Though the new year has come and gone, as has the time for new year’s resolutions, it is literally always a good time for goal-setting. Goal-setting has no season, it has no start date or end date. I set goals habitually throughout the year, as do many of the most organized and successful people I know. One thing that has helped me immensely with my goals is writing them down, and today I’m sharing a few of the benefits of writing down your goals.
It Requires Taking the Next Step
It’s easy to mentally rattle off a few goals you hope to maybe someday accomplish. But physically writing them down requires you to take the next step and put a bit of forethought into your goals.
You Are Forced to Clearly Define Them
Writing down your goals requires you to put them into words. Obviously, the more specific your goals are the better and writing them down forces you to get a bit more specific.
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It Keeps You Motivated
Having your goals written down in front of you keeps you motivated, as you continue to see them. I write mine down in my planner. I know plenty of people who write them on post-it notes and put them near their computer. Basically, write them down somewhere you’ll have to see them again and again.
You Can Track Your Progress
Writing down your goals gives you an avenue to track your progress. Maybe it’s on the page where you write your goals, maybe it’s keeping a spreadsheet and filling it out each time you hit a milestone while referencing your original goal.
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You’re More Likely to Accomplish Them
Quite a few studies have shown that when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to accomplish them. The points I made above are probably big reasons why. If you’ve been struggling to reach your goals, it might be worth taking a shot and writing them down this time around.
Are you in the habit of writing down your goals? Do you feel like it helps accomplish them?