How you can Create a Personal Goal Tracker in Notion for 2023

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Here is how you can create a nice and easy personal goal tracker with Notion. A template is included as a bonus.

Personal goal tracker in Notion for 2023
Personal goal tracker in Notion for 2023

Tracking goals is important for anyone who wants to achieve more in life. You need to push your limits to reach higher goals. Visualization often helps to see your progress and not get frustrated on your path. Here is how you can build a personal goal tracker with Notion.

What goals can I track?

This template works with everything that is countable. Here are some examples of perfect goals:

  • Write 200 blog articles
  • Gain 20 new email subscribers
  • Total net worth of 20,000 €
  • Get a grade average of 1.5 in school
  • Make compliments to 50 people

In all these goals, numbers are involved. They are needed to calculate and visualize the progress.

Things that don’t work are for example

  • Wake up earlier
  • Be nicer to people
  • Do more sports
  • Eat less food

These objectives are not precise enough to be monitored. But you can adapt them to fit the schema with ease. Instead of saying to wake up earlier, you say “I want to wake up before 7am every workday”.

What is Notion?

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Set up a Notion page

Create a new page in Notion and add a database. Now we add the relevant columns.

  • Text column with the description of the goal
  • Number column with the current progress value
  • Number column with the final progress value
  • Formula column to calculate the progress in percent

You can name the columns as you like. Here is what we have so far:

Notion Goal Tracker with columns and example values
Notion Goal Tracker with columns and example values

The example above shows one goal with a target value of 200 and a current value of 3. But how much progress is that in percent? That’s why we use the Formula column!

Setting the formula to calculate the progress
Setting the formula to calculate the progress
Changing the number format of the formula column
Changing the number format of the formula column

Click in any cell of the Formula column. A formula editor will pop up. Set the formula to prop(”Current”) / prop(”Target”). Make sure to use your column names if you have chosen other ones than I did. The current result will display 0.015. Next, we change the number format to percent.

Click on the column header of your Formula column and choose Edit property. Then select Percent as an option from the Number format submenu. The result will change to 1.5%

Notion Goal Tracker with example data
Notion Goal Tracker with example data

That is the skeleton of our progress tracker. In theory, we could stop right here and use this version. But it looks not shiny or cool, yet. We change the styling in the next section!

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Add some styling

Ok, right now, the database looks rather sad and not very appealing. Here are some ideas to tweak the optics.

1️⃣ Add more information

You can add further columns to collect more data. This will also allow more filtering options like hiding accomplished targets. I use Date columns to track when a goal was completed and when I updated the values for the last time. In addition, I use a Status column to indicate what goals I am working on.

Notion Goal Tracker with additional columns to track progress
Notion Goal Tracker with additional columns to track progress

2️⃣ Round progress values

As you can see in the image above, the progress column can sometimes get quite long with certain values. To fix that we can adapt the formula to always round to full numbers. To do that, click any cell in the column to open the formula editor.

Replace the current formula with round(prop("Current") / prop("Target") * 100) / 100. The output will change immediately.

Notion Goal Tracker with rounded progress values
Notion Goal Tracker with rounded progress values

3️⃣ Use a progress bar or progress ring

A visual indicator of the progress would be cool, wouldn’t it? Notion offers a progress ring or a progress bar that we can use.

Click on the column header of the Formula column and select Edit property. In the middle, there is the Show as area. Here you can switch to a bar or a ring and also change the color if you like.

Notion property editor with various display options
Notion property editor with various display options

4️⃣ Use the gallery layout

While the table layout has its benefits, I totally enjoy the gallery layout. You can hide values that you don’t need and just show relevant information. Of course, you can (and probably should) use multiple views because it’s hard to edit the current progress value in the gallery view if the value is hidden.

To change the layout, open the database options and change the Layout selection to Gallery. To show or hide properties, click on Properties and enable or disable them as you like.

Database view options in Notion
Database view options in Notion
Property view options in Notion
Property view options in Notion

And here is what it looks like:

Notion Goal Tracker with the gallery layout
Notion Goal Tracker with the gallery layout

5️⃣ Add icons, covers, descriptions

The final touch comes from adding icons, covers, and descriptions. It makes the page look really nice and shiny. You can be as creative as you want or you just keep it simple. Here is my proposal:

Notion Goal Tracker with lots of styling
Notion Goal Tracker with lots of styling

How to use it?

Simple, just add your goals and update the current values maybe once a month. Set a reminder on your phone for the first of every month so that you don’t miss it. A goal tracker without regular updates is useless. But the effort is worth it!

Conclusion

A personal goal tracker in Notion is easy to build. In this article, I gave you some ideas of how you can do it. There are many templates out there that you can use. But I often prefer doing things myself. If you are rather into template copying, then you can get this one for free.

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