. Set a regular schedule for working towards your goals, and make it a habit. This will help you build momentum and achieve your desired outcome.
In all, setting and achieving goals is an essential part of personal and professional growth. As a near-expert in the goal setting and tracking space, I find it really exciting when someone is able to set a goal and see it through. As you make these types of practices habits, it’s important to try new things and rework the way that you work so as to keep things fresh, exciting, and manageable. After all, you’re going to run out of extra chapters to read on your goal winning rewards but hey, who cares! Cheers to more free-reading! Now go set them goals and get to tracking!