This is a simple yet highly effective way to keep track of your goals and your progress towards achieving them…
Whether or not you are a sports fan, you are almost certainly familiar with league tables; a list of all the teams that are in a division and what position they are currently at. It’s an instant reminder to the team and their supporters of where they are relative to their goals. So why not make your own Goal Table? Here is how to do it.
A Goal Table is a chart with three columns. You can make this as large as you wish – maybe on a large sheet of paper from a flip chart, pinned to your wall, or a smaller A4 sheet. You could also create it on an Excel spread sheet or a similar program. The most important thing is that whatever you produce it on can be seen by you easily at least once a day and can be simply updated.
The first column is headed ‘My Goals’ and on the basis that everything you do has an impact on everything else you do, and that there is more to life than just work, you should include personal as well as business goals. List at least ten of your most important goals in this column.
The second column is headed ‘Current Position’. On a scale of one to ten, one being where you are now in relation to achieving your goal and ten being ‘goal achieved’, put that number in the adjacent column.
The third column is headed ‘Year End Target’. This does not have to be a ten because some of the goals you have decided to achieve may take a longer period of time.
Update your goal table weekly. This will give you an immediate snapshot of where you are in relation to achieving your goals – the hard stats – and what areas require the most attention to move you towards where you want to be.