I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: what gets tracked, improves.
If you have to write down everything you spend your money on every day, you’re going to be a lot more conscious and careful with your finances. By the same logic, if you have to journal every single calorie or piece of food you put in your mouth, you just must start eating a little bit healthier.
It sounds like it’s too simple and easy to be true, but keeping track can be really motivating.
What gets measured, gets worked on.
What gets consistently worked on, get better (or gets done!)
There is one caveat, however. This principal does have its limitations.
It can only work with so many things.
Imagine if you tried keeping track of every little thing going on in your business and life, from how many tweets you send out daily, to how many steps you take during your lunch-hour walks. You’d end up spending too much time keeping score and not enough time actually doing the work.
The solution is simple. You only get to pick a few goals, honing in on the big important ones, preferably, and keep track of those.
Taking inspiration from Gino Wickman’s business book, Traction, I made up a simple scorecard that you can download for free here. It prints 4 to a page, so simply cut the page into quarter sizes, and you have 4 portable scorecards that you can carry around with you everywhere!
Keeping track is simple. Just write your main priority goals in the left column and where you want them to be at by the time you get to the right column of the score card. In the first week column fill in last weeks dates in the top top box (for example, (7/5 – 7/11) and the numbers that occurred by the end of that week according to the goal. Then, as each week passes, input your numbers for that week. To keep yourself even more motivated, you can also add your percentage of growth (or decline) from week to week.
Keep this card in your purse, by your computer, or wherever you can easily access it and look at it on a daily or at least weekly basis. It will help you stay on top of the goals you’ve decided on for your next 6 months and beyond, and keep you motivated to reach and go beyond the challenges you’ve set for yourself.
Accountability, even if only to yourself, will help to keep you pressing on.
Did you find this downloadable resource helpful? If so, please share this post with your friends so they can print out their own scorecards too! I see a lot of progress and improvements in our future.