Be Your Own Life Coach/Logging Progress

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Logging Progress!

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In this topic you will:

  • investigate why keeping a log or a journal is important
  • look at examples of goal setting logbooks
  • produce your own logbook
  • make regular entries in your logbook over the next month

Time: this module should take 3 hours to complete the activities and expect to spend time recording entries in your logbook over a one calendar month period. You are required to make at least two entries a week.

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Case Study
James" coach has been talking to him about keeping a journal to keep track of his progress. James asked the coach why he needed to write things down? He knew in his own way that he was determined to meet his goal, so why did he need to write about it?

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In groups discuss why it might be important to set a keep a logbook. You might like to do this on a shared online space such as a wiki or a shared whiteboard. Come up with a list of reasons for keeping a goal setting log.Ten reasons would be fantastic.

Now look at your list and choose the five best ones and put them in order of importance. Your group will need to decide how to do this.

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Compare your list to this list. What would you add or remove now that you have read it and why?

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Case Study
James decided he would keep a logbook. But then realised he didn't know what a good one would look like. He Googled "Goal setting journal" and found lots of tips for keeping a journal. He decided on three key things to write about each time.
  1. What he did and when he did it
  2. Notes about things that helped and things that didn't. He knew to call these barriers and enablers
  3. His thoughts about what it felt like when things went well and when they didn't
  4. He also decided to get an adult to sign it, maybe his Koro or his Uncle.

James decided to write in his journal twice a week

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In this activity you need to keep a logbook for one month. You need to make at least two entries per week and you need to have someone check your logbook. You can use a sheet of A4 paper, or you might like to use a free webspace such as You can make your nota page public or send the person who will check your logbook a secret web address so that only they can see it. There is also a list of free blog tools in the web resources list below.

If you are really brave and are part of an online community such as bebo or facebook why not share your goals with a group of friends. The more people that know about your goals the more motivatied you will be to achieve them.

Make an agreement with whoever is going to check your logbook and set a small reward for yourself if you complete the two entries each week. You can set out the logbook anyway you like, the formating is less important than what you write. Some people like to use a table. Some prefer to use a list like James' above and write a short paragraph each time. Make sure you your smart goal is clearly stated somewhere on the page.

The following checkilist may help with each entry.

  1. Did I say what I was trying to do and how it fits with my big goal?
  2. Did I say what helped?
  3. Did I say what didn't help?
  4. Did I talk about how I felt and how I thought, are emotions and thoughts described?
  5. Did I talk about how the emotions and thoughts were connected to what had happened?

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Web Resources

Need some inspiration? You'll find loads of examples of people who share their personal goal setting logbook on the web. Here is a fantastic example showing people working towards a goal over a year: Rubbish Free Year Blog. Your logbook may not need to be as comprehensive as this but it is a great example of what can be achieved.

Free Blogs

  1. blogspot
  2. wordpress

Download teaching notes here: File:Teaching Notes.pdf