Goals don’t mean anything unless you accomplish them and in order to accomplish your goals, you have to effectively track them. That’s right, tracking your goals helps you accomplish them faster, allow you to see your progression more clearly, and even motivates you by hitting milestones.
Let’s face the reality, goals are not meant to be easy, they are meant to be difficult to push your mind and body to limits previously thought unattainable. That’s the great thing about setting and accomplishing goals; you take yourself out of your comfort zone and experience new abilities that will build confidence.
Let’s now learn how to effectively track and accomplish your goals.
Keep Track Every Step Of The Way
As stated above, goals are not meant to be a walk in the park. They are supposed to be difficult. Therefore, it may be easy to get distracted depending on the goal itself. When you become distracted, you break your focus, and this can have a domino effect on achieving long-term goals.
It is important to set short-term goals throughout your longer-term goals. This way, it’s easier to stay focused, motivated, and reduce distractions when it comes to achieving your long-term objectives.
This is why you have to track your progress every step of the way:
- Weekly goals should be tracked daily
- Monthly goals should be tracked weekly
- Yearly goals should be tracked monthly
Track your goals all the way through and don’t take shortcuts. You’re not fooling or hurting anyone else besides yourself. Even if it takes longer to check off that goal than planned, it will still be beneficial to finish it.
This holds true, especially in the manufacturing industry. In the manufacturing industry, a lot of tasks are streamlined. Therefore, by setting short-term goals such as understanding how certain machinery works for different functions of a job, and mastering them, you’ll eventually be able to run a large section of the plant and train your team as a supervisor or manager.
Check Up On And Check Off Your Goals Regularly
Goals are supposed to keep you motivated. Therefore, you should keep constantly checking on them. Keep them in the back of your mind at all times. As soon as you wake up you should check on your progress and before you close your eyes to sleep you should be thinking about how you’re going to improve the next day.
Remember what inspired you to create this goal in the first place. Maybe it is to provide a better life for your children or maybe you just want to check things off a bucket list before you die.
By constantly checking up on and checking off your goals, you’re always aware of how you’re progressing and obtaining your accomplishments. Also, you’re gradually training your mind to be in tune with your objectives in your everyday life. This aids you to get excited about taking on a task such as at your workplace.
At work, if you focus on professional goals and stop being distracted by things that have nothing to do with your job, you’ll become a much more valuable employee. In the manufacturing industry, it is advisable to make a checklist of your goals and check off tasks as you go towards achieving your overall goals.
Track Your Goals Effectively By Breaking Them Down Into Steps
Break your major long-term goals into actionable short-term steps that lead up to that overall goal. If you’ve calculated that is would take a year to complete your major goal, break it down into monthly goals and then break those monthly goals into weekly goals.
Then, go one step further and break those weekly goals into daily goals, for which you can track fairly easily.
By doing this the mountain which is the long-term goal doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. The mountain now seems like a little hill, which is more bearable and you can clearly see the top (end result).
When you’re at the top of that hill, you assess your achievement and get ready for the next little hill and you keep going until you’re at the top of the mountain.
Quantify Your Results
Turn your goals into an enumeration. This means, add a number element to your goal. If you’re working out, write down the number of repetitions you’re doing per set. If you’re doing cardio, count the time it takes you to complete a mile.
If you’re reading a book, try to get a sense of how many pages you read per session and try to improve on this every time. This is how you improve, get faster, and become more efficient at what you do.
At your job, if you’re working on the supply chain, for example, packing boxes on a forklift. Add up the number of boxes you’re able to pack per hour. Then, try your best every day to increase this number until you’ve reached your maximum ability. By doing this, you will eventually increase your output and get the attention of your bosses, which will, in turn, lead to getting promoted.
Tracking Your Time To Complete Task
If you track the time you take to complete your tasks, you’ll reach your long-term goals faster and you’ll know if you’re on track or not. Learning to become efficient and effective at your personal and professional goals is one of the most important skills a person can develop.
Don’t rush your short-term goals. Try to master these short-term goals so that you are proficient and when they come up again you can finish them fairly quickly, moving onto bigger tasks.
A lot of tasks in your daily life whether at work or personal are things you do repeatedly. Minimize the time it takes to do these repeated tasks, so you have more time to focus on more important goals.
Track, Assess and Accomplish
Setting goals can be complicated and a lot of people do not accomplish them, because they do not develop the right mindset before taking them on. It is vital to track your goals at every step of the process. Constantly assess your progress, and if necessary revising it, no matter how small until you get them right.
Training Gems has been coaching businesses and individuals in the manufacturing industry for over 20 years with over 220 careers transformed and 40+ businesses consulted. We help set goals, develop strategies, hone skills, encourage motivation, and much more.
If you’re a worker at a manufacturing facility or owner of a plant and would like to advance your life in the near future, then Training Gems are the right partner for you. We take pride in improving the United States manufacturing industry and bettering people’s lives. We offer both in-person and online coaching.
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