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Track Your Progress Easily

You’re probably thinking either I’m not in my career yet, or isn’t it pretty simple to track my progress? Even if you’re still in high school or in college you can track your progress, and if you are already in your career this could get you a promotion. Here’s why and how to track your progress.

Career Progress

Why To Track Your Progress:

See how your responsibilities have increased:On the first day of any job ( you’re given a set amount of responsibilities. If you’re a great employee however, your responsibilities should increase as your employer trusts you more. This is a great way to help leverage the following:

-A promotion: By showing how much you’ve grown, you’re able to demonstrate your ability to handle more responsibility, and maybe show that you’re already doing the job that you want.

-A raise: The same principal applies here as it does for a promotion. Being able to show your boss what you’ve done and are doing will help you make a case for a raise with your promotion.

-A better resume/ LinkedIN: If you keep track of what you’re doing, it’s going to be so much easier to update these two things. You’ll have a comprehensive list of all the tasks that you’ve accomplished.


How to Track Your Progress:

  1. Start an Excel spread sheet like this:


  • You can change this as much as you want, this is just a starting point!
  • Numbers are really helpful, whether its how many clients, how many projects or even the percentage of business you handled.
  • Be as detailed as possible without being too lengthy.

2. Schedule time every month, quarter or after a big project and do a brain dump of everything you did.

  • Everything, even administrative tasks and delegated tasks. This way you’re able to show your management skills
  • Keep track of soft skill situation, great use for future interviews.

3. Save on your computer at work and home.

  • Why both? One it’s helpful for your boss to know what you do. It’s not a bad thing because this can help with your position and help your  company know what you’re doing.
  • Also save it at home so that you’re able to use it for yourself.


Hopefully you were convinced enough to start this. It’s one of those projects that you don’t think about until you need it, so I hope you think about it now! It’s perfect for college students, just add your clubs and projects you work on. If you are ever in a group project, take that down! It’s the most helpful when you least expect it.


Do you track your progress? How?






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  • Very helpful– especially the brain dump idea. Sometimes I just write every semester what things went wrong or what could go better. it’s so helpful getting it all on paper!

  • I really need to get better at using Excel, especially before entering the workforce! I wish that’s something that more of my classes in college had required the use of. (My sorority did a workshop with Excel once, but it was all about Excel for Windows so it just left this Mac user feeling very confused- haha!).

    Great tips though!! 🙂

    xoxo A

    • avickney

      Excel is so much easier than you think! I have a Mac and it’s not too different, you just have to click around more! This could also totally work in Word, just make a big table! (As a Comm major I totally get the whole scary Excel thing, I’m pretty limited and when my roommate and fiance talk about equations and stuff I get super confused! )

  • Honestly, I never really thought of something like this.
    It’s such a good idea.
    Especially when it comes time that you’re looking for a raise or promotion so you don’t have to sit there and recall every little project that you took on.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Amy

    This is so helpful! Like Jenny had said, I never thought to track my career progress. Definitely going to try this in the future. Thanks for sharing!
    Amy |Pastel N Pink

  • This is so helpful and I love the spreadsheet idea! I’ve never thought about doing this before.

  • This is so important! I think when working with brands as a blogger, this could REALLY help keep everything organized. I keep a folder for all of my receipts, a notebook for expenses, and a notebook for income. I should probably keep a computer version, as well!

  • This is such a great idea! I often forget how much I truly did accomplish at work and this would be a great way to keep track of it.

  • Elana

    I love this! I definitely need to work on being more organized.

  • What a great idea! I sometimes forget the little details of the things I do. Adding in volunteer activities is important, too.

  • This is such a great idea! Seems so simple, but for whatever reason, I find it so difficult to keep track of the numerous projects I finish at work – possibly because there are too many? Definitely making a mental note of the Excel spreadsheet idea!

    XO, Oksana from

  • This is incredibly organized! My OCD definitely digs this!

  • Cat

    This is so important! Having an objective record of career progress comes very useful when it’s time for a promotion or job change.

  • This is an awesome way to track your career progress. Excel is so useful for so many things.


  • This is super helpful! I’m entering the real world and leaving college soon, so it is great advice!

  • I love this idea! So great to keep up with this kind of thing!

  • This is a great idea! Having goals and being able to track them is so important. Tracking progress is the only way to see how far you have come or narrow in on where you need to improve. Xoxo Mindy

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