GoalsOnTrack Blog

A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

New feature: task reminders by email

We recently added a new feature which allows you to set email reminders for tasks. Now there is a new checkbox field on the task form, as shown in this screenshot:

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If it’s checked, you will receive 3 email reminders about this task on its due date, 1 day before and two days before. The task with a reminder set will have a bell icon shown next to its name.

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In addition to this, there have been some minor fixes to the Tasks page and Reports page.

As always, please let us know if you have any feature suggestions or found any bugs.

Three Fool-Proof Strategies to Keep Your Goals on Track in 2011

By Alex Work

 

Getting motivated to achieve the things we want from life usually isn’t difficult-at first. We always start off with a belly-full of scorching motivation. But then what happens? We become tired, we give up after a big setback lands before us, we begin to doubt ourselves.

Here are three fool-proof methods that you can use to take your goals to the next level over 2011–

Learn and Track What Motivates You, and What Does Not.

Seems like an obvious one, but many of us choose goals that don’t really inspire us. We choose them because they seem like the right thing to do, or we do it because someone else is doing it, or simply because we want to accomplish it for somebody else. Your goals must drive and inspire you utterly and completely. After all, on those days when you don’t feel like pursuing your dreams, when you are tired or sick or fed up with not seeing the progress you want, the only person that you are going to have to explain yourself to is the one in the mirror.

Know Where to Start.

No process happens overnight, especially success. It requires work, time and sacrifice, and if your goal is truly world-class, probably involves a large number of steps to accomplish. Looking at this overall picture can make it easy to get overwhelmed or scared, but once you break things down and look at the pieces right in front of you, it becomes much easier to act. The Ironman athlete doesn’t think about the totality of the race ahead of them-he or she thinks of the next couple swim strokes, the next few revolutions of bike, the next couple strides during the run. Focus on the things that you have to accomplish that are right before you. The rest will take care of itself in due time.

Make Success a Routine.

Our brain loves order. Believe it or not, but our brain functions optimally when we segment tasks for specific times and durations. For the goals you have in mind make a daily “minimum” list. If your goal is to eat healthier, resolve to eat at least 3 servings of veggies per day. Make success a part of your daily routine, and you will find that you will hardly ever have to try to get motivated ever again- you’ll simply go along achieving as if on auto-pilot.