Do you have something you want to learn or do better in 2018? Maybe it’s mastering a new language, becoming a more effective manager, or, spending more quality time with family and friends.

One of the best ways to accomplish that goal is to track your progress. According to research, tracking motivates you for two reasons: it gives you a realistic picture of where you are and how far you’ve come; and, it acts as a form of accountability.

If you’re learning a new language, for example, you might want to track the number of new phrases you master each week, or how long a conversation you can comfortably hold in that new language.

There are many ways to track your progress. You can use a notebook, spreadsheet or even a wall calendar. There are even online apps for tracking.

How often should you track? That depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Experts say the frequency should be no less than weekly.