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My wife and I have been going to the gym. She’s doing phenomenally well, I’m both losing and gaining. Losing sleep and gaining weight. I’ve lost a hundred pounds this year, unfortunately it’s the same five pounds 20 times.

So what’s the difference between her and I? Well it’s two things. First she goes seven days a week, and with traveling and everything, I go less than that. She eats better than I do, but there is one thing that may be most important of all. She tracks her progress. She tracks calories on an iPhone app and uses a Fit Bit to monitor her exercise. Tracking your progress is a huge key to reaching your goals.

It’s not just weight loss. Tracking progress helps us to reach all kinds of goals. I am an avid reader and my work in ministry, not to mention my continuing education requires me to do a lot of reading. Also, as a blogger, publishers send me books for review. I love to read. A few years ago I decided I wanted to read a certain amount of books a year. This was made so much easier when I discovered GoodReads.com which allows me to track the books I read, post reviews and more. On my home page, it will tell me how many books I have read so far and how many I am ahead or behind of reaching my goal. It’s been a great help to me.

Last year, when I was writing my book Enough. I decided to do it as part of NaNoWriMo. They have progress tracker on their site as well which allowed me to enter my daily word count and helped me to write a 50,000 word book in a month. It was God-send.

I love reading on my Kindle for a multitude of reasons, one of which is it tells me how much time I have left to read a chapter. This lets me know if I have enough time to start another chapter and will usually at the very least prod me on to finishing the chapter I’m already working on. It’s been a great help.

You don’t need a special device or an app or a website to track your progress. Just find the way that works for you. charting your progress makes the project less intimidating and you can watch yourself getting closer to your goal. It really works.

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