Why Should You Write Your Goals Down? This is Why:

Jake Boucher
3 min readMar 31, 2018
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About a year ago, I started writing my goals down. Now it’s a habit that I plan on keeping for the rest of my life.

Looking back at the time before I even thought about writing my goals down, I was unproductive. Wildly unproductive. I didn’t know it yet though. I had no plan, I had really no idea what I was going to do with my life.

When you have no idea what you want to do with your life, it’s kind of hard to think of what goals you wish to accomplish, isn’t it? Fast forward to when I finally figured out what I want to do with my life, I started to write my goals down — daily, monthly, yearly, and even a few years out.

It makes your vision so much clearer.

Writing your goals down keeps you focused on the task at hand. Whatever that may be. Is your goal to buy your parents their dream home? Great! Put this in writing. This will definitely keep you on task. Working each day to get one step closer to accomplishing that goal.

Put it in writing

Writing your goals down is a lot more effective than if you don’t. Putting pen or pencil to paper helps you remember better — at least for me it does.

Write your goals on a piece of paper and carry them with you wherever you go. I wrote my yearly goals down on December 31st of this past year on a blank piece of paper and have ever since carried that piece of paper in my wallet. I feel as if I am carrying the key to my future in my wallet. It gives me a sense of urgency to get things done. And every day I look at my goals and read them aloud to myself to get them ingrained in my head. And every night before bed I read my goals again so it’s fresh in my head.


I have noticed that my productivity level improves drastically when I write my goals down. For example, when I write my daily goals down, it gives me something to strive for and gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I put that big check mark next to the date — because I know I am one step closer to my ultimate goals.

I recently finished the book Rise and Grind by Daymond John (check out my review of it here). In that review, I included a statistic that struck out at me: “When people set and identify…

Jake Boucher

Realtor with Lamacchia Realty in Massachusetts