a-to-z HEADER [2015] - aprilWe’re already at day three of the A-to-Z, which brings us to:

C for Check-in on Goals

Whether you maintain an annual goal calendar, or you make lists or vision boards of things that you want to achieve… writing those babies down is NOT one of those things where you set it and forget it.

While the simple act of writing down your goals does wonders for setting things in motion, they aren’t going to manifest magically on their own. You need an action plan so you can see the next steps and keep track of your progress.

Let’s say you’re going along, chipping away at your goals, taking baby steps, and something changes. Maybe your job changes, or your schedule changes, or you get invited to take part in a new project (as happened to me) or you discover you’re having a new baby (as happened with one of my besties!).

When things shift, should you toss your goals in the trash?


You pivot. Regroup. Adjust.

Being proactive on your goals goes a long way toward eliminating overwhelm, which can lead to discarded goals.

Set an appointment with yourself.

Check-in with your goals. Make an appointment with yourself—put it on your calendar—to sit with your list to see how things are going.

Ask yourself:

  • Is this goal still realistic?
  • Do I still want this?
  • Now that I’ve been working on it for a while, is the timeline/deadline still manageable?

Answer these questions honestly, and make changes to your goals. Add notes, shift things, discuss with your accountability partner. It’s okay to make changes to your goals. In fact, I would argue that you should.

But be careful, the object here is to keep your goals active and relevant, not to push everything out indefinitely.

Do you set goals? How do you keep track of your progress? 


About the Author Corinne

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  1. Great advice! :) I like being organized, but there are so many moving parts in my schedule… Good to keep in mind to check in sometimes.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I had a hard time at first with the idea of shifting and changing goals. I felt guilty or like a failure for not sticking with the original. But that kind of rigidity is the reason for failure!

  2. I like to have a goal but find the best way to write excellent stuff is to have a challenge, at the minute i’m writing for a project with someone else, and I want to do as well or better than she is doing, that is the very best way in my mind to get yourself going and doing something!

    1. Yes, competition is a great motivator. I feel that when when friends do writing sprints on twitter and I just try to bang out all the words!

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