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2018.10.21 Kaizen – one step at a time

Goals in my journal

One of the things I keep track of in my journal are my daily goals.

We all have goals or tasks, or whatever you want to call them. Some years ago I started with a system of getting my goals done. It is easier to complete a goal or make something to a daily practice if I keep track of it.

At first, I made a list with the aid of these 4 squares:

New (once per month)Do more of
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • etc
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • etc
Do less ofStop doing
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • etc
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • etc

Then I made a choice of which items were most important to me. One from each column.
Every night I wrote a note of which goal succeeded and which one needed improvement.
And every month I evaluated whether items have to get off the list, which to keep, and which new ones I will add.

All this evolved into a list of things I nowadays do daily. And I developed a very simple system to keep on track: every item has a chain of empty circles behind it with the day of the month at the top. If I completed the item I make the circle green. If I failed the next circle is made orange, so in the end, it’s very clear which goals are easy-peasy to me and which ones are not yet.

Some goals are not “done or not done”, but have a complicated meaning. For those, I use several colors.

It looks like a lot of work maybe. You can trust me, it’s not. And coloring at the end of the day is a soothing activity.

Besides, it’s really rewarding to see that goal setting helps. This way I made it a habit to daily:

  • exercise half an hour
  • walk 3 to 6 km
  • meditate 10 minutes mornings and evenings
  • water my plants
  • practice Spanish
  • write
  • and much more

I am proud of myself 🙂

^hm

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