A little while back, I wrote about the programme LifeTick, which helps you plan and keep track of your goals. If you missed the review, you can take a look at it here. I personally have been using LifeTick off and on for about two years, however there were a few things that I felt it was missing or that could have been designed differently. Don’t get me wrong, I still like LifeTick and recommended it as a nice programme, however I decided to go in search of something that better suited my needs.
After a bit of researching, I came across a programme called Goals On Track and decided to give it a go and boy am I glad that I did. Here are some of the things that I like about it most:
I am terrible at forming new habits. I have started the whole ‘take my vitamins every day for a month’ goal about a thousand times and each time I never quite manage it. I regularly lose the paper that I was using to keep track of when I have and haven’t taken them and without some sort of tracking method I am a hopeless cause, which is why I love the habits section of Goals On Track. Setting up a habit is super easy and there is the flexibility to adjust how many days a week your habit relates to. So you can easily have different habits which range from taking your vitamins every day of the week to exercising one day a week. Each time you complete your habit you click the box and a green tick shows up. To the left you have nice little statistics such as how many times you have done it and what percentage of the habit is formed. To form a habit, you have to have completed the habit 21 times in a row, so 21 consecutive days to form a daily habit, for example.
This was one of the items that I felt was severely missing from LifeTick and I was super happy to see it in Goals on Track. One of the goals I am tracking at the current moment is completing my master’s dissertation. I could do it as one main goal with a huge list of tasks but that doesn’t suit me very well as my dissertation is made up of four different research components. I love that I can have the overall goal of ‘Finish my dissertation’ with its own list of general dissertation related tasks under it but that I can also then have sub-goals such as ‘complete police research’ and ‘complete Dutch residents research’ each with its own set of tasks. Even better is the fact that the progress on each of these sub-goals feeds into and contributes to the progress on the overall goal – finishing my dissertation. You are able to adjust the percentage that each sub-goal contributes to the progress of the overall goal, which is another handy feature.
Goals On Track is brilliant with its ability to be flexible. It is so simple and easy to re-order goals, change dates on tasks, put goals on the ‘back burner’ and edit tasks. The programme is very simple to use and when something crops up in life, like the flu, you don’t have to delete everything and start again with your planning.
I am a strong believer that if you are going to take the time to plan out your goals then there should be some built in motivation to keep you going. Goals On Track provides that in several different forms. Firstly, you are able to select or upload a photo that represents each goal that you make. While this might not sound like a lot, for many people all it takes is a photo of Rome to get them going with their Italian lessons or a photo of that new car you want to entice you to save those 5 Euros in your pocket rather than spend it on something you don’t really want. A picture really can motivate. Goals On Track also provides you with a lot of visual graphs, charts, trackers, goal-related information/videos and even pdf reports are on the way. If you like watching the tracker bar gradually fill up as you work towards obtaining your weight loss or running goal or like to see a pie chart of just what you are spending your time on goal wise, then you are going to love Goals On Track.
There is so much more to Goals on Track that I really suggest you take a look at the list of features and have a look at some of the tutorials. Goals On Track membership costs $48 per year or $9.95 per month and you are free to cancel your membership at any time. They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee, so there is really no reason not to check it out, I don’t think you will regret it.
Off to work on some goals…
Cloggie In Training