“Keep a progress/positive action diary”
For my January goals I set the idea of an action diary, this would be used to log progress in achieving my goals.
It is something I have debated doing since starting the site – The Manifesto of Perfection was partly inspired by a post on the Art of Manliness about starting a journal. But I realise it is not appropriate for me to write every little thing I do.
Because of this there are some thoughts I did not want to blog about, these have not been recorded and forgotten.
With all the stores selling diaries for the New Year, I decided I would keep a record of progress.
The First Problem
The diary is not as detailed as I would like – I mention writing thoughts and feeling down. I can’t go into such detail.
This is a good thing, the diary helps discipline my use of words and is purely focused on my progress.
Action: If I want to go into more detail about something I will record it on a writing pad.
The Second Problem
I have found that I am not always committing to writing activities. As a result there is a few gaps in the diary.
Action: I will fill my diary everyday, only leaving it blank if I have not actually done anything positive.
But on the Positive side
It is a helpful tool that should be in any goal makers arsenal. The lack of space means I make a simple log of all my goals and other general positive actions.
Because of what I logged I know:
- I have read dozens of books
- Written a lot
- Had a workout
- Done something nice
- Met requirements of a certain goal
- Wrote ideas for a post. One sentence about my girlfriends curiosity about what I write turned into this
Time for me to keep working towards this goal….