Measuring your progress is quite important in one’s everyday life, especially if you want to figure out how well you’re doing at school. Progress measurement should be second nature to people who are trying to improve in a particular field. Unfortunately, not many people know how to measure progress properly or easily. This can lead people to make plenty of misjudgments about progress. If you put more effort into measuring your progress, you’ll be able to get consistent and accurate results. Doing progress checks can actually help motivate you to do better, and help you catch yourself before you fall too low in progress.
In order to ensure that you don’t measure the wrong thing or measure things the wrong way, you need to give some thought into how you define the progress you’re measuring. Sometimes, if you make these mistakes, you can end up being demoralized for no good reason, or even fall behind on progress without knowing it. So, if you want to measure your progress, make sure you’re doing it right. Here are a few ways through which you can measure your progress easily and correctly.
Measure Your Goals
Many people tend to overwork themselves, thinking that more work means more progress. But, what if that’s not true? If you’ve never actually measured that, you can never know whether or not it’s true. Simply being stressed out or overworked does not mean you’re actually getting much progress done. What you need to do is track your distance from your goal and figure out whether you’re getting closer or not.
- The first thing you need to do is to determine the kind of goals you’re going after. Figuring out your outcome goals, like maybe acing a test, are things you strive for and work towards, not things you just do. Process goals, on the other hand, are steps you take to reach your outcome goal. Unlike outcome goals, process goals are measurable, like for instance trying to get all your daily assignments done.
- To measure your progress on a daily basis, see how close you’re moving to your process goals. Keep in mind that how much work you do isn’t what’s important, but rather how much closer your work gets you to completing your daily process goals. After you do that, check whether your process goals are getting you closer to your outcome goals, through tracking your overall movement.
- Lastly, ensure that the process goals you’re making are actually helping you reach your outcome goal. For instance, if your outcome goal is to get an A in Biology, make sure your process goals involve making time to work on biology. Additionally, you can calculate your grade to see how well you’re doing. By keeping both your outcome goals and process goals in line with each other, you’ll be sure to keep up your progress.
Measure How Close You’re Getting
Another easy way to measure your progress is to see how much closer you’re getting to your goal. By seeing how far you’ve gotten from your starting point, you can see how quickly you’re making progress as well.
Say you’ve just started taking a new course and you’re struggling with it. Getting straight A’s in that course might seem impossible or a long distance away; and it probably is. But, simply saying or knowing that you’re not getting straight A’s in that class isn’t a good enough way to measure your progress in it. If you measure things this way, you’re going to get lost trying to figure out what paths to take to reach your results, thus stalling your progress.
What you want to do instead is concentrate on what you’ve accomplished thus far. For instance, if you started out by getting D’s on your tests and currently get C’s or B’s, you can see that you’re making progress. By measuring your progress based on how much closer you’re getting to your goal instead of how much progress you have left, you can actually see that you’re making plenty of progress.
After All is Said and Done
So what should you do after you’ve figured out how to measure your progress? Re-measure and do it often. Once you’ve figured out the best way for you to track your progress, be sure to re-measure it. Sometimes, simple tracking your progress once a week is enough. For some people tracking it more often, like every two or three days, works best.
Whatever you choose to do, know that re-measuring ensures that you don’t suddenly start losing progress without being aware of it. If you don’t measure often, you can get really behind on your progress without being aware of it. So use the tips mentioned above, and be sure to keep tracking your progress!