Measuring your progress is important if you want to get those positive emotional effects.
Here are 4 ways to measure your own progress
1. Track daily goals
We’ve found this helps us to get an overview of our day personally, and see how productive we’ve been, as well as share with the team what our daily progress is on each of our tasks and work goals. Having our progress shared publicly helps to motivate us to get more done, as well.
2. Track daily goals with the Seinfeld method
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a method for maintaining a consistent pace of improvement that he shared with another young comedian once. The Internet found out, and it’s since been dubbed the “Seinfeld method” or Seinfeld strategy.
It’s one of my favourite methods of building up a daily habit or progress towards a larger goal. It works like this:
- Keep a calendar where you can check off each day that you complete your daily goal
- Keep doing this every day, and soon you’ll have a chain of days you’ve checked off
- Don’t break the chain
That’s it. Pretty simple, but eventually you’ll find you’ll have hundreds of days chained together, and skipping one will be much harder since it’ll set you back to a chain of zero.
3. Track weekly progress with a show-and-tell
This is something you can easily do with personal goals, by setting up a roster of friends, colleagues or family members to meet with weekly. Accountability can go a long way towards motivating you to keep going when your goals seem far away.
4. Complete a monthly personal review
Schedule a 30-minute meeting with yourself to occur in 1 month, and to recur every month after that. Make the meeting non-negotiable, and if for some reason it has to be rescheduled, reschedule it but don’t cancel it. – Buster Benson
Reviews are really personal, and they need time to evolve into something you find beneficial for helping you track your progress.
I created an awesome printable that I use to track my own goals you can download below.
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