I have always made my goals the old-fashioned way with a pen and paper. Although, pen and paper are still my preferred way to establish my goals, I like to brainstorm ideas before I write the final goal.
I have found that online tools make it easy to keep track of your goals and habits. Most of us have access to technology all of the time. It can be a fun and motivate you to keep up with goals and habits on a daily basis. By using technology, I feel more accountable for achieving them. These online tools can also make goal setting fun and easy. When it is fun you are more likely to stick to it.
Here are some of the software and apps that I have discovered. I am currently using some of the programs.
1. Goal-Buddy – This cloud-based software allows you to name, set and manage your goals easily. There is a step by step process that helps you write S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely) goals. After you set your goals you can track your process.
2. Mint –This cloud based software also has a phone app. It is made by Intuit(Quickbooks) which is a leading business books company. If you need to get control over your finances, want to set up goals such as establishing a six-month emergency savings account, start a business and other goals, you can use this software to track your financial success and projections.
4. Intuit(Quickbooks) Self Employed- this is a cloud based software made by the same company as Mint. If you are self-employed this is a good software and app to keep track of your business expenses, invoices, estimated taxes, and mileage. The mileage tracking app works on your phone and will track your mileage while you are driving.
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5. Basecamp – This is really a project management system, but any goal has to have actionable steps involved or milestones and tasks to take to reach success. You can use Basecamp for any project that needs to be broken into steps. You can use this with your personal or business life.
5. GoalsOnTrack – This software has features that help you “chunk down” any goal into reasonable and easy-to-follow steps. You can keep track of daily habits and action items you set to achieve your goals. They also have a vision board feature. You can choose some of the preloaded pictures or upload your own.
Link – http://www.goalsontrack.com/
6. Goalscape – If you are a visual person you will like Goalscape. I goal scape you can see your goals in pictures, charts and graphs. You’ll create a Wheel of Life with your goal in the middle and everything you need to do to reach the goal will circle it. So you can see it in one glance.
7. Smart Goals Templates – Here are some free goals setting templates. You can fill in the blanks using goal setting steps for personal and business.
It doesn’t really matter what goals setting tool you use. The important thing is that you have a way to visualize your goals, have steps to achieve them and a way to keep track of your progress.
Do you have a favorite way to keep track of your goals? What is your biggest challenge when it comes to achieving goals?
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