Every month or so, I review my 2016 goals to see if I’m on track. In fact, some goals get checked way more often – like my reading goals. In order for me to achieve my read-100 books-in-2016 goal, I have to finish an average of 2 books every week. I use Goodreads to record what I’ve read and it automatically tells me whether I’m on track or not (at press time, I’ve finished 15 books since January so I’m ahead of schedule)
But for some goals, I have to manually evaluate my progress. No problem. I have my goals on a note pad in my phone so I can refer to them easily and keep them in mind.
The issue: When I was browsing my goals/resolutions list, I realized I have a resolution that’s not attached to a goal. How can that be? I’d resolved to practice French for a few minutes every day but I set no goal to evaluate my progress. Mistake. Practice is one thing but how will I know if I’m getting better without an evaluation of some sort or some goal to strive towards.
The fix: I decided to adjust my 2016 goals to include a benchmark of fluency in 100 days.
A couple years ago, I started a video-a-day series on a website that required me to post short videos every day. My goal was to practice towards fluency in French in 100 days. It was going well, that is, until I stopped. The video clips were too short – the site only allowed 10 seconds and I spent more time editing than speaking the language. Epic fail. But I am doing it again.
This time, I’m uploading the videos to my YouTube channel so I can control how long the videos are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEq9_AZDdRA
Click this link for a laugh or two and watch me stumble my way towards mastery of the language I have always wanted to learn.
Have you had to revise any of your 2016 goals yet?
Other posts you might like:
- The Difference between Goals and Resolutions
- When you want to do more than just order French fries
- 4 Steps for moving from failure to success