When it comes to goal setting, a lot of people are just plain wrong. They don’t understand how to properly choose a goal, let alone how to actively achieve it. And that goes doubly so for their daily goals.
Yet those are the same people that are constantly dolling out advice to their friends about how to do x, y, and z. They talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.
You don’t need that. Especially when it comes to your goals.
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I’ve used the process of goal setting over the years to:
- Lose weight – 30 pounds
- Read more – 1-2 books/month for a year
- Get healthier – Ran multiple half marathons
- Change my financial future – Started several businesses
- And more
I’ve experimented with the goal setting process and have figured out what works best.
Do I always reach my goals? No, no one does. That’s where overcoming adversity comes into play.
But what I have done is figured out the system that you can use time and time again to set and achieve your goals. Where even if you come up short, you can identify what is broken and can easily fix it.
It’s something I talk about at length in my goal setting course but will also touch on here.
What you need to understand about goal setting
I know, I know. You came to this post because you wanted to learn about daily goals. You want to set your daily goals, achieve your daily goals, work on your daily goals.
I get it.
But first, you need to see how your daily goals fit into the overall scheme of things. You need to understand what goal setting is.
What are goals?
Goal setting gives you a plan for your time. It requires you to look at who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow, and then asks you to bridge the gap between the two.
For example, you may recognize that you don’t love where you live today and want to move somewhere better within the next 6 months. That’s a goal.
Or you could be completely over your job and want to start your own business this year. That’s another goal.
Goals look at who you are today, who/where you want to be tomorrow, and how to get there.
Why are goals important?
You can do amazing things with your life if you use your time effectively. If you spend your 24 hours each day to the fullest and have a plan, you can learn to harness and control it as you wish.
It’s not easy though and you need to have a strategy for how to spend your time.
Goal setting is one great way to do that. Because goal setting gives you a plan for your time.
It shows you where you need to go and what you need to do so that you can create a better life for yourself. That is the power of goal setting.
If you’re just getting started with this concept, I recommend these posts to start:
Goal setting and your daily goals
So how is goal setting related to your daily goals? See it like this – your goals are the big picture and your daily goals are the “little picture.”
If your goal is to save $10,000 over the next 18 months (a long term goal), your daily goal could be to save a certain amount of money each day to help you save up that amount overall.
Or you could have a goal to read 1 book this month (a short term goal). Your daily goal in that case then could be to read a certain amount of pages each day to help you finish the book in time.
The goals you set are the big picture. They are the macro. That thing off in the distance that you are working towards today.
Your daily goals can be seen as your daily actions. The micro. The things you need to do each day to help you achieve your macro goals.
Breaking it down – your daily goals
There is more to the goal setting process than just setting macro and daily goals. There are things like:
- Determining what the right goal is to choose in the first place
- How to plan out your goal in both the macro, micro, and in-between
- When to take action
- And what to do when you hit roadblocks
For that, there’s the goal setting course. I’m not mentioning the course again to convince you of it. I’m doing it to let you know that there’s more to goal setting than just your daily goals.
A lot more.
Take a look at the curriculum and see for yourself.
So moving forward, know this – the purpose of setting daily goals is to help you reach your overall big picture goal.
Don’t see daily goal setting as its own thing. See it as piece of a much larger puzzle. Once you have your goal and plan in place, then you can set daily goals to help you make the progress that you’re after.
In other words, daily goals = daily actions. Use them to help you achieve your checkpoints and goals and move forward each day.
Daily goals examples
I’ve touched on them a little bit already, but I’ll give you a couple more daily goals examples to help solidify your understanding.
Again, your daily goals should be the actions you take each day to help you reach your overall goals.
Example 1: marathon
Let’s say your goal is to run a marathon within the next 6 months. That is your goal. From there you realize that the daily action you need to take is to run 1 mile/day to get in shape for the marathon (not real training advice, just an example).
So in this case your goal is to run a marathon within 6 months and your daily goal is to run 1 mile each day.
Example 2: book
Or let’s say that you want to write a book within the next 8 months. That’s your goal. Then you recognize that in order to reach that goal you need to write 1500 words each day. That would be your daily goal, aka daily action (again, not real writing advice, just an example).
So your goal is to write a book within the next 8 months and your daily goal is to write 1500 words/day.
Your daily goals will help you achieve your overall goals. They are the daily effort you take to ensure that you are working towards what you want to achieve.
How to achieve your daily goals
Finally! The reason you’re here – how to achieve your daily goals. To do that, there’s an exclusive tool that I’ve continuously used to keep me accountable, focused, and determined.
You don’t need some sort of daily goals app or daily goals template. You don’t need a daily goals planner.
What you need is an Accountability Tracker.
What is an Accountability Tracker?
An Accountability Tracker (AT, for short) is a tool that you can use to track and record your actions each day. Often in the form of a spreadsheet, it’s a way to:
- See what you need to be doing each day (ie. your daily action)
- Confirm that you are putting in the work
- And prevent you from making excuses. You’re either putting in the work or you’re not.
Why you need an Accountability Tracker
When it comes to goal setting, there are a lot of variables. Especially when you’re first starting out with a new goal, there are going to be a lot of things that you just don’t know yet.
Plus, working towards a goal, particularly a challenging one, is often daunting and hard to do.
That’s why an AT is so nice – because it shows you what you need to be doing each day and keeps you accountable for doing it.
By using an AT, you can see if you’re actually putting in the work or not.
So if you’re not making any progress but can see that you’re putting in work each day, you can recognize that your daily actions are misaligned with your goal and can then change things.
Or if you’re not making progress and see that, based on your AT, you aren’t putting in enough effort, then you can make adjustments to start putting in more work.
The AT is the tool that you can use time and time again to help you achieve your daily goals.
How to create an Accountability Tracker
First and foremost, if you want to learn how to create and use your own official Accountability Tracker you will need to enroll in my goal setting course. Plain and simple, the course is going to give you the info you need to successfully set and achieve your goals. I highly recommend it (even though I’m biased).
That said, I want you to walk away with from this post with something actionable.
So while there isn’t enough room here for me to dive into a step-by-step walkthrough like the course provides, I am going to give you a simplified process for creating your very own “light-version” of the AT.
Here’s what to do:
- Consider what daily action you need to take in order to achieve your goal
- Write that action down on a spreadsheet, doc, or piece of paper
- Put in the work
- Open up that doc each day and note whether or not you completed your daily action
- Continue to do that daily
- Watch how you start to make progress towards your goal
- And if you aren’t making progress, recognize whether you need to put in more work OR change your daily action
These aren’t the most polished directions, but again, I want you to be able to create a simple AT on your own that you can get started with right now.
So take some time – 15 or 20 minutes – and go through the steps above. Create your own “light version” of the Accountability Tracker and see for yourself how you can start making swift progress towards your goals.
Daily goals plus your week, month, and year
You may be thinking: how does the Accountability Tracker help me set weekly goals? How does it teach me how to set monthly goals?
Your AT will help you put in daily action. It will help you achieve your daily goals.
In turn, the more daily goals you complete, the more weekly goals you’ll complete, which will lead you to completing more monthly goals, which will eventually lead you to reaching your overall goal.
As for setting weekly and monthly goals though, that’s a whole other beast in and of itself. For that I recommend the following posts:
Moving forward with your daily goals
Time is the most valuable thing you have. Don’t waste it! Use time to your advantage by setting goals for yourself.
Use the goal setting process to create a plan for your time.
When you treat your time as a tool to be harnessed instead of something that you just want to have pass you by, you can start to do amazing things.
With your macro goal in place, use daily goals to ensure that you are moving forward each day. Consistent, meaningful effort is the key to achieving your goals and taking daily action is imperative.
Use an Accountability Tracker as your exclusive tool for achieving your daily goals and keep striving to achieve great things.
Your effort will pay off, so keep going!
PS: And if you are ready to take your goal setting seriously, I highly encourage you to take a look at my goal setting course.
I know I’ve mentioned it a lot in this post.
Some may argue too much.
But the reason I bring it up is because of the value I know it will add to your goal setting life. Whether you’re new to goal setting, or have set goals in the past but know there’s room for improvement, this course will give you what you need to know.
It will take you from start to finish: from choosing a goal, to planning it out, to taking action, to understanding what to do and what to avoid along the way.
I recommend it because I know the positive impact that it will have on you. So when you’re ready, you can learn more about the goal setting course < there.