This is the third and final installment of a three part series, How to Accomplish Goals. 

Part 1:  Write It Down!

Part 2:  Write Down a Step-by-Step Timeline

We have talked about writing down your larger goals and then breaking them down into smaller goals along with giving yourself deadlines along the way.  The last essential step to this process is to periodically check on your progress.

I mentioned earlier that one of my goals for this blog is to get my Alexa rank below 100,000 by the end of the year.  As my Alexa rank goes lower, it goes down more slowly (or up sometimes!), so it is easy to get discouraged.  However, when I check in on my progress, I can see that I really have improved.  On January 7th, my Alexa rank was just below 200,000.  Now it is 112,111.  For the last week it has bounced back and forth between 111,000 and 114,000, which, on the short term can be very discouraging.  However, when I see that 3.5 months ago it was around 200,000, I can really appreciate that I am on my way to accomplishing my goal.

Likewise, at the beginning of every month I post what I have accomplished financially.  This keeps me accountable to keep striving for success, and it also shows me how much I have accomplished.  In addition, the information continues to guide my actions in the future. 

Yes, some people can thrive without writing things down, but I personally find I accomplish much more if I take the time to write down goals, set a time line for accomplishing them and then monitor my progress.

What about you?  What is your best suggestion for making sure you accomplish your goals?