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Read this post aloud and notice what resonates with you: Milestones are an encouraging way to track my progress toward my goals, and my personal journal is a great way to empower myself on my journey to accomplish them.

I include my goals and the steps I’m taking to achieve them in my personal journal to keep me moving forward towards my goals and to hold myself accountable.

Seeing each small win pushes me to go after the next one, and having the entries written in my journal provides me with a historical record of what works well, what may be a waste of time, and how my skills and experiences can be put to maximum positive use.

Each day that I work on my goals is productive because I am guided by a list. Before I begin working, I plot out the steps to achieve maximum productivity, based on what happened the previous day.

This approach allows me to focus on the important things and block out the distractions. Each day I take time to plan my activities before I take action, and at the end of my working time, I can analyze what worked best,

Although unexpected tasks sometimes come my way, I avoid losing focus. Having a written plan and logical steps helps me to stay on track as I continue my journey toward accomplishment of my goals.

I adjust my goals for the day and make room for relevant new responsibilities as they arise. I have confidence that I will know exactly what to do in order to keep my forward progress moving, and what can be left to another day so as not to break my flow.

Larger life goals are easier to achieve when I set small milestones along the way. Each week, I allocate time to achieving one of these smaller milestones and I stick to the allocations. I don’t have to blindly focus on just one thing – I can track the 1 – 3 important tasks I want to accomplish each week and use my focus to stay on track.

When I focus on one small task at a time, I avoid feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to do. Creating and maintaining a SMARTER plan – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based, able to be Evaluated, and open for Readjustment – with goals to match ensures that my efforts will stay focused and productive.

When I’m setting milestones and reviewing my goals, I am gentle with myself by setting targets that are within my capabilities while pushing myself to excel and grow in the process of working toward them.

Overall wellness is important as I go after goals. I make time each day to eat right, rest, and exercise so that I have enough strength and daily energy to pursue my targets.

I add those things to my journal because they are important to long-term wellness, and keeping a record of my thoughts, emotions and activities is important for my overall health and success. Once I know the steps taken to achieve my goals, I can tweak what needs to be adjusted, follow what works, and stay focused along the way – my route is not blind or unknown, I have a good idea of what comes next.

Today, writing my objectives in my journal allows me to commit to them intentionally and consistently. I am a believer in setting milestones and reviewing my progress. Life is more fulfilling when I am able to see my results along the way.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What milestones does my journal contain? In what specific areas?

2. How do I make informed, relevant, and reasonable adjustments to my milestones without affecting the path of success toward my other goals?

3. How often do I include milestones for strengthening my relationships with friends?

4. Have I created a reasonable schedule for journaling about my goals and dreams, and have I included time to document my processes, incremental steps, and resources used to empower me to make progress?

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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