How to Set and Track Goals inside ClickUp (4 Things You SHOULD Know!)

crushing your goals using ClickUp with Anne Leah Shick

As an entrepreneur, I think we can all agree that tracking and setting goals play an integral part in your strategy to scale and sustain your business.

“Anne, I’ve already got X# apps and tools, I don’t need another one to clog up my routine!”

What if I told you that you can do all this (and MORE) inside ClickUp?

(cue audible gasps and whispers of disbelief)

Say no more, friends, because I’m going to show you how to set it up the goals feature in order to get the maximum benefit… and yes, without giving you a massive tech-induced nosebleed!

4 MUST-KNOW Keys to CRUSH Your Goals in ClickUp

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As with anything the best way to not get overwhelmed is to take it a step at a time. Now, I’ve broken it down to just 4 key things and I’m sure that this will help you easily set up and track goals inside ClickUp… you know, so you can become the goal-crushing badass you were meant to be.


1. Pre-planning

First, when it comes to pre-planning, I personally use my Bulletproof Business Planner from Ask Yvi because it has a Goal Planning section. I start out by writing all of my goals on a quarterly basis. You can do the paper and pen method OR use your digital planner – it doesn’t matter as long as it’s something you use often.

Next, you will need to make a S.M.A.R.T. Goal, it’s an acronym for means Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Relevant, and Time-based – see, SMART!

2. ClickUp Structure

creating clickup structure screensho of anne leah shick goals folder ClickUp

Here’s how I structure the SMART Goals inside ClickUp after I’ve pre-planned them and wrote them out inside my planner.

  • Space – Goals 🏆 Template
  • Folder – Business Goals, Personal Goals, Habits to Develop
  • List – Template Sales (1)
  • Tasks – targets that we’re going to track (e.g. Task for Goal 1, Setup and find all templates, and Setup course platform)

Once you’re done mapping out and adding in details for the goal you want to track, then you can start creating the actual goal inside ClickUp.

3. Creating the Goal

In this example, I’m going to show you how to create ONE goal inside ClickUp:

  • Creating the Goal step 1
  • Creating the Goal step 2
  • Creating the Goal step 3
  • Creating the Goal step 4
  • Creating the Goal step 5a
  • Creating the Goal step 5b
  • Creating the Goal step 6
  • Creating the Goal step 7
  • Creating the Goal step 8
  1. Click on the Goals icon (🏆) at the bottom left-hand side of your ClickUp window.
  2. Click on the + NEW GOAL button.
  3. Add in the Goal name, then click OK (or press ENTER).
  4. Assign the owner or whoever is responsible for this goal, then click ok (or press ENTER).
    • Note: You can assign more than one owner.
  5. Choose whether or not you want this goal to be viewed by everyone inside your ClickUp (insert name WORKSPACE) or if you want it set to a select few (PRIVATE), then click OK (or press ENTER).
  6. Set the due date if applicable, then click OK (or press ENTER).
  7. Add in the description, then click OK (or press ENTER).
  8. Goal is now created, now you can add in targets!

4. Track the Goal

With the structures in place and your goal set up, next you’ll need to add in the targets.

You will need to create a list then add in tasks that you can pull data from to track your goal. Depending on the type of goal you’re tracking, the progress can either be tracked automatically or manually… but we will get to those in a bit!

How to Create and Set Targets for Goals inside ClickUp

For Task-type Targets

  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 1
  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 2
  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 3
  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 4
  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 5
  • how to create task-type targets in clickup step 6
  1. Click the Create a Target button.
  2. Add the target name, then click OK (or press ENTER).
    • Template Setup
  3. Assign the owner or whoever is responsible for this target, then click ok (or press ENTER).
    • Note: You can assign more than one owner.
  4. Under Type of Target, select Tasks.
  5. Add task or Add List based on where you want to track data from, then click OK (or press ENTER).
    • In my example, I used Goals 🏆 Template [space] > Business Goals [folder] > Template Sales (1) [list].
  6. Your target Template Setup should now show up as a target for the Template Sales goal.

Note: The progress can be easily tracked by clicking on the bar to the right of the target name. Task-type targets can be tracked automatically since it feeds straight from the data inside the list you’ve selected.

For Number-type Targets

  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 1
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 2
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 3
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 4
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 5a
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 5b
  • how to create number-type targets in clickup step 7
  1. Click the Create a Target or + Add button.
  2. Add the target name, then click OK (or press ENTER).
    • Templates Sold
  3. Assign the owner or whoever is responsible for this target, then click ok (or press ENTER).
    • Note: You can assign more than one owner.
  4. Under Type of Target, select Number.
  5. Start is the minimum, and Target is the end goal. Select the number for this goal, and once you’re done, go click OK (or press ENTER).
  6. Your target Templates Sold should now show up as a target for the Template Sales goal.

Note: Number-type targets need to be tracked manually. You can click on the progress bar and update the number from there – set it to either increase or decrease, then press Update.

For Currency-type Targets

  • how to create currency-type targets in clickup step 1
  • how to create currency-type targets in clickup step 2
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  • how to create currency-type targets in clickup step 4
  • how to create currency-type targets in clickup step 5
  • how to create currency-type targets in clickup step 6
  1. Click the Create a Target or + Add button.
  2. Add the target name, then click OK (or press ENTER).
    • Templates Revenue
  3. Assign the owner or whoever is responsible for this target, then click ok (or press ENTER).
    • Note: You can assign more than one owner.
  4. Under Type of Target, select Currency
  5. Start is the minimum, and Target is the end goal. Add in the amount in $ for this goal, and once you’re done, go click OK (or press ENTER).
  6. Your target Templates Revenue should now show up as a target for the Template Sales goal.

Note: Much like number-type targets, you will also need to manually update the revenue. So, for the sake of accuracy, make sure the assignee to this target updates it in a timely manner.

What is the best way to view goals inside ClickUp?

There are actually two ways to view the goals you’ve set inside ClickUp.

Goal Dashboard – where you can use custom widgets to visually goal progress.

Goals Area – the fastest and easiest way to see an overview of the goal progress.

I, personally, prefer just hopping into the goals area because I’ve segmented my folders to make it super organized. Plus, I can access it immediately via mobile!


👇 ClickUp Goal Setting & Goal Tracking Pro Tips 👇

Conclusion:

To crush your goals in ClickUp, you need to do 4 key actions:

  1. Pre-planning is to get the seed idea of the goal and onto paper, so you can flesh it out before actually building structures inside ClickUp.
  2. Build ClickUp Structures when you have finalized the flow for the goal you have in mind. Spaces > Folders > List > Tasks… bear in mind that you will have some goals that overlap with each other and will need access to similar data.
  3. Create the Goal inside the goals area or on your goal dashboard… but like, ONLY if you’ve finished the first two listed above. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with a messy goal tracker!
  4. Track the Goal with targets and make sure you select the appropriate target type to make the most of the goal tracking feature. Remember that some target types will need to be manually updated to show goal progress (e.g. Number, Currency), so be mindful of keeping track of those data.

So, now that you have the gist of how to crush your goals inside, ClickUp, let me know in the comments and tell me what goal you’re going to set up and how easy it was.

Ambitious Wishes! and I’ll see you around.


New to ClickUp and need additional resources?

If you’re new here and you’re just learning about ClickUp, go download my ClickUp playbook.

Or for more personalized assistance and in-depth resources, you can join my Ambitious Academy. It’s THE best place where you can find ClickUp micro-courses and templates!

Published by Anne of AmbitiousVA

Anne is a Project Manager turned ClickUp Consultant and is now using her 12 years of combined administrative & information technology experience to help turn other businesses and entrepreneurs into productivity powerhouses solely using ClickUp. She has a unique ability to apply logical processes to business strategy to help others LevelUp their productivity and push the needle forward to meet their goals! She is tech-savvy, while keeping it plain English for her clients, allowing her to grasp the quickly evolving nature of cloud-based software fast and being just dangerous enough to help anyone adapt to it with ease. She’s also a gifted instructor and has impeccable training abilities.

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