In our previous post, I told you that, with our new ‘Your Goals’ add-on our members can
- set out, prioritize, and track your goals’ accomplishment
- analyze the charts about the achievement of your previous goals
- improve your future goals both as a result of consistent goal setting and achieving, and from the insights discovered from the charts
After describing Your Goals Tracker tool in our previous blog post, which takes care of the the first point of the list above, it’s now time to tell you about Your Goals Charts, which can be used to accomplish the next two points.
Before we go to the analysis part, let’s take a few tiny steps.
If you haven’t set out any daily goals yet using Your Goals Tracker (not today, not ever), here’s how your daily chart will look like this:
You access Your Goals Charts after you log in your Private Hub, from ‘Your Goals Charts’ option in ‘Training & Tools’ menu. The 3 missed / unset goals represent the goals you will potentially miss out for today.
Once you set out your first goal, the chart will look like this:
It says “set out, without finality”, because you haven’t marked it as achieved or failed yet (before the end of term, which in this case is 3am New York time).
Next, let’s see how the chart would potentially look next day, before any new goals for the next day are set out. Three more “unset / missed” goals are generated for the new day, before you set out the new goals.
In the example above, for today I would have all three goals set, two of them achieved, and one, for exemplifying purposes, failed. I like to water the lawn, I find it relaxing, but it isn’t in my 3 goal list today. Also, there are activities I regularly do at some sites plus small advertising tasks I wouldn’t add as daily goals unless their daily pattern is out of the ordinary, taking much more time and focus than usually.
The same simple process — only the period is longer and the goals bigger — is repeatable for every term, from weekly goals up to yearly goals.
Now let’s see how we can analyze these charts and draw conclusions about our goals and how we can improve them. I’ll use my own (real) data to exemplify.
Since my first daily goal was set on my own account I use at Adrian’s Hub as a member, these are, comparatively, the results for my all daily goals and only for my main goals. They both betray my initial lack of habit in using the tool through the high levels of ‘unset / missed’ goals. You can also see I am much more focused on hitting my main goal first (over 13% more achieving rate than the overall rate for all goals; note: you can also target 2nd and 3rd goals together or just one of them to draw the chart).
If you notice the two forms above, they are available to upgraded members (and in this particular situation with charts comparison and more options to premium members only). This way you can target specific time frames and goal types, for a more accurate understanding of how you performed in the past, to be able to improve in the future.
Back to our analysis, here are, by comparison, my daily charts for the last 15 days only:
As you can see, looking at the overall charts, there’s a massive reduction of the ‘missed / unset’ goals from 36.7% to 15.6%. Keep in mind, that if you don’t set out a 3rd goal for a day, for example, it counts for this category. A similar reduction is noticeable for the main goals.
The ‘set out, but without finality’ outcome for a goal is reached when we don’t mark it as achieved or failed before the term of the goal is due. If it’s a goal we work on and still under our control it’s ok, but if we forget about it or ignore it and the term passes, then we have at least a problem of not creating a habit to mark the goals as achieved or failed before their term expires. That’s why this percent should also be under control and minimized over time.
What worries me to some extent is the overwhelming proportion of achieved daily goals, with only 2.2% failed daily goals overall in the last 15 days and ZERO failed main goals. For me this is a signal I am not setting out bold enough daily goals.
However, if we couple this analysis with the weekly charts
we notice there is a consistency in the level of achieved goals. Plus no unset goals in the weekly charts, which probably means the longer the term the less likely to assign only one or two goals for it.
Another point to analyze for me if this hold in the future, is why I have a bigger percent of failed weekly goals than failed daily goals? Is it because I didn’t set out higher daily goals, because my daily goals were not always in alignment with the weekly goals or because some weekly goals were unrealistic?
The analysis I presented above is rather brief. We can look at changes from quarter to quarter, for example.
All the charts of the analysis part were taken using a premium account, but that doesn’t mean a free account doesn’t give you plenty of information. Especially at first, before you have a consistent track record of using Your Goals Tracker, you can use Your Goals Charts with confidence as a free member. When you already have months if not more of using the tracker, details provided only by the pro and premium views of Your Goals Charts will be not only useful, but necessary, in my opinion, if you want to use the full power of the new add-on.
I use this add-on myself as you can see above and I will continue to use it because I know what potential it has (even beyond what it is already available; for example, I will add an improvement to tracking next week, with more implications for the future). But first things first. Start using the tracker, on a daily basis, to build a track record of the achievement of your goals.