A Life of Productivity tip #86: stop tracking progress on your goals

A few weeks ago I blogged about how I was going to decide on an achievable goal for the Great Manchester Run. Today I dragged myself out of bed to the South Manchester Parkrun, splashed through 5k of mud in 28:43 (not my best time, but for me that’s not a bad result), then entered that into a race time predictor and got the prediction you see above: basically, I should be aiming to run the 10k in under an hour.

And that’s the last time I’m going to check how that goal is going.

This is because of A Life of Productivity‘s tip #86:

Stop tracking progress on your goals. Tracking progress on your goals makes you less likely to achieve them. The fix: view your actions as evidence that you’re committed to a goal, and remind yourself why you want to achieve a goal in the first place.

This might sound like it contradicts tip #87: set process goals, but I don’t think it does. If I want to run the 10k in under an hour, my process goal is to stick to my training plan – not to do some feverish maths after every training run to work out if I’m on target.

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