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4 Simple Steps To Track Your Progress Towards Your Goals

Plan and Organize Your Time

Take your calendar and plan on organizing your time around achieving all your goals. 

Each week you will have specific goals that you want to accomplish. Throughout each week, you will have a To-Do list that you will work on every day.

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4 Simple Steps To Track Your Progress Towards Your Goals

4 Simple Steps To Track Your Progress Towards Your Goals

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/4-ways-track-your-progress-toward-your-goals.html

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Look at the Big Picture

This is the foundation of keeping track of your progress and also accomplishing your goals.

Where do you see yourself in the future in every aspect of your life?

Plan and Organize Your Time

Take your calendar and plan on organizing your time around achieving all your goals. 

Each week you will have specific goals that you want to accomplish. Throughout each week, you will have a To-Do list that you will work on every day.

Look for Accountability

Share your goals with your spouse or a good friend. 

When there is someone else other than yourself holding you accountable, you are more likely to get your tasks completed throughout the week. 

Celebrate Small Wins

If you are constantly looking ahead and never taking the time to celebrate your accomplishments, you will most likely get burnt out. 

When you get burnt out, you lose the motivation to stay focused on your goals.

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Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

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