How to follow up on your awesome goals

Remember when we set our awesome goals in 5 simple steps? It’s been a little over a month since then and I’d say it’s high time to follow up on those goals.

I like to check in with the progress I’ve made on my goals at the end of each month. In today’s post, I’ll be walking you through my own goal check-in as an example and you can follow along using your own goals. If you want to know more about setting awesome goals that work for YOU, check out my FREE ebook: YOUR Awesome Goals. Click here to download.

Sitting down and setting awesome goals isn't enough. You also have to continue to follow up on your goals to make sure they're working for YOU. | HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR AWESOME GOALS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Step 1: Start with your big ideas

Having big ideas that work for you is the beginning of achieving your awesome goals. In the beginning of the year, I came up with eight big ideas and when I checked in with them I wrote either “no,” “yes,” or “sort of” next to each of my big ideas to denote whether I achieved the goal or not. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Keep up a weekly blog post schedule — YES
  • Go to the gym more — NO
  • Create more consistent blog branding — YES
  • Floss more — NO
  • Journal more — SORT OF
  • Develop a social media strategy for the blog — SORT OF
  • Buy my own domain name — YES
  • Switch to self hosting — YES

Sitting down and setting awesome goals isn't enough. You also have to continue to follow up on your goals to make sure they're working for YOU.

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Step 2: Break it down again

Now that I’ve determined which goals I need to focus on more, it’s time to break down each big idea one more time, making whatever changes need to be made so that I can start actually achieving that goal. I do this through a flow chart method I outlined in this post and that I elaborate on even further in my ebook.

For example, I wrote “sort of” next to my big idea “journal more” because while I have been good about writing in my gratitude journal, I have not been good about writing weekly diary entries. Last month, I specified that I would write a weekly diary entry every Sunday night, but since this hasn’t been working for me I decided to change the night of my diary entries to Tuesday night.

Last month, my flow chart for this big idea included the following statements:

  • I will use my gratitude journal every day and my diary every week.
  • I will write gratitudes every morning and night. I will write a diary entry every Sunday night before bed.
  • I will keep myself accountable with a weekly planner check-in.

Because this didn’t work for me, I changed my flow chart this month to include the following statements:

  • I will maintain my gratitude schedule and begin weekly diaries.
  • I will make a diary entry every Tuesday night.
  • I will keep myself accountable by setting a task reminder in Swipes and using a weekly planner check-in.

See how easy it was to make this goal work better for me, just be switching a couple of things around? I did this for each big idea that had “no” or “sort of” written next to, modifying my flow chart to better suit my needs and better put me on track to achieve my awesome goals.

Step 3: Add new goals

Since some time has passed since you originally sat down to set your awesome goals, you’ve probably already achieved some of them. This leaves room to create brand new big ideas, break them down, and create timelines to achieve them.

Sitting down and setting awesome goals isn't enough. You also have to continue to follow up on your goals to make sure they're working for YOU.

Because some of my goals were one-time achievements (like buying my own domain name), I found I had some room to set some new goals.

The new big ideas I came up with are:

  • Drink more water
  • Get ahead and STAY ahead in my classes

I broke down these big ideas like I did with all my others and I’m going to keep working toward ALL of my awesome goals. I’ll go back through this follow up process next month on my own and I hope you do the same.

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How’s your goal setting process going? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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  • Wow. These are some great tips! I love how you start with a big idea goal and then break it down further. I’m gonna have to try that.

    • Emily

      Thanks so much I’m so glad you liked them! I love starting out big and narrowing it down rather than just going narrow right away. I feel like it’s so much easier to think of a broad concept.

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    Great tips! I need to get back to writing in my gratitude journal! Thanks for the reminder!!

    • Emily

      You’re welcome! I love using my gratitude journal. I find it really helps me stay positive throughout the day when I start the day off thinking about what I’m grateful for.

  • Caroline Vieyra

    Clever tips for my goals I can’t wait to use these with my goal page in my journal

    • Emily

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I hope they’re useful for you.

  • I use a very similar method when setting goals. I usually break them by the week and some even more by the day. I think it sets you up for success!

    • I totally agree! It’s definitely the most useful method I’ve found and I think it allows me to hold myself accountable more easily.

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