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As an effort to keep myself honest and ensure that I will be able to accomplish my goals, I like to do regular reviews on my progress. My process includes monthly reviews, quarterly reviews, and year-end reviews.
It may seem like I am overdoing it, but, trust me, there is a method to my madness.
My monthly reviews let me know if I need to change the way that I am approaching my goals or if I need to improve on anything.
It is a long enough period to identify any issues but a short enough period to act on any issues before it is too late and the issues become too significant.
For example, one of my goals this year is to read 4 books by the end of the year or about 1 book per quarter. If I haven’t even read one page of the first book by the end of the first month, then my monthly review will signal to me that I need to change my routine and give myself some time to read.
My quarterly reviews let me know if I am on track to accomplish that year’s goals or if I need to speed up somewhere in order to catch up.
It is also during the quarterly reviews that I reassess my goals and decide whether I should scale them back (reduce the target), up them (increase the target), or perhaps add some new ones.
Using the same example of my goal to read 4 books by the end of this year. Let’s say I somehow managed to have read 3 books by the end of the first quarter. I, then, would have a choice to either leave my goal as is so I can focus on my other goals, up my game and try to read 3 more books by the end of the year, or set additional goals.
My year-end reviews give me a view on what I accomplished for the year.
It is actually a quick review for me since I have already performed monthly and quarterly reviews throughout the year, so I use this time to reflect on any lessons learned and try to figure out my goals for the next year.
How are you tracking your progress? Do you have any good tips or tricks?