How to Achieve Goals the Fun Way!

Setting goals is a piece of cake, but achieving them is a whole different ballgame! Luckily, there are a number of ways to not only successfully meet your goals, but also to have fun along the way!

Working toward something can sometimes be really stressful. If you're like me and put yourself under an incredible amount of pressure, your goals can begin to feel as if they're unattainable. In fact, if you put too much pressure on yourself, it can cripple you, and, in turn, this can really make your goals unattainable!

Tracking goals can be a fantastic way to have fun while working toward something bigger. This is particularly helpful if you have a goal that can be easily divided up into smaller segments. Here are some ideas for progress charts (great for tracking your goals!)

Gamify your life with a goal tracking puzzle

Find a picture of your goal. On the back, draw out a jigsaw puzzle and cut out your puzzle pieces. Use a sheet of paper as a template for assembling your puzzle and to set a value/milestone for each piece.
Find a picture of your goal. On the back, draw out a jigsaw puzzle and cut out your puzzle pieces. Use a sheet of paper as a template for assembling your puzzle and to set a value/milestone for each piece. | Source

Using a Puzzle to Track Your Goals

A puzzle can be the perfect way to track your progress. This is a very versatile way to track a goal as it can be used for saving money for something you want, paying off credit card debt, and even if you're trying to lose weight.

To make a goal tracking puzzle:

  1. Find a large photo of your goal, so you can visualize want you want.
  2. On the back of the image, draw out puzzle pieces.
  3. Cut out each piece and count them.
  4. Divide your goal by the number of puzzle pieces. For example, if you're trying to lose 20 pounds, divide the number 20 by the number of puzzle pieces. If you have 10 puzzle pieces, each piece would be worth 2 pounds.
  5. Every time you complete a segment of your goal (like losing 2 pounds), you can add one piece to the puzzle.
  6. When the picture is complete, you have completed your goal!

This is an awesome way to not only remind yourself of your goal, but to actually be able to visualize your progress.

Sticker Charts Are AWESOME


Goal Tracking with a Sticker Chart

Sticker charts are a fun way to track goals that relate more to day to day activity. These are perfect for goals that can't really be divided up into segments. Both positive and negative activities can be tracked using a sticker chart.

Create a sticker chart by listing positive daily activities, such as brushing your teeth, exercising, eating an apple and by listing negative activities (behaviors you'd like to get rid of) like drinking pop or buying something you don't really need. Put a sticker on your chart every time you complete these activities.

Joe's Goals is an online sticker chart that you can use to mark your achievements (and negative activities) as you complete them.

A fundraiser thermometer
A fundraiser thermometer | Source

Online Fundraiser Thermometers

A fundraiser thermometer is very similar to the puzzle idea, but has one slight difference: you must meet a specific "segment" to be able to add a piece to the puzzle. With a fundraiser thermometer, you can add more to the thermometer each time you meet any part of your goal.

This idea is not only useful for money-related goals, it can also be used a for a weight loss goal, using pounds or ounces instead of dollars.

You may have seen these drawn out on poster board, but fortunately, you can use an online fundraiser thermometer which you can hide away in an unpublished blog post if you'd like to keep your goal private.

What's nice about an online thermometer is that the code for the thermometer adds all the color for you, so there's no guesswork involved in how much color you should add in relation to how much of the goal you've completed. Also, there's no red marker all over your hands!

If you back track a little, you can make a quick edit to reflect this.


The Fantastic World of Graphs

Graphs might remind you of falling asleep in geometry, but they actually can be fun when you use them to keep track of spending, saving, or paying something off!

Bar and line graphs are the best kind of graphs for keeping track of financial goals, especially when you're tracking a long term goal, such as paying off credit cards or a car loan! There is a huge a variety of tools you can use to create graphs on your computer from Excel and Open Office Calc (free and awesome) to websites with free graphing apps (the National Center for Education and Statistics has some free, kid-friendly graph-making tools)

My goals on 43Things. Do you think I can complete these goals this year?
My goals on 43Things. Do you think I can complete these goals this year?

Going Public: Share Your Goals with Others

Nothing is more fun than sharing your goals with others! Sharing your goals with others is a fantastic way to get motivated as well as have a bit more accountability than if you go it alone. Here are some awesome ways to get involved with others:

  • Share your goals on your personal blog. (You can even post your thermometer there!)
  • Get involved in a forum where others are working toward a goal. (HubChallengers is a forum where writers, here on HubPages, challenge themselves with writing goals and revel in their accomplishments.)
  • Join a goal setting community like where members list and share their goals with each other.
  • Post your goals on Facebook and keep your friends informed. Nobody really knows how to cheer you on like your friends and family!

Remember when setting a goal to make sure it's something you actually can achieve. Setting a goal that is impossibly difficult is a great way to make you feel like giving up. Break up your goal into smaller, more achievable segments and remember to have fun with it!

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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great ideas on how to achieve goals and time manage your tasks. I like the sticker chart idea, too. Voted up for useful!

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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

Very meaningful hub and certainly helpful to me with goal attainment. The sticker charts top was particularly a good one!

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Esther Strong 3 years ago from UK

Most of these ideas are new to me - many thanks for sharing. Will certainly keep them in mind.

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Learning in Life 3 years ago from SW Florida

I love these ideas! I'm am going to try the puzzle pieces for losing weight!

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

I'm glad this one crossed my feed today (thanks for sharing it, jainismus). What fun, visual ways to track our goals in the new year. You did a good job, Melanie. Voted up and across!

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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I like your puzzle idea. Nothing can motivate you as much as seeing your goal completed.

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Yipee, Congratulations Mel! For winning hub of the day, you are such an awesome tutor. Great hub helping us get those goals accomplished. Thanks!

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NetBlots 4 years ago from Melbourne

I have seen that thermometer in my partners work place before!! =)

iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Great ideas in your hub! I am going to share this definitely! Voted up!

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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

I love setting goals, and I think you're goal tracking puzzle is a really fun tool. Nicely done :)

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This is a fun read. The goals can be achieved better following these tips! Voted up!


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Florida, USA

These are great and fun ideas! I love the graphs and puzzle ideas, as well as your goal of winning Starbucks for life (can there be two winners?). I am a goal-oriented individual and think these would add some fun to my goals of paying off student loans, losing weight, and eating better.

I was thinking a fun spin on the puzzle goal could be to have a real puzzle that I want to complete, but can only put together as many pieces as I drink glasses of water that day. That is, if I drink 8 glasses of water, then I can put together 8 pieces that day. This would be motivation to ensure I drink the minimum required water each day AND I would have a beautiful puzzle after a certain time!

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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Great tips and cool visuals and best of all, terrific advice:-)

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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good hub. I particularly like the puzzle goal chart.

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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I'm working on not letting myself procrastinate or get distracted by smaller things I don't really need to do. I like your post and will probably read it again.

cr00059n 4 years ago

Some piece and enjoyment when achieving goals would be helpful. Relaxing and taking it easy does take a lesser toll on the body. This is a healthy way to progress towards the future. Thanks for sharing.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You certainly deserve a big congratulations. This is an excellent hub and I also like the puzzle. I'm big on setting goals so this will help. Thanks so much and voted a big UP!


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Rhonda Waterhouse 4 years ago

Great tips! I'm going to try some of these! :-)

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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Very interesting. Know exactly what you mean about putting yourself under a lot of pressure and just loved the ideas. Very light and simple and amusing, while at the same time motivational. Loved the puzzle.

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brsmom68 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Great ideas for goal setting...or should I say goal reaching. I like the thermometer idea; perhaps I will draw one and add a degree for every article I write this year. Or perhaps for my book goals? Voted up and useful!

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creativebutterfly 4 years ago from Florida USA

Heard of the puzzle before but forgot about it, thanks for the reminder. Good Hub enjoyed reading.

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hhunterr 4 years ago from Highway 24

Well written, personal and motivational. Hadn't heard of the puzzle. That's enough to draw me in.

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TerryHamel 4 years ago from Canada

I enjoyed the article and the humourus angles. I'm very familiar with the graphing, charting and thermometer..but, I shoot from the hip.

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epigramman 4 years ago

...never thought of setting goals in this way - with the visualization technique - quite simple and effective and brilliant too just like this first class presentation which will find its way onto my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here .....and thank you for your much appreciated visit to my humble little hubspace.

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan Author

So many thoughtful comments! I'm so glad you all like the puzzle idea! It was something my sister and I have been doing since we were small children... saving up for things and dividing up the goal with puzzles!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you guys not only complete all your goals, but you have a blast doing it! :P

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great info! Well-written hub. I love all the ideas, especially the puzzle one. I may use that to lose some weight! :-) Happy New Year, and thanks for the great advice. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

FutureDrKate 4 years ago

Agreed! The puzzle sounds like it would work great for kids too.

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

Congratulations on a great hub with some really handy ideas for everyone . one of my goals is to get to Europe this year .

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Your ideas are excellent and timely. Voted up!

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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Excellent Hub! Love the Puzzle idea for losing weight. However, would need an awfully big photo and about 300 puzzle pieces.. hehe..j/k I am going to try that on a couple of goals I have set for myself! Voted up!



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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Haha, great hub and congratulations! The sticker chart and graphs are a good idea and loads of fun. I might need a sticker chart for my wedding planning this year ;)

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Well-deserved!

Puzzles! What a unique idea! Sticker charts are a great visual to help kids with their goals. Graphs, charts and thermometers, oh my!

What a fun hub! Voted up, interesting and useful.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

These are indeed some fun ways to use goal tracking tools. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award that could help many people as well as be adapted for teaching children about setting and reaching goals.

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Congratulations on Hub of the Day!! Well deserved Mel.

Nice hub too! duh! I think I can incorporate a few of these into my classroom.

Thank you for sharing!

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ebookcoach 4 years ago

Using external tools is great (pictures, charts, etc.)! One thing that makes them even better is closing your eyes and internalizing them. Make the picture and the vision you hold come from within you... make it a PART of you... this will increase the speed with which you achieve your goals. It's a great step to see the goal in front of you and to incorporate it into the fiber of your being can make that step even more effective.

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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great advice!

This is a rather motivational hub... I can't say that for too many thus far in 2012! Nice layout & flow to the hub; very well-written, as always!

Congrats on having the Hub of the Day! Well-deserved!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Congrats! This hub deserves to be Hub of the Day. I love the idea with the puzzle and it's always nice to show the results to other people.

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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Congratulations on being chosen as "Hub of the Day".

A great article full of inspiration and motivation. Your ideas are fantastic. I am definitely going to chart my progress. Great work. Thank you.

cr00059n 4 years ago

This is a remarkable article which lays out the foundations for enjoying work. Never have I read an article which remarkably articulates the subject working to achieve goals the fun way. You've really inspired me to work hard and achieve my goals. Thanks for the nice content page. Voted Up Big Time. Trully a great writer.

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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

These are really Fun way to set goals, I love the puzzle and Congrats Melbel for Hub of the day you deserved. I did some effort as well on 5 Professional Goals to set this Year and wrote about 2600 words but I guess I really need to work hard to get any prominence and that cute little e on my avatar and guess what I already have made my puzzle of e and cut it in 6 parts.Once again congrats for an inspirational hub.

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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

I love the picture puzzle idea! I'm going to use that for my kids and myself. My son would love seeing pictures of things he could earn if he meets his goals. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the Hub-of-the-Day!!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very creative! Great tools for any goal setting activity. Excellent!

Congratulations on having yet another hub of the day! You are on fire!

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style-of-life 4 years ago from Netherlands

Hahaha. These are surely fun ways to track and trace your goals. Voted up!

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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Great advice Melanie, you have come up with some ways of achieving your target in a fun way. Congrats on the HOTD award !

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day. I really like using charts and graphs, but hadn't thought of the stickers, puzzle or thermometer. Thanks for the links as well. Voted up.

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

What a week for you Melbel. First you get married and then you get Hub of the Day! Congratulations. Some really neat ideas in here, too. : )

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love, love, LOVE the puzzle idea! What a fun way to track progress toward a goal (and that one would work well with my kids, too)! Seeing the picture of the Disney cruise ship makes me think of setting goals for our future trips - we could put together a puzzle as we save the money for the trip. It might help the kids understand why we're not going out to eat, lol. Wonderful hub!

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prasonline 4 years ago from Sri lanka

Excellent,I like the Puzzle idea.other idea also Not to bad

Anyway thanks for the excellent hub.

My Congratulations on this being Hub of the Day :)

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Wow Melbel, this is terrific! I absolutely love the puzzle idea, but the graphs are terrific too. What I really like is that all the ideas provide some way to visualize achieving our goals. I am so glad to see this as hub of the day because so many people will see it and benefit from it. Congratulations.

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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

I especially like the puzzle idea and had never heard of this one. Very useful hub.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on Hub of the Day! You spent a lot of time and effort on this Hub, and you have some wonderful ideas for all of us. I've bookmarked this Hub, and will come back to use some of your ideas. They are all so good. Thanks for sharing. I voted this UP, etc.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub and a well deserved winner.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I feel inspired to chart progress towards my goals. I can be a tad unorganised about it, and was just thinking recently about changing that, so this practical advice was timely for me.

Congratulations on this being Hub of the Day!

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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

WOW! I love this hub and really need it to get motivated. I love the graphs you suggested. I am a very visual person and often feel the need to create graphs and sticker charts. I am definitely going to make a puzzle for my husband and me to get on track and really have our goals in front of us. Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

OMG! Graphs! Charts! Puzzles! Each one of these things looks like so much fun!! Hahaa, and I thought that tracking goals could not be even more enjoyable (I really like setting goals). I can't wait to incorporate these into my processes!

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Journey * 4 years ago from USA

These are awesome and encouraging ideas. I especially like the tracking puzzle idea for motivation. I can see myself employing one of these ideas. Thanks.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Not to bad!! Once you set goals, you need to set yourself to reminders and goal achievers. We all are different and we have our ups and downs...Thanks for this Important reminders.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These ideas are all really fun! Thanks for sharing!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great ideas Melbel! I love the puzzle idea....I do like to watch my progress with some sort of reminder. If I'm going on vacation (I usually always have one planned) I keep a photo of where I'm going right near my computer screen so when I'm working and get frustrated - I have a look at the photo and remind myself of the reward:).

And I noticed your goal list you have meet a respectable young man - you have only been married a couple of days and you are cheating with respectable men?? Lol. Happy Nrw Year!

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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I love the Puzzle idea - that's really cool! I may have to give that a try:)

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I always like "playing games" to help push myself toward my goals and you've suggested some great ideas - love the puzzle piece one - to help you stay motivated in achieving personal goals!

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

These are very useful ideas for reaching goals. I especially think your Puzzle to Track Goals is very creative. It always helps when one can visually observe their success. It can be used for just about any goal, not just weight loss.

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Sunnyglitter 4 years ago from Cyberspace

Voted up and bookmarked! Love it!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

These are unusual yet exciting ways to track our goals. I like the thermometer and the graphs.

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mepperly 4 years ago from Vancouver,WA

Love this hub... thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us. I am a teacher of the law of attraction and making all things fun is what it is all about. Enjoy your new year.

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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

This ticks all the boxes. So Did I. Well done! Will be practicing some of your suggestions. Add a bit of colour to the goals...

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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai

Melanie some really very well thought out practices to achieve goals. Especially the sticker charts.

I have used 43things but was not active on that so I didn't had that much success. What better time to get involved in it.

Anyway thanks for the excellent hub.

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Excellent hub to get us jumpstarted into 2012 to make goal reaching fun and rewarding. Thanks for this helpful piece, and Happy New Year to you! Thumbs up. Really good ideas...I love the puzzle idea.

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