If we all lived in a world where there was no sense of urgency, where everything went according to plan and you had plenty of time to have fun, what would that be like? While this may be a rather enjoyable vision, life just doesn’t go that way for most people. What if you could live like that though - and actually achieve the ‘work-life balance’ that everyone is so keen on these days. Read more
If you work really hard to achieve your goals but don’t enjoy the journey, you’re delaying the essence of life. Committing to your goals doesn’t mean you slave away at work you dislike, celebrating only the destination. A real abiding commitment means that you love what you do each day. You are at least as passionate about the path as you are about the results. If you love the path you’re on, your passion motivates you to keep taking the next step.
But passion alone isn’t enough. Read more
By Ray Williams
Some people work best in the mornings, others in afternoons, and still others are night-owls and are more productive then. So goes conventional wisdom, which may be challenged from the perspective of happiness and productivity. Read more
Start Fresh in the New Year
Do you have big goals in 2016? Maybe run the Route 66 Marathon (Oklahoma) … hike through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (Georgia) … or trek the Grand Canyon (Arizona). Often these big dreams start with the smallest of healthy habits.
Whatever your goals, we’ve come up with a list of small habits that are a synch to incorporate into your daily routine. They’ll have you moving more and feeling great!
If you Google “daily habits of successful people” you’ll find almost every business-focused media outlet represented in the results. But if you’re looking for a guaranteed roadmap to success, don’t get excited just yet. If you read all of those articles, or even a few of them, you’ll soon realize that successful people have a wide range of daily habits. Read more
Developing good habits is the basic of personal development and growth. Everything we do is the result of a habit that was previously taught to us. Unfortunately, not all the habits that we have are good, that’s why we are constantly trying to improve.
The following is a list of 30 practical habits that can make a huge difference in your life. Read more
We are excited to announce the launch of new GoalsOnTrack iPhone and iPad (iOS7 style) mobile app, called “GoalsOnTrack App”. It’s available on App Store and ready for download now. Simply search for “goalsontrack” on App Store. This version is a complete redesign of the old iPhone app and is especially optimized for iPad users.
The new version has been designed to be fast, responsive, easier to use and more consistent with current web app. It syncs seamlessly across the iPhone, iPad and web versions. Now the app supports offline mode, where you can use the app without an internet connection. All your changes will be cached locally on your device and can be later synced with the server incrementally.
If you are new to GoalsOnTrack, please note that the new GoalsOnTrack iOS app is for current members only. So you will need an active account/login to access and use the app. If you have an older version of the iPhone app, please remove the old version and then re-install the new version to avoid crashes or potential sync problems.
We are always improving and would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. So please let us know what you think and tell us if there is any feature we can improve or add. Thanks!
Recently we released an upgrade which includes a few new features around Calendar page and some small fixes here and there. Most of the new features have been added based on your requests. We appreciate your continued support and interest. Please let us know anything you can think of that may help you achieve your goals.
1. View more tasks by status and tags
On Calendar page, now we have added a new column to the right, dedicated to two navigation sections. One is viewing tasks by status, such as Active, Completed, or All. The other is viewing by task tags. Tags listed here will only include those that have been assigned to your active goals.
2. Use your own colors for goals
We have added support for assigning colors to goals. Using a given goal color, the calendar page will display the tasks that belong to that goal using its goal color. By default, if you don’t assign any color, a default gray color will be used. To assign colors, go to Goals page, just edit a goal and pick the color you like. When a color is picked, the goal section title will also show in a gradient version of that color as background.
3. iCalendar feeds
We have also added iCalendar feed for “All Goals” on Calendar page. Instead of sync your GOT calendar with an external calendar, one goal at a time, you can all sync all your goals with just one iCalendar feed. To get this feed, simply copy and paste the link shown next to the “Calendar for ” dropdown list and make sure “All goals” is selected. Otherwise, you will be getting the feed link for that selected goal only.
Hope you like the new features and improvements. As always, any questions or feedback is much appreciated.
Do you want to be more productive or know how to increase your productivity? Imagine this scenario…
Five women get together every Saturday for brunch. The girlfriends discuss their week and the things they have accomplished. One among these women truly stands out. She’s a single parent of two children, the administrator of a nursing home for the elderly, a parent coordinator for the PTA, a member of a hiking club, a piano teacher, a board member of a local concert association, a blogger, freelance writer, and just joined a book club.
Perhaps, you are asking, “Where does she find the time?” What is the secret to her success?
The secret is productivity. She doesn’t have more hours in the day than everyone else; instead, she has learned how to use her hours productively. Successful people like her find ways to measure and improve productivity to get things done effectively and efficiently. If you want to be more successful, you must implement strategies to become more productive.
Enhancing productivity is an approach to life. Productive people set and achieve goals and improve skills for peak performance. Activities are coordinated and integrated for building best practices and best practices are incorporated to get the best results from people, projects, and all pursuits in life.
As we observe and study the practices of productive people, we will discover 8 strategies which improve productivity.
1. Setting Goals and Priorities for Achievement
If we don’t set goals with milestones, we won’t know if a goal is a long-term goal or a short-term goal. As a result, we are not in sync with our goals and we slow down our productivity. By setting goals with milestones, we can monitor the rate by which we achieve our goals and diminish procrastination. Milestones help us become more productive by directing a clear path for identifying our priorities.
Consequently, priorities keep us on task and prevent procrastination. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I just spend an hour doing that when I really needed to be doing this?” Productive people prioritize their efforts according to definite wants. What are definite wants? Definite wants are things you know have the ability to affect a set goal.
Because productive people have already set their goals and milestones, it is easier to prioritize. Daily priorities are executed according to these goals causing an organic boost in productivity.
2. Organizing and Managing Logistics and Technology
If prioritizing is king of productivity, then organizing is reigning queen. Saying “organizing helps productivity” is an understatement. To become more productive, organizing and coordinating your activities are required.
However, you can organize with the best of them but if don’t have what you need to get things done it is futile. Similarly, unnecessary gadgets and supplies can serve as a distraction. Do you really need three smart phones? Do you really need four staplers crowding your desk? Does everyone in your office need a laptop and an iPad? Managing supplies and technology is important to:
a) Eliminate distractions leading to procrastination
b) Cut cost
c) Use resources wisely
3. Testing and Integrating Activities
Throughout the day, it is important to test activities and see what works best. Testing formulates best practices you can use continually. For example, did the mass email you sent out at 8:30 a.m. reach all of your junior executives? Did the staff meeting inspire and motivate your team to complete a project closely approaching its deadline?” Learning ways to test the efficiency and effectiveness of activities helps you become more productive.
After you conduct your tests, you may find ways to integrate your activities. When you integrate activities, you discover things you can do simultaneously. For example the exceptionally efficient friend among the five women uncovered a way she could outline her daily blog, help her children with their homework, avoid getting stuck in afterschool traffic, and use a facility with a piano to teach piano lessons. What did she do? She enrolled her children in an afterschool program at a local church. The church allowed her to use the facility to teach piano lessons. Her lessons started at 4:00 p.m. and this gave her time to outline her blog. The program picked her children up from school, provided homework assistance, and enrichment activities.
4. Managing Other People According to Your Priorities
As one grows in his or her success, he or she will discover management includes managing other people.
Managing other people creates cooperation for productivity. Yes, managing others requires that your goals and priorities are share with others (even if on a need-to-know basis). If people are not managed according to your priorities, then productivity slows. Productivity slows down because people don’t know what to do first, second, third, and so on.
Hence, to effectively manage other people for productivity, you must excel in the following functions:
- Planning - Make sure others understand strategies for achieving goals.
- Organizational Communication - Make sure others know what needs to be done, who will do it, and how it must be done satisfactorily.
- Leading - Motivating others, directing, and supporting their efforts while inspiring them to do more.
- Monitoring - Providing feedback on performance which includes comparing and correcting to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of work.
5. Eliminating Waste
If someone or something is wasting time and prohibiting productivity, productive people will eliminate the waste. Spending too much time on things and people that interfere with achieving goals can slow down productivity. While it may seem cutthroat, eliminating waste is a necessary evil.
6. Improving for Efficiency in Desired Areas
To increase productivity, one must know what areas will get the best results and improve these areas. Will learning a second language improve your business? If so, what language would best serve your business? Know where improvements will serve you best.
7. Practicing Rational and Effective Decision-Making
Wishy-washy people get wish-washy results. Success Philosopher, Napoleon Hill stated in his famed and acclaimed work, Think and Grow Rich:
“Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”
And yes, this applies to women as well. Definite decision-making gets results.
8. Allowing Flexibility
We have all heard the expression, “back to the drawing board.” Flexibility supports productivity and flexibility requires:
1. Admitting when something is not working.
2. Listening to the ideas of others and then implementing the best ideas.
3. Changing your approach to achieve desired goals if necessary.
4. Reorganizing when necessary.
5. Not sweating the small stuff.
Finally, as your life moves towards success, you will discover the need to get more things done in less time. Learning how to get more things done in less time requires you to enhance your productivity. The more productive you become, the more accomplished you are. And soon, your friends and associates will ask you, “Where do you find the time?”
It has been a while since our last major upgrade with new vision board features. We have been working on a few relatively small fixes here and there during this time. Here are some recent changes that you may have seen in the program.
1. Goal progress stats: Now the goal progress bar shows the actual statistics of your task completion progress made on goal, either the numbers of tasks completed or the actual metrics units vs. the total.
2. Complete task note: Now you are able to enter a quick note when completing a task. This may be useful for writing down things related to the task, such as the outcome of the task, reference information, etc. These notes are visible immediately in the completed tasks section, and also from the Tasks page.
3. Fixed a bug in completing tasks while a specific goal category is selected on Dashboard page.
4. Fixed a bug in setting goal category as parent goal when converted to sub goal.
5. More date view ranges on Tasks page: now you will see more options such as Tomorrow, Next Week for active tasks, and Yesterday, Last Week for completed tasks.
6. Fixed a bug in misalignment of timezone difference between tasks from GOT and those synced with Google Calendar or iCal feeds.
7. Fixed a bug in adding journal entries that have unusual character sequence that conflicts with encryption algorithm.
We’ll keep improving and adding new features to the program. If you ever find any problems or bugs, or have any suggestions or feature requests, please do let us know. Thanks for your continuous support.