Success is something that almost all college students want to achieve one day. They set goals for themselves, work hard and do everything to become successful. Of course some students struggle and fall as time goes on.
Plattsburgh State University adjunct lecturer in the English department Aimee Baker, who is also an author of a book, said, for her personally, she always sets goals for herself, and after those goals have been achieved, she sets more goals for herself. Read more
After almost two years of development, we are now pretty close to launching the whole new version of the GoalsOnTrack. It will be a complete makeover with lots of improvements over speed, performance, functionality and features.
In the upcoming version, you will see significant changes and improvements to the current version.
1. New layout and improved UI
We have complete redesigned the user interface so that it’ll be more visually appealing, and feel more motivating to use.
Let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year!
If you are thinking about making new year resolutions or creating new goals for this year, allow me to share with you three simple methods that have worked very well for me and many others over the years.
1. Write it down. Write down your goals, resolutions, or any changes you want to see in your life. Make it a daily routine. It will work wonders for you. Trust. Me.
2. Work on it every day. Focus your effort on one or two most important goals and make it a point to do something for it everyday, even for only 5 minutes. Write it down. Think about it. Talk about it. They all count.
3. Be willing to restart. Some goals are not meant to be achieved at first go. Accept the failure and simply restart. Things often turn around for better after no more than three or four tries.
Finally, adopt a good goal system to keep you organized and movitated. Please take advantage of our first day of the year sale to jump start your 2017.
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Have a great year!
I hope you all had a great time during the New Year holidays and you are all getting on track with your 2014 goals. In this post, I’d like to share with you some of the current developments with GoalsOnTrack and a few things we’d like to do in the new year.
The main thing we have been working on lately is the new iOS app which will be a universal app supporting both iPhone and iPad, with optimized layout for each platform (new Android app will come later in the year). It’s been taking us a while and I am happy to say that it’s coming along well and we are almost there. If you are interested in being a beta tester, please let us know.
The app performance is one of things we are always trying to improve. We have had a little bit of trouble with our hosting providers at the beginning of the month. It must have caused you some inconvenience. I apologize for that and I just want you to know that we take this seriously and we’re doing everything we can to ensure maximum performance and availability of the service.
In addition to the new mobile apps, we’ll also improve on some of the existing features in the next few months, such as goal progress tracking, recurring tasks, more ways to track habits, vision board and reporting. We have received many valuable feedback and suggestions from you. We appreciate that very much and are always open to your ideas on how to make the program more useful in helping you achieve goals.
Also we will be looking at adding more goal templates and perhaps supporting languages other than English. So if you have any suggestions or comments in these two areas, please do let us know. Again thank you for your continuing interest and support and wish you all have a prosperous and successful 2014!
By Harry Che
Perhaps the most frustrating and unmotivated thing about working toward a goal is when we don’t see any progress. Or what we see, we are not that sure it is the real progress. When this happens, we must come up with better ways to define and measure the progress.
For example, say our goal is to start a business. For this type of goals, it’s difficult to find a quick metric that can measure our progress accurately. However, what we can do is to create many mini goals, or sub goals, or milestones for it. Whatever you call it, the key is to create a path that lines up the middle points and connects where we are now to where we will be when the goal is reached.
Back to our example, we may create this “progress path” for mapping out how we get from the start point to the end goal, which is that a business is successfully started:
Point 1. Start point, wherever we are right now.
Point 2. Collected a good set of business ideas.
Point 3. Evaluated and decided on one business idea to go with.
Point 4. A product prototype is created.
Point 5. Product prototype received market/user feedback.
Point 6. Product is adjusted or improved based on feedback.
Point 7. A website and sales tools have been set up.
Point 8. Received first order.
Point 9. Delivered the first product.
Point 10. Business has been started.
As you can see, this path contains 10 points, whenever we reach a point, we will have made a small progress, which in this case is 10%, 20%, …, until we reach point 10, we will have reached 100% of the goal.
Now for each point, we may want to further break it down if this looks too vague or overwhelming. We could use the similar progress path method to list out the sub points for reaching each bigger point. As we complete these sub points, even if we haven’t reached the bigger/parent point, we can still measure our progress. For example, if we add 10 more sub points to point 1, then whenever we complete a sub point, we make progress of 1%, 2%, 3%, etc. So on and so forth.
If we could systematically break down our goals so that they can be effectively measured, then making progress is simply a matter of completing whatever that smallest step we need to take. As long as we keep doing this, consistently and persistently, no goal in the world we cannot accomplish. If there is a path, then we can reach the end goal.
Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews has advice for those who put ‘stop procrastinating’ on their list of New Year’s resolutions: Share your goals with a friend.
Research recently conducted by Matthews shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.
Matthews became interested in the study of procrastination about 10 years ago after reading an article in Fast Company magazine about the “1953 Yale Study of Goals.” The premise of the study — that people who write down specific goals for their future are far more likely to be successful than those who have either unwritten goals or no specific goals at all — has inspired the teachings of many self-help authors and personal coaches.
The only trouble is that the study was never actually conducted. The 1996 Fast Company article debunked the Yale study as little more than an often-quoted urban legend.
However, Matthews’ research now backs up the conclusions long attributed to the mythical Yale study.
“With the proliferation of business and personal coaching and the often anecdotal reports of coaching success, it is important that this growing profession be founded on sound scientific research,” Matthews said.
Matthews recruited 267 participants from a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and networking groups throughout the United States and overseas for a study on how goal achievement in the workplace is influenced by writing goals, committing to goal-directed actions, and accountability for those actions. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 72 and represented a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
Participants in Matthews’ study were randomly assigned to one of five groups.
Group 1 was asked to simply think about the business-related goals they hoped to accomplish within a four-week block and to rate each goal according to difficulty, importance, the extent to which they had the skills and resources to accomplish the goal, their commitment and motivation, and whether they had pursued the goal before (and, if so, their prior success).
Groups 2-5 were asked to write their goals and then rate them on the same dimensions as given to Group 1.
Group 3 was also asked to write action commitments for each goal.
Group 4 had to both write goals and action commitments and also share these commitments with a friend.
Group 5 went the furthest by doing all of the above plus sending a weekly progress report to a friend.
Broadly categorized, participants’ goals included completing a project, increasing income, increasing productivity, improving organization, enhancing performance/achievement, enhancing life balance, reducing work anxiety, and learning a new skill. Specific goals ranged from writing a chapter of a book to listing and selling a house.
Of the original 267 participants, 149 completed the study. These participants were asked to rate their progress and the degree to which they had accomplished their goals.
At the end of the study, the individuals in Group 1 only accomplished 43 percent of their stated goals. Those in Group 4 accomplished 64 percent of their stated goals, while those in Group 5 were the most successful, with an average 76 percent of their goals accomplished.
“My study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goals,” Matthews said.