1. Use Visualization to Chart Your Progress
Nurse Frugal uses this cute poster to mark their progress in paying off their mortgage. As they pay off each chunk, they remove one piece from the poster. They're kicking butt at it, too!
2. For the more math-y.
Ms. S at Turtleneck and High-Waist Jeans uses so much visualization in her goals and her budgeting. This meter on the sidebar of her blog charts her amazing progress! She also uses pie charts to document her monthly spending, using it to evaluate and reassess, like she did in her most recent Budget Breakdown.
3. Seeing is believing.
Some of our goals? Mine is to graduate on time. Travel somewhere like the place in the picture. Save for a down payment. Creating a vision board is a tactic that can really help you achieve common goals like these. It can be super fancy and computer generated, or pictures you literally paste onto a piece of poster board. The important thing is to have fun creating it and put it somewhere you'll see it every day. Some people believe that visualization is the first step in attaining something; that you can't achieve it without seeing it and allowing yourself to truly believe it. I'm on board that ship. Hopefully it'll be taking me to an island retreat sometime in the near future. :)