Goal Tracker Pocket Notebook [Giveaway]

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We’re just about through another month of 2012 and I’m still working on my goals. I think this might be the longest I’ve successfully made a conscious effort on New Year’s Resolutions.

Many of my goals, like exercise, have become solid habits now. I really enjoy and look forward to my 2 miles three times a week. Some times I feel really great and I run for at least half of the distance.

Other days I might be a little more tired so I fast walk the entire distance, but either way I am getting 30 minutes of active time 3 times a week like I committed to back in January. Being outside and spending time being active has made me feel happier and have more energy.

I think I’ve done pretty well with my New Year’s Food Resolutions, too. I’ve found some more lunch ideas for myself so that I eat a good, healthy midday meal. I’m drinking water. I’ve experimented more with baking with whole grains. All around things are looking pretty good with my food goals.

I’m still going in and out of phases where I’m good with the goals I’ve made for around the house: staying on top of laundry and keeping the house picked up. Most of the time I do really well, but some weeks there is a wrench tossed in the plan that throws me off course.

There are other, more personal goals, that I need a daily reminder to work on. I recently purchased this fabulous Goal Tracker Pocket Notebook from Etsy to help me with this. I know that one of the principles of goal-setting is to write your goals down in a visible place.

This notebook offers a 36 month calendar where you can record your goals for the month. Then, you can mark the days you successfully worked on those goals to keep track of your progress, and be accountable for the things you want to accomplish.

Michelle crafts her 4×6 inch spiral bound goal trackers from 100% recycled kraft paper cover stock. Small holes allow the tracker to be easily hung on the wall like a calendar, but it can also be propped on a desk.

The notebook is a nice size and easily folds up to fit in a purse or other bag. Plus, it is totally adorable and stylish.

I loved the goal tracker that I purchased so much that I wrote the owner of the Etsy shop, Michelle Smith, to see if she’d be interested in doing a giveaway here on GoodLife Style. Lucky for you guys, Michelle is going to give away 5 goal trackers.

Giveaway Prize (5 winners):

goal tracker notebook

5 winners will receive one Goal Log / Resolution Chart Pocket Notebook, 36 Months

Giveaway Requirements:

  • What methods help you stay on top of your goals and to-do lists? How are you doing with your 2012 goals?
  • Contest ends March 8, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winners will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

Optional Extra Entries:

Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you a total of 3 extra entries. Leave a separate comment for each of your entries.

1. Follow goodlifeeats and femininemodern on Twitter and ReTweet the following message: I just entered to win a Resolution Chart Notebook from of @femininemodern on @goodlifeeats http://bit.ly/zdtXQv #giveaway

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Images via Michelle Smith on Etsy.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Melissa - February 23, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    I love this idea! I might just have to buy one for myself if I don’t win one :) I currently do a monthly goal check-in, but this would be so much more effective.


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    Rachel - February 23, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    Love the notebook! I keep my goals written in my planner. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept on track with many of them but it’s still early in the year!


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    Margaret - February 23, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    This is so cute and a great idea too. I want to continue with my routine of either exercising or taking a walk around the block after dinner, I want to spend less time on my mobile devices and diversify my meals for nutritional reasons.


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    Lyndsey Fox - February 23, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Love the notebook! I don’t have anything that fancy -my goals live on a sheet of notebook paper stuck to the side the refrigerator with an alphabet letter!


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    Kristy - February 23, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I haven’t found anything really helpful in goal keeping except for eating more fruits and veggies – I upped our CSA box and that is forcing me. I need help getting on track for my exercise goal I am starting March 1, my reading goal, and a couple others. This is just an area I struggle in – including setting goals in the first place!


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    Charlene - February 23, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    This would be great to have, I haven’t made a list of goals for the year yet. I love to keep notes in a notebook, love to physically write things down.


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    Charlene - February 23, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    follow both on twitter and tweeted – https://twitter.com/#!/Btrflywmn/status/172894628108976129


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    lisa - February 23, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    I have a 90 day fitness journal and i love it. However, a monthly goal notebook would be handy as i’m starting to lose a little motivation:-(


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    Charlene - February 23, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    like both on facebook – Iheart Bubba


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    Rene - February 23, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    I have the ToDo app for my iphone to keep track of my to do lists. I also have a calendar on the wall, but I haven’t been very good about using it. I’m doing about 50:50 on my goals — half the time I’m sticking to them, the other half not. But it’s still better than the end of the last year.


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    Krissa - February 23, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    I love this! I find that when I post my goals on my blog it keeps me accountable!


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    Erin @ Small and Simple Things - February 23, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Being specific and having someone to whom I’m accountable helps me. Remembering to review my goals and assess my progress is something that helps, but it tends to be where I fall short. The notebook looks helpful:)


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    Tara - February 24, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    I usually just keep track if my goals in my head…mental notes. This would help clear some space for other thoughts while making my goals more concrete, more front and center.


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    Emilie - February 24, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    That is SO cute! Writing down my goals really helps me stick to them too.


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    monique - February 24, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    I literally have to make lists. Plus, the routine of doing the same things helps. For example, I put a load of laundry in every morning, and then put it in the dryer before I leave the house. I also use cozi.com to send myself text message reminders for things that I’d have a hard time remembering, or things that I need to make sure get done – like giving my daughter her medication. thanks!


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    Kate - February 24, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    I have to make a daily to do list so I make sure to get evertything I need to done, otherwise ill forget!


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    Kristen S - February 24, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    I really have a hard time keeping AND keeping track of my goals..perhaps something like this will help me. If I don’t win, I’m definitely buying one for myself!! Love this idea!


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    MonicaB - February 24, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    This is a wonderful, easy idea. Love it! Right now I just keep my goals in my head – which is not the best way to remember. I also follow the One Little Word type of goal setting, which I love. But I’ve been thinking I need something visual for that gentle reminder.


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    Jessie - February 24, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    I’m having a very hard time keeping on top of my 2012 goals. I write them down, lose the paper, and then forget about them until I wake up at 2am and remember all of the important things I should’ve done that day.


  • 20
    Jessie - February 24, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    I followed on Twitter, and tweeted about it!


  • 21
    Jessie - February 24, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    I “liked” both of you on Facebook. :)


  • 22
    Jessie - February 24, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I pinned the post about food for kids. Lots of great ideas!


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    Jessie - February 24, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    I think about my goals, but that’s usually as far as I get. :(


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    Jenine - February 24, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    For my food and fitness goals, I have an online tracker that I sign into every day (often several times per day) to enter what I have eaten and what I’ve done for fitness. I’m doing VERY well in these areas. As far as personal goals (try to be more relaxed, etc.), I could probably use some formalized tracking system – like these lovely goal trackers ;)


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    Jacqui - February 24, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    I love this!! I usually just keep my goals written down in a journal or notebook, nothing formal. It is easy to forget about it and lose track! I feel like this official goal tracker would help!


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    Jacqui - February 24, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    I like both GoodLife Eats and Michelle Smith Designs on Facebook


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    Maria - February 24, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    This is a great giveaway! I’d love to win this little calendar. Great way to stay on top of your goals.

    I am a very visual person, so I tend to like physical, hand-written lists and items that can be checked off when complete. I also have printouts of different quotes and pictures that remind me to think more positively, which is a goal I am working on right now.


  • 28
    Maria - February 24, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I like GoodLife Eats on Facebook :)


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    Ashley S - February 24, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I did not write my goals down from January, so I am having trouble remembering them! Maybe just the reason why I need a Goal Tracker! I did write out a list of February goals and I am thinking I will do that for each month.


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    Ruth S. - February 24, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I love this organizer! This organizer is better than the one I made from a printable calendar page to use with my exercise tracking. I need visual reminders, or I forget. I use hand-written lists on post-its and attach to my bathroom mirror and/or frig. I need something I can mark off/record my progress. So far, I have been able to keep up my exercise goals for 3 weeks…now another 12 wks to go. (Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve had the same success with my food intake! Ugh diets!)


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    Janel - February 24, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I have a great handcrafted planner that I use to keep track of everything. Filling in my week with what I need to accomplish is a great incentive!


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    karen miller - February 24, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I just keep track of my excercise routine in my head, I would like a place to write down my goals.


  • 33
    Ruth S. - February 24, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Liked both GoodLife Eats and Michelle Smith Designs on Facebook.


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    Paige - February 24, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Cute! Using my Weight Watchers app helps me with my food goals, and then I’m a big list maker and always have random lists scattered all over the place. I LOVE this idea though. What a great way to visualize goals. Ones that I’d start tracking immediately would be WW tracking, water intake, flossing, and my PT exercises for my shoulder.


  • 35
    MaryEllen - February 24, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I’d love to win one of these (going to check out the Etsy site now). I am a huge goal setter– great way to keep track!


  • 36
    Ruth S. - February 24, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Pinned the 8 DYI bookmarks.


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    Janssen - February 24, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I use a standard dayplanner, but this is so pretty and fun!


  • 38
    Tara M. - February 24, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Keeping automatic reminders on my phone and work Outlook account help me keep up with my goals.


  • 39
    Tara M. - February 24, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I just pinned the delicious-looking rosemary potato buttermilk biscuits!


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    Kendra - February 24, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    What an awesome notebook! I usually do a daily entry in a plain old journal, but I always feel like I have to write something profound, and I get tired of listening to myself talk. So checking something off? Fantastic.


  • 41
    Anne - February 24, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I try to make a list and look at it regularly – but I LOVE the check it off idea!


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    Carol - February 24, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Love the notebook. Very timely, as I was looking for a non-internet method of staying on top of goals; I usually use calendar, planner, blog, and pedometer. I’ve dropped my goals due to personal issues, but now am ready to pick them back up again, especially daily walking 2 miles.


  • 43
    amanda - February 24, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I just try to write out a schedule the night before


  • 44
    Andrea - February 24, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    That’s my husband’s dream!, he loves to plan and organize present and future.
    Will make a nice present :)


  • 45
    Sarah S - February 24, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I would love that notebook to keep track of my exercise and weight loss goals.


  • 46
    Trish - February 24, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    My #1 goal this year is to pray more and pray better. I would love one of these goal notebooks to help me track my goals over the long haul.


  • 47
    Kristin - February 24, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I keep a list of the things I need or want to do everyday. I’m not doing very well with the deep cleaning I wanted to get done but otherwise I’m on track with everything else!


  • 48
    Kristin - February 24, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I’m following both on Twitter and just left this tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/leighvme/status/173124792420016128


  • 49
    tawnya - February 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    I’m a paper girl, all the way. I’ve tried all the apps and gadgets, but I need to track on paper if I have any hope of getting things done!


  • 50
    Harry - February 24, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate.


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    Lynda - February 24, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    i saw this tip on lifehacker: you have a calendar for each goal and you make X’s on the calendar boxes. the X’s are supposed to motivate you to not break the pattern.


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    Lynda - February 24, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
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    Lynda - February 24, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    i like goodlifeeats and michelle smith designs on fb now.


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    sarah @ sarah learns - February 24, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    regularly reviewing my goals and doing mini check-ins helps me continue to work on them – this notebook would be great for that!

    i’m doing pretty good with my 2012 goals – i have successfully paid off all my credit card debt (ahead of schedule!), have had date night at least once per month with my husband, and haven’t run any of my goal races yet, but have been consistently training & have registered for 2 races! i think that’s pretty good progress for 2 months into the year…


  • 55
    sarah @ sarah learns - February 24, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    i follow you both on twitter & tweeted about the giveaway.



  • 56
    sarah @ sarah learns - February 24, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    i like both facebook pages.


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    sarah @ sarah learns - February 24, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    i pinned the rosemary potato buttermilk biscuits.


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    Maria R. - February 24, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to enter everything I need to stay on track with my goals on my computer and then syncing them to my phone so I always have it with me.

    I’m on track with my goals, although I could use a notebook like this to remind me of the baby steps needed to achieve these goals.


  • 59
    MamaFeelgood - February 24, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Making lists and keeping a calendar of my to-do’s


  • 60
    Holly - February 25, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    Keeping a journal, especially for fitness goals, is the best way to stay on track for me.


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    PatsyAnne - February 25, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    You can’t believe how much I need this – I set goals and follow them for a few days and then “stuff” comes up and I forget about them… This would be perfect for not only following the long term goals I set but also the short term ones… and it would be great to see my progress – that would inspire me to keep going on them.


  • 62
    Maria R. - February 25, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I’m following @goodLifeEats on Twitter. (@maritramos)


  • 63
    Maria R. - February 25, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    I’m following @femininemodern on Twitter. (@maritramos)


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    Maria R. - February 25, 2012 @ 9:17 am
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    Maria R. - February 25, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I “like” GoodLife Eats on FB.


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    Maria R. - February 25, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I’m following Michelle Smith Designs on FB.


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    Becky - February 25, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    The truth is my goals seem to take a back seat to everything else children, business, husband, and housework. I’m happy but I have a hard enough time remembering to bring my grocery list, no the less my own goals. How sad is that.


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    Kim Schoenherr - February 25, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    So far, the one thing that’s truly kept me on track for my goals is creating a new background for my phone. I know it sounds strange, but I found a picture of a woman with my ideal body, and photoshopped the words “whatever it takes” over it and set it as my background. Looking at that every day has helped me stay on track for working out 3 days a week and avoiding dangerous snacking.


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    Kim Schoenherr - February 25, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I followed both of you and tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/tweetspie


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    Kim Schoenherr - February 25, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I repinned the adorable DIY bookmark ideas http://pinterest.com/pin/3870349649731073/


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    Kim Schoenherr - February 25, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I liked both you and Michelle on Facebook (although I already like you!)


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    Tania Stenzel - February 29, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    This is exactly what I need. I write down my accomplishments and things I am grateful for every day. This would help me keep even better track….

    Thank you for the opportunity!


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    Tania Stenzel - February 29, 2012 @ 3:24 pm
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    Tania Stenzel - February 29, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    And follow both of you on Facebook….


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    Christine H - February 29, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    My methods aren’t that great, and hence, neither is my goal-setting. Something like this looks promising–I tend to do better with paper and pencil!


  • 76
    Christine H - February 29, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Also pinned this on my Pinterest site!


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    Mb - March 01, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    excel sheets!


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    Leah R. - March 01, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I made an excel sheet (color coded, of course) and printed it out and am trying to check it off every day!


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    Junie - March 03, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I use Loseit.com app in my phone to track my goal of losing weight. Just being aware of how many calories I’m eating makes all the difference! I’d love to have a Goal Tracker notebook to keep track of my other goals! Thank you!


  • 80
    Junie - March 03, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Also pinned 8 Cute DIY Bookmark Ideas on my Pinterest Board (along with many of your other ideas)!


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    Melissa Frances - March 04, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    to stick to my goals i tell my children…they keep me in check!! love my kids!!

    Melissa from Naches, WA


  • 82
    Melissa Frances - March 04, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    I follow you on twitter!
    thanks for an opportunity to win!!



  • 83
    Allison - March 04, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    To stay on top of my goals, I make a lot of lists – everyday!


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    suzanne - March 05, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I have to-do lists but thats about all. I’ve never found a good way to keep track of anything


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    suzanne - March 05, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    suzanne - March 05, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    i also pinned the 8 bookmark DIYs :)


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