How I made progress on my goals in 2013!

by sunil ravulapalli /31. December 2013 07:07 /other /Comments (0)

I always had goals for every new year, but some how after an enthusiastic beginning I always loose track of them. This pattern started reappearing last year too. So instead of setting goals for each year, I decided to set goals for each month and track its progress by noting down what I did to achieve those goals on each day. Some of the monthly goals were

1. Read a half/full book
2. Write 4 blog posts
3. Contribute to 4 questions on Stackoverflow
4. Workout 12 days

these broke down to 25% of a book, one blog post a week, one stackoverflow a week, 3 days gym a week.

I began to note down in an spreadsheet my progress each day. If I read 5% of the book on the 1st, I put 5% in my sheet for the 1st on the book row, if I wrote a blog post on the 3rd, I put in 1 for the blogs row in the spreeasheet. This gave me the satisfaction of looking back on what I achieved and planning in time for what I have left. Below is an example of my tracking spreadsheet

November   Target 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Agile Principles, Patterns 38.00% 100 30 0 0 0 33 35 38 0 0 0
Attend Meetup/conf : 2 0.00% 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Videos : 300 mins 0.00% 300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project: 24 Days 17.50% 1200 0 0 0 45 45 45 75 0 0 0
Blog Posts : 8 37.50% 8 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
SO Posts : 8 12.50% 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Gym : 16 days 25.00% 16 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Eat Fruit : 20 days 20.00% 20 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Tennis : 8 days 12.50% 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

This technique is a proving to be a great success for me. I have 52 blog posts this year, reached a reputation of 470 on Stackoverflow, read almost 6 books in 8 months. I still did not succeed in the my Gym goal, but spreadsheet is a reminder of how little I am working out! I will continue to use method of tracking in the new year with my new goals. Give it a try!

 

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