GoalsOnTrack Blog

A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

New feature for removing tasks and improved progress report

We pushed another update to the site today. Now you are able to remove all tasks under a goal, without the need to do it manually. You may find it useful if you accidentally schedule too many recurring tasks and later decide to remove them all.

Another improvement included in this update is the progress report. We’ve changed the chart graph so that now it shows the “accumulative” progress percentages for each day for the given period, as you will have clearer picture of how much progress you’re making by viewing the chart.

Please check out the update about these two items and let us know if you experience any problems.

Maintenance release - 28/9/2009

We deployed a maintenance release to production server last weekend. This release includes a few improvements such as paginations for goals and tasks pages, remembering goal category selection, as well as a few minor fixes, etc.

Several new features are under development right now and will be released in coming weeks.

Four Simple Ways to Ensure You Achieve Any Goals You Set

Sometimes it’s relatively easy to set goals, but the hard part is how to really achieve them. Everyone can set a few goals. It’s no big deal to set some goals, such as, to excercise more, to eat right food, to lose weight, to earn more money, to spend more time with family, to learn more etc. But how many of us can honestly say that we have accomplished all the goals we have set for ourselves? Probably only a very few.

Here are several simple tips that can help you really achieve the goals you want to accomplish.

1. Have a strong reason or purpose

Oftentimes we set goals without thinking too much about them. Are those things really what we want? From deep down, you have to ask yourself if a goal or result is really, really something that YOU want, not influenced by someone else, or society, or cultural backgrounds. That is, in order to have the strong emotional support for achieving your goal, you must find a strong reason(or reasons) to convince youself
why you want to accomplish this goal, why it is important to you.

It helps by asking youself such questions as:

“Why do I want it?”

“Why is it important to me?”

“What if I don’t achieve it, why does it matter?”

“What difference does it make if I indeed achieved it?”

By having true answers to these questions that you totally believe in, you will have a solid emotional foundation upon which to lanuch your steps toward actually achieving your dreams.

2. Find a meaningful measurement for your goal

One of the common reasons we don’t get to accomplish our goal is because we sometimes get frustrated and disappointed when things don’t go the way we expect them to. Then we tend to lose heart and eventually quit trying more. A simple and effective solution to this problem is to find a meaningful and realistic measurement for your goal so that you will know you are always making progress no matter what the actual results you get.

For example, your goal may be to start a home business to support yourself. Now one thing you can use for measuring your progress is how many tasks or things that you do to move you towards the completion of your goal, regardless of whether or not the result of that task or thing you do turns out to be successful.

Back to the example, while working towards your goal, you may have researched on 3 business ideas, made 5 calls to people to seek advice. Even through none of the ideas turns out to be plausible, none of calls turns out to give you any guidance, you are still making progress. Because you have done eight things (5 biz ideas and 5 calls) that move you forward, and that’s progress, regardless of their actual results.

To accomplish anything worthwhile means experiencing many small successes and failures along the way. So long as you keep going, keep trying, keep making progress, keep working on your goal, you will eventually achieve your goal. It’s that simple.

3. Focus on spending enough time required on your goals

Another common pitfall that we fall for is that we don’t spend enough time required for achieving the goal. We tend to underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually accomplish something we really want. Otherwise we wouldn’t have set the goal in the first place if we thought it’d be so hard to accomplish.

We don’t quite know how long it usually takes an average person to accomplish something similar to what we want to achieve. Until we know, we tend to get impatient when things don’t seem to happen fast enough, when we don’t see the results we want sooner enough. Eventually this kind of impatient state of mind will sabotage our goal.

So if you want to accomplish something but don’t know how long it usually takes other people to do it, go and do some research, get some answers so that you have a realistic idea. For example, if you want to make one million dollars, go and ask people who have done it, how long it took them. Also remember to ask how much time they worked each day on average and the total amount of time they worked until they realized their goal.

4. Form a habit of reviewing your goals and plans daily

One thing that can ensure the realization of your goal is to be consistent. You must put consistent effort into doing the action steps that yield the results required by your goal. One simple way to do this, is to form a habit of reviewing your goals and plans everyday. The important thing is to make this into a habit, so that you will never have to remember, to think about it. Therefore you will never be easily sidetracked.

It usually requires a little effort to form any habit at the first, but once the habit is formed, then you are all set. Try a 30-day habit forming plan. Each day for the next 30 days, force yourself to find time to review your goals and actions, think about them, and reflect how you’re doing with them, and what you need to do next. Stick to this plan for 30 days, I can assure you that after 30 days, you will do this everyday without having to remind yourself.

Most recent release

Last week we deployed another performance release. In that release, we’ve further optimized the code so that the dashboard and tasks pages load much faster now.

We’ve also added a “Delete” command in the quick “Re-Schedule” button on dashboard. This small function is useful if you find you no longer need to complete a task that is overdue or not worth doing at all.

We’ve also added feature to import tasks in ICS format, from programs such as Google Calender, iCalender, etc. To give it try, go to “Settings” on the top right of the page, and then select “Import Tasks” link.

In our current development sprint, we’re working on fixing all critial bugs and avoiding potential performance bottlenecks, and further optiming the layout for tasks and sub tasks pages.

As always, please don’t hesitate to send in your feedback.