With March quickly coming to a close, the first quarter of the year is almost over. You can make new goals and review your progress any time of the year, but I think each new quarter is a natural time to see how you are doing and what you need to change. It is also a great time to re-evaluate your goals and make some concrete steps for the next several months. One thing that has been helping me stay on track this year is the free printable habit tracker I created.
I talked a little bit about my word of the year for 2016 earlier in January. My word is “do”. I often find that, personally, I get stuck in the planning and figuring things out stages. Then, I often don’t know how to begin or I get stuck in fear.
So, this year I created goals for myself to work on in four major areas of my life:
- Family and marriage
For each area, I thought about what I wanted my life to look like one year from now and what I would need to do to get there. I have been focusing on one new habit a month for each of the four areas. It isn’t too overwhelming and if I don’t feel like I made good progress, I repeat that habit for another month.
I am not looking for perfection. If I have a day or two that I mess up or don’t do exactly what I wanted to do, I am trying really hard to just chalk it up as life and move on to get back on track the next day. I am a bit of a perfectionist and I tend to give up really easily if I get off track – why bother if I can’t do it exactly right? So instead, I have been focusing on progress, not perfection. If my goal is to drink more water every day, and I reach that goal 25 out of the 30 days of one month, that is 25 more days than if I had not been working towards that goal.
Click to download: Habit Tracker
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I have been keeping the previous month’s goal on my worksheet so that I can continue to track it for a few months until it feels like second nature to me.
What habits and goals do you need to work on for the next few months?
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