Measuring your progress for the goals you’ve set is the second part of the SMART Goals method.
After all, you won’t know if you’re making progress or gaining on your goal without a way to measure it. When progress is measurable, you can track how far you’ve come, keep focused and stay motivated. Call it celebrating the small milestones you complete along the way.
And to facilitate assessing your progress, you’ll need a set of criteria for measurement of progress.
Criteria for Measuring Your Progress
Similar to the Specific step used in SMART Goals, you will most likely need to answer a few questions regarding your goal as a criterion for measuring progress data:
What is the indicator of progress?
How many or how much refers to progress as an indicator of what success for your specific goal looks like.
The indicator of progress signifies the way in which you decide to track the progress you have made. This varies significantly depending on the goal.
If it’s a business goal, maybe the indicator of progress is gross sales over incremental chunks of time.
Or it might be the number of pounds lost per week, if your goal is to get to a healthier weight.
Celebrating the Small Accomplishments Along the Way
Tracking how far you’ve come within the goal is important because it will keep you focused on your ultimate goal. Motivation will be gained by the ability to celebrate the milestones of the progress you have along the way.
And imagine the feeling looking back after some time and being able to see how far you’ve come! I’m starting to get giddy with excitement thinking about the success there is to be made!
And not only is having an indicator of measurement helpful for keeping track of your accomplishments. It also helpful when it comes to consistency, allowing you an easier way to track and measure your goals in time increments that make sense for the goal you’re trying to attain!
For example, checking in on your business goals and progress once per month can help with measuring progress. But it can also aid in detecting what methods work best for your business, and what methods don’t.
Now ask yourself, can the same be said if you only checked in once per year?
Not at all! Because waiting an entire year to evaluate progress to see what does and doesn’t work in your business, would be way too late for any effective adjustments to make an impact.
Having an indicator of measurement helps you effectively track your progress allowing you to celebrate those small successes when you make them. And it also allows you to stop and recalibrate your game plan if you’re falling off track or your progress is slipping. It can happen, we’re human!
But if you’re consistent in tracking your progress with the help of your indicator, you can allow yourself enough time to make some tweaks that can get you back on track.
Finding Your Indicators of Measurement
So let’s Use the same goal as above, to lose 10 pounds by exercising more. More specifically stated, “I will go to the gym to work out for 45 minutes every weekday morning before work, in order to lose 2 pounds per week.”
Now not only is the goal specific and clearly stated, but we have added the quantity of measurement for the goal which is 2 pounds per week.
In this case the indicator of measurement would be the scale.
In the arena of business, an example might be, if the goal is, “I will build brand awareness through social media, to increase gross profits by 20% per month.” The quantity of measurement and the indictor is the profit increase in comparison to previous months.
The use of profit tracking tools can also help and serve as an indicator of measurement by keeping all of your data in one place that’s easily accessible by you!
Time to Start Measuring Our Goals
Putting the SMART Goals method to use has proven to produce a higher success rate for goal achievement. Measuring your goals is an important part of this process. When you track your progress, you will have the ability to stay more motivated towards your goal and keep a stronger focus.
So, how will you be measuring your goals from now on?
And if you haven’t already, feel free to opt-in to our free 7 Days of SMART Goal Making Email Challenge to help keep you on track of striving towards your goals!