Tracking your progress can be time-consuming, but it’s also an essential part of reaching your goals.

In most cases, reaching your long-term goals requires you to put in a lot of effort every day for a long period of time. With all of that added effort, the last thing you want to do is to put even more effort into the process by tracking your progress. However, regardless of what kind of goal you’re trying to achieve, keeping track of your progress is a critical component of your overall strategy. If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 of this series to learn a few of reasons why it’s important to track your progress, and keep reading to learn more.

#5. It’s just too easy to focus on the negatives.

Some people see the glass as half full, whereas the majority of people see the glass as half empty. Regardless of which kind of person you are, keeping track of your progress is one of the most important things you can do to reach your goal, but that is especially true if you are a glass-half-empty type of person. The simple fact is that it’s much easier to point something out that’s wrong rather than something that’s right. A toothache is a great example of this. Most of the time, your tooth doesn’t hurt at all, and you can chew and talk without any kind of discomfort. Chances are, you probably don’t give much thought to that tooth — until it starts hurting that is. The same rule applies to your goals. Progress often comes slowly, and if you don’t pay close enough attention, it’ll be all too easy to focus on the negative aspects of reaching your goal, rather than all of the progress you’ve made.

#6. It helps you stay motivated.

As we mentioned above, it’s easy to get caught in an unending cycle of negativity when you’re working towards a goal and just don’t feel like you’re making any progress. And while you may get away with staying motivated long enough to reach short-term goals without tracking your progress, long-term goals require continuous motivation, which is tough to muster if you don’t feel like what you’re doing is actually working. That being said, you should track more than one data point. For example, say you’re working towards a weight loss goal. If you solely measure your weight, it may not look like you’re making any progress, because the number on the scale has stayed the same, even though your pants are fitting looser and you feel stronger. On the other hand, if you were to physically measure yourself and keep track of how you feel, how many reps you can do, etc., you’d be able to see that you are making progress.

#7. It keeps you accountable.

Tracking your progress is almost like you’re very own double check system. After a couple of weeks have gone by, taking a few moments to track your progress will become like second nature to you. That means that when you have nothing to track because you decided to watch binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix instead of working out, you’re going to notice it. Whereas, if you aren’t tracking your progress, it’s easy to let things slip and make excuses. While it’s always beneficial to ask other people for accountability and support, tracking your progress holds you accountable to yourself.

#8. It gives you a reason to celebrate.

Working towards any goal can be difficult, and the longer the journey, the more bumps and potholes you’ll run into along the way. When you’re laser-focused on reaching your goals, you may not take the time to recognize the small victories along the way. Those victories give you the motivation to keep going, and they help to make traveling over all of those bumps and potholes much more bearable. Some victories are obvious, but the only way to recognize those not-so-obvious victories is to keep track of your progress.

Download Goal Plus for an easier solution for tracking your progress.

Now that you know why tracking your progress is important, it’s time to learn how. There’s no reason to keep a journal or a complicated spreadsheet when you have Goal Plus. This personal goal planner allows you to set, track and reach your goal easily, and you can do so using your Android phone! Download Goal Plus today!