So you’ve set your goals, created a plan to achieve them, and are taking action. But do you review your goals regularly? As you move forward, do you take the time to look back?
Ask any project manager: plans are meant to be changed!
To reach your goals as quickly as possible, you have to slow down enough to appreciate how far you’ve come, learn from this progress, and adjust your plan.
Review your goals: the basics
Review your progress on a regular and consistent basis.
Decide on a review cadence and the content of your goal reviews. Then schedule them.
Guard this precious time
Be sure to protect this time.
If you miss a review session, reschedule it, and reflect on why you missed it. What are you telling yourself is more important than your dreams? Are you afraid of something? Or do you need to adjust your sessions to make them more valuable?
An example plan to review your goals
Annual (1-2 hours): review vision and core values; review annual goals, wins, lessons learned; set goals for next year
Quarterly (1 hour): review vision, values, and goals; review quarterly wins and lessons learned; set goals for the next quarter
Monthly (30 minutes): review vision and quarterly goals; review monthly wins and lessons learned; update desired feelings
Weekly (30 minutes): review vision and quarterly goals; review weekly wins and lessons learned; set weekly focus; schedule everything.
Daily (15 minutes): review weekly focus; review daily wins; review calendar appointments; create daily success list
Tools to try
- Trello is a simple & powerful tool that allows you to create boards, which are lists of lists. This page is a collection that inspires creative uses of Trello.
- Learn the simple process of bullet journaling here.
- Leuchtturm makes a dot journal that’s nice for daily bullet journaling.
The whole shebang
This article is part of Get More Done, a 3-part series:
- Part 1: Stop wasting brain power
- Part 2: The habit that’s costing you hours every day
- Part 3: Why and how to review your goals