|11-02-2010, 01:41 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
My experience with goal setting software
Twenty days ago, I started using some goal setting software to see where it would lead. I planned on talking about it when I reached the two week point but forgot, hehe.
At the time I decided to try it, there was a discussion on whether or not it was worthwhile. I didn't know at the time that such programs existed and after a simple Google search, I was presented with a "Top 5" list. I chose the one that most suited me, GoalPro.
I won't go into too much detail on the features but I am quite pleased with the results. I've always struggled with tracking my goals. Since using goal tracking software, that has changed 100%. Now, I have no trouble tracking my goals. GoalPro has something called a goal tree, where you set major goals and smaller, supplementary goals. You can branch tasks, appointments, success questions and more on there. I find that feature super handy for getting a quick overview.
The other feature that I use the most is the journal. It's nice to sit down, review your goals and journal about your progress all in one shot. I believe those two things working in tandem are what makes it so effective. I've been coming up with goal ideas as I journal, which I store in the ScribblePad feature, literally a virtual notebook.
There's also the Success Coach, which gives you a daily checklist of things to do. I'm pretty sure you can modify the checklist, although I haven't looked at it too much yet. There's an AM review and a PM review which goes through your goals, progress, motivational pictures and quotes and even charts on your motivation. At first, I did both the AM and PM reviews consistently but I find looking at it once a day is enough.
My overall consensus is this: if you commit yourself 100% to this process, it will work wonders. When you set goals, flesh them out. Talk about the benefits, talk about the challenges you will face, set a timeline. It's fun and it works. The best part of all, it's on the computer. For the last five years, my day starts with me on the computer, checking the news. Now I check my goals. It fits in so very nicely
I know I'm not the only one who can't use the paper and pen method. Do yourself a favor and try some software. Many of them offer trial periods so it would be an injustice to yourself not to at least try. It's honestly changed my life. My first two goals will be achieved on Thursday and I already have the next two scheduled to begin on Thursday. It's the greatest feeling in the world.
|11-02-2010, 05:55 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2008
GoalPro looks like very good software, but probably a bit overkill for me. I've tried a few different methods and what works best for me is a personal wiki. A wiki lets me write down everything, categorize, upload files and keeps a history of everything I've ever written (including things I've deleted).
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