Getting Organized to Achieve your Goals

We are one week into the New Year, and unfortunately many people have already forgotten about their New Year's Resolutions. You may find that I have been talking about goals ALOT lately, but that is just one of my tactics for staying focused on my goals this year. If we are talking about them and have them in the forefront of our minds, it's less likely we will fall off track. 

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Today I thought I would share some tips for getting organized to achieve your goals. This doesn't just apply to New Year's goals; they can be used any time of year! (Also, we should be setting goals and/or reevaluating our goals all year long!) 

1. Develop a system to keep track of your progress

Depending on what your goals are, you may need a way to keep track of your progress. There are many ways to do this, but the key is to have it in a place that is easily accessible to you. 

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This year I am all about excel spreadsheets. I developed a mileage tracking form where I also tack my miles walked and push-ups. I have a separate form for managing my budget. I am using OneDrive for business to store these worksheets so I can see them from any device, but you could also use something like google docs for this purpose. 

A handwritten tracking system can also work well, and many may find this more personal. Either way, find something that will work for you!
2. Make sure you keep your goals in sight

For now I have been adding reminders on my calendar for certain things that I may forget about. This also works well for things like workouts- write them on your calendar!

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Once we have our office set up I hope to hang up my goals somewhere in there. You just want to make sure that you see the things you are working towards so you don't forget about them as the year goes on!

As I have said before it also really helped me last year to do monthly check-ins. I added a reminder on my blogging calendar to do a monthly update around the 1st of each month, so that helped to hold me accountable over a shorter period of time.
3. Look for support from others

If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don't have to do everything alone. In the days of the internet there are always ways to find people who are working towards the same goals as you. Seek out tips from others who have been successful at what you are trying to do.

It can also be helpful to seek support from family and friends, whether it's just emotional support or actually asking them to do things that will help to move you in the direction of achieving your goal.

You can also consider hiring a coach in an area where you need support. Maybe look into a health coach or a running coach if those are goal areas for you!

4. Have a plan and adjust as needed

Every goal needs a plan, but goals and plans should be flexible too. Write down how you are going to work towards your goal, but don't be afraid to make adjustments if your initial plan isn't working. It's better to stick to your goal and take longer to get there than to give up all-together!

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5. Fine-tune your problem-solving skills

When working towards a daunting goal, we are bound to run into challenges. Don't let them deter you from your plans; stop, assess, and figure out a way around it. Get used to this because I am sure it will happen all the time if you have a big, long-term goal!

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By planning ahead and staying organized you will be more likely to stay on track towards your goals. It's all about focus and maintaining motivation! 

What are your tips for staying organized when working towards a goal?

What do you think will be the most challenging goal for you to achieve this year?

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55 thoughts on “Getting Organized to Achieve your Goals

  1. I just ordered a new Believe training journal - it should arrive today actually. Looking forward to filling in the blank pages! I also have a spreadsheet where I keep track of my training and then I have Garmin Connect synced with TrainingPeaks. I sometimes wonder if this is actually overkill keeping my numbers in so many places, but I like that each one gives me different information. I would stop using the spreadsheet but that's the only place that I track weather + running stats. I like being able to see how the weather impacts my pacing.
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  2. Adjusting is key. I have a tentative plan for my spring 10k but nothing's in stone. I'm prepping as much as i can with stretching, yoga, icing, chiro visits and sound therapy. I'll see where I am when I need to start building.
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  3. Organization has never really been a strong suit of mine, but I can't survive without having my planner! My old one was finished by the end of December and I'm waiting for my new one to arrive, so the last two days at work have felt chaotic because I don't have my planner in front of me to cross things off my list! It's funny though, I'm really organized at home and HATE clutter, but am the complete opposite at work!
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  4. Great tips! My goal has been to eat veggies every day, and it's been 6 whole long entire days straight now! Ha ha. There would be months, MONTHS that would go by where I'd never eat a single vegetable. I'm dead serious. Anyway, the thing that helps me achieve this goal is planning ahead. Buying veggies ahead of time, chopping them up, putting them in bags, etc. And then I usually try and "get the veggies over with" early on in the day so that I can check it off my list and carry on eating my usual ketchup chips and chocolate bars. 😛
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  5. Great tips. Excel is awesome. I have tried various forms of organization but the one that sticks is a combo of my mac/iphone calendar for appointments and a paper daily planner for to-do lists and workout planning/tracking. I am a little lazy about tracking my workouts - i just put "spin" or "5.5" (meaning miles run) in the margins - since every week is pretty similar and I have all my runs tracked on my Garmin. I NEED the little planner to write down my detailed to-do list every day though, I forget those things so easily and it feels so great to cross them off as I go through my day.

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  7. My goals this year are all about organization! I am always working on new projects and fun challenges but get so stressed because of how unorganized I am, so this year it is all about organization! Thanks for all the amazing tips <3

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  8. Ah, I love a good organization post. I have never used Excel for keeping track of training, but it seems like a quick, easy way to calculate numbers at any point in time. I use the Believe Training Journal and love it. I like how it is broken up into weeks, information, reflections, and check-ins.

    The support component of reaching our goals is often underestimated. There is no way I would achieve 90% of my goals without the support of my family and friends. This year my big goal is to train for an Ironman. I wouldn't be able to do so without support. It really does take an army!
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