Youtube Video – How I Achieve My Goals With A Weekly Summary

In this video I share my strategy of how I track my Annual Goals with a Weekly Summary. 

This was a new idea that I tried in January 2015 and the spreadsheet has turned out to be an invaluable tool for me. It helps you to keep on track of your annual goals by breaking them down into manageable weekly tasks. It bridges the gap between where you are today, and where you want to be in 12 months, 6 months, 3 months and 1 months time. 

The Weekly Summary compliments the spreadsheet and acts as a journal of sorts. You look back at the previous week and analyse your performance against your weekly goals. You give yourself credit for the positive actions and critique the areas where development is needed. 

The premise of this spreadsheet is simple but it’s not easy to keep to. It’s like most things that are worth doing! 

Being truly honest with yourself when you’ve done well and poorly takes courage and commitment. I kept to the Weekly Summary for 4 months and I enjoyed every single session. It paved the way for me to leave my 9-5 job later this year. I got complacent and felt that I didn’t ‘need’ to do it anymore so I stopped, and as a consequence my actions and results haven’t been as dramatic as they once were. 

I leave my 9-5 job for good in October, and I want to get back on track with my Weekly Summaries as they made a huge difference to my life this year. I’m hoping they’ll help with this difficult transition. 

If you want to progress in any area of life – lose weight, earn extra money or spend more time with loved ones – I would recommend this more than almost anything else out there for getting proven results!

What do you think? 


Do you follow a similar strategy already? Are you interested in trying it out? Please let me know your thought!

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  • M from There's Value

    Reply Reply 7th September 2015

    I've been thinking a lot about this lately. We have a spreadsheet for long- medium- and short-term goals, but we do not break them down into weekly. Like you say, the results can be dramatic wehn you break down the goals to small, manageable, weekly chunks. It also makes you feel good to see your progress towards the bigger picture.

    I felt led to revisit Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule – I studied American history and he was one of my favourite characters. I've read his autobiography several times (it's short!). But as I was recently thinking about goals and plans for the future, he popped back into my mind.

    He was super productive and lived to a ripe old age. I think part of his success was due to his daily schedule. You should check it out! Here's a link to a blog post about somebody who tried it:

    http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/i-lived-by-ben-franklin-schedule/

    Cheers

  • jiminyork

    Reply Reply 8th September 2015

    Hi Hew
    Over the years I've been surprised by how powerful goal setting can be and it's a fantastic tool to have to hand if you are committed to it. Probably the best book I read on the subject was Goals! by Brian Tracey, and one of the funny things about goal setting is seeing how the world sometimes seems to tilt positively toward you as you move toward your objective. (Anyone who has seriously had a go at goal setting will know what I mean by this). The other funny thing about committing to serious objectives is how easily you stop doing it, despite seeing how it works for you! Haven't quite worked out why that happens though.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 8th September 2015

    Hi M,

    Thank you sharing the post on Ben Franklin. I've heard so many good things about that man. I've quickly scanned the article, and will give it more time tonight, but I like the simplicity of it. It reminds me slightly of the 5 minute Journal, which I'm also doing and a big fan of.

    Weekly and even daily goals make a huge impact on output and results. It's all about momentum in my opinion. consistent daily wins count for so much!

    Cheers
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 8th September 2015

    Hi Jim,

    Well said! I'm a big fan of Brian Tracy too. His 45 mins Youtube clip on how self made multi-millionaires become successful was a turning point in my life to invest Blog and get to where I am now!

    I love your last point on how easily it is to stop working to a goal, even when you know it works. For me, a couple of things happened – I stopped my weekly mastermind sessions with someone, I missed a couple of reviews sessions after this and knowingly lost the habit. At the same time, my Kindle was doing well and I fell into the 'I've made it' made set (to a degree anyway!).

    What's changed for me now?

    I've realised the importance of what I'm doing – going into working alone. I've missed the weekly reviews, and I know they work.

    It's similar to some people (not really me) for going to the gym and eating healthy. People know it's good for them, but they knowingly choose not to do either. Their 'why' isn't strong enough to put the work in.

    The sessions aren't easy, neither is the gym, but the satisfaction gained from doing both is awesome.

    For anyone that's got out of the gym habit or any habit for that matter, is about getting back on the horse as soon as possible. You'll realise that you missed that feeling and the effort is worth it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jim!
    Huw

  • M from There's Value

    Reply Reply 10th September 2015

    Not sure if you use an android phone or not, but I recently discovered the 'my effectiveness' app – you'll probably recognise some of the sections from Stephan Pylarinos' site as well as the '7 habits' book. I'm just trying the app out at the moment, but it seems pretty good, take a look – it's certainly the best productivity app I've come across so far.

    Cheers

  • Jim McG

    Reply Reply 10th September 2015

    Hi M I studied American History at Uni too, largely because I could do a year of my degree in the States! Another historical figure heavily into goal setting and personal development was Adolf Hitler (allegedly). Unfortunately he hadn't read Covey's Seven Habits and therefore had not done the work on his value system.

  • Jim McG

    Reply Reply 10th September 2015

    Hi Huw
    On the subject of gyms, I once saw a TV programme that stated that some fitness clubs had realised if they could keep members attending for seven months, they'd be hooked in for good. So in Month Six, when many members seemed to give up, they would bombard them with special offers and promotions to keep them attending. It seems a good rule of thumb, keep something going for seven months and you'll have the habit truly grooved. The latest one I'll be trying this out on (hopefully) is my blog!

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