I started using the streak method to help myself build habits that I have maintained in the past but were proving challenging to maintain now. As I began to use it as a small tracker, I also saw that it would work well for tracking my goals and targets for each week.
Here is how to implement the streak system.
Break Down Goal or Project
What ever your goal is for the year, next 3 months or 10 years you need a map of that goal. There needs to be a layout of the goal’s milestones, deadlines, and tasks needing to be done to reach the end goal or solidify the habit.
When you map out a general timeline for the goal break down what needs to happen in the next 3 months, then monthly and weekly. Make sure you have your calendar of plans and events in front of you. This may change how much time you have available for your project and goals each week.
Setting Up a Weekly Streak
Why A Week
I am a sprinter when I complete my goals. That means I like to complete them in short bursts right before the deadline. The pressure of the deadline excites me and helps me maintain focus and energy for a couple weeks of hard work.
I use deadline every couple of weeks to help myself maintain progress in my goals, or habits. Each month I like to have a major deadline for a goal to make sure I making progress for the larger. Each week I break that goal down into smaller chunks.
Weekly Streak Layout To Better Focus on Tracking Your Goals
I am going to use examples of how I used this for my side hustle. You want to have multiple deadlines throughout the week that will help you get the weeks tasks done without being to overwhelmed. My tiny deadline are usually Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. I create my streaks on Sunday and try not to work on that day.
With those soft deadlines you have plenty of time to get things done. But, you also must choose a hard deadline for the end of the week. Everything must get done by that date to count as the weeks streak. If you require more deadlines, then make the individual days when things are due hard deadlines.
I do this when I think I will put to many tasks off for when I have have time on Saturday. But I like to enjoy my weekend so making hard deadlines encourages me to work now versus right up against the deadline.
Create Bonuses To Motivate Good Habits
Another part of the streak is creating bonus activities withs soft deadlines through out the week as well. These tasks may not be required work for my side hustle, but are good tasks that would help my side hustle.
These bonus tasks can be things you really enjoy doing for your goal or project but they don’t actually produce the benefit that makes it a productive task. Also these could be the spare items or tasks that can be done in free time. So, if you get ahead and still feel like being productive, the bonus tasks are scattered through out the week.
Reward Yourself For Your Accomplishments
At the end of each week it is important to reward your progress and work. If you complete the streak of work you set up for yourself, reward your progress. If you didn't , definitely look back at what you have completed.
Make sure to take note at the end of the week what was scheduled was enough of a challenge and what wasn’t motivating. Some weeks you may realize you need more social/ free time so your week may look different. That is okay. The key with this method is to consistently work on your goal or project. The progress may look differently each week, but you will be able to look back each week and see progress.
As you set up new streaks each week you will see what works, how much time you need for tasks and if rewards really motivate you. Remember not every week will have major accomplishments, but the consistent effort each week will get you closer to your end goal.
By using this method, the hope is that you will be accomplishing milestones each week. This will help solidify your determination and commitment to your projects and goals as you see progress build.