As you probably know that we’ve launched iCalendar feeds for goals and tasks. We had a few problems in integration with Google Calendar recently, but now they’ve been resolved.
To sync with Google Calendar, simply copy and paste the webcal link to the “Add URL” prompt in Google Calendar app. Here is how to do it.
Step 1. Copy the webcal link for your goal from your “Goals” page:
Step 2. Find the “Add by URL” menu in Google Calendar:
Step 3. Paste the webcal link and click “Add Calendar” button:
Then you should be able to see your goal’s tasks in Google Calendar. Let me know if you are having any problem with this.
If you use Outlook, you may want to check out a new feature we’ve recently added. It’s the iCalendar feed for your goal’s active tasks. With iCalendar feed, you can easily sync your tasks with a program that supports iCalendar data format, such as Outlook, Yahoo Calendar, etc.
To use iCalendar feed for your goals, first go to the “Goals” page, and click on the “iCalendar” link at top right of goal section. This is a “webcal://” link, which is recognized and is usually associated with Microsoft Outlook by default.
Once you click on this link, Outlink will automatically try to add it as a calendar. Click yes to continue and then you will see all the active tasks for your goals are shown in your Outlook Calendar. Because it’s an iCalendar feed, every time you update tasks for that goal, the changes will show up in Outlook as well.
However, please note that the iCalendar feed uses an automatic login mechanism, so make sure you do not publish that webcal link where you don’t want other people to see your goals and tasks.
Just a quick update to let you know that we’re working on a new feature that allows you to sync your tasks between GoalsOnTrack and Outlook. As we’ve learned, many users still keep using Outlook as their main task management tool. Now this new feature will make it easy for you to import and export tasks from Outlook, or from GoalsOnTrack to Outlook.
We’re planning to add more support for this kind of data integration with other popular software. Please let me know which tasks/todo list management tools you would like to see GoalsOnTrack integrate with.
Let me give you some thoughts on time management. Here is a list of things you should consider to make the most of your time:
1. Run the day or it will run you.
Part of the key to time management is just staying in charge. Here’s what usually happens: We start something and we’re in control, but as the day starts to unfold, we start losing it. It’s like running a business. If you don’t stay on top of things, the business will run you before long. You have to stop every once in a while and say, “Wait! Who’s in charge here?”
“Some will master and some will serve.”
Here’s a good phrase to remember: “Some will master and some will serve.” That’s the nature of life, and you have to make sure you become the master. You have to run the day. You have to stay in charge.
What is the key to staying in charge? You must have your written set of goals with you at all times. Prioritize your goals and decide which are important. Constantly review your goals, then make them a part of a good written game plan.
With your game plan in hand, try to separate the majors from the minors, the really important things from the things that you just have to do. And prioritize. A little thought will save you a lot of time.
Is this a major day or a minor day? Adjust your time accordingly. Is this a major conversation or a minor conversation? A lot of people don’t do well in this area, and here’s why: They major in minor things. They spend too much time on things that don’t count and too little time on things that should count.
2. Don’t mistake movement for achievement.
You probably know some people around you who are just plain busy being busy. You’ve got to be busy being productive.
Consider this: A man comes home at night and flops down on the couch. He says, “I’ve been going, going, going.” But the real question is, “Doing what?” Some people are going, going, going, but they’re doing figure eights. They’re not making much progress.
Don’t mistake movement for achievement. Evaluate the hours in your days, and see if there’s a lot of wasted time that you could manage better.
3. Concentrate on where you are.
You’ve just got to zero in on the job at hand. Don’t start your business day until you get to the business. I used to start my business day in the shower. I’m trying to compose a letter in the shower. I’m not awake yet, and I’m trying to compose a letter. I found out that it doesn’t work that way. Wait to get to the office to start your work. Don’t start your business day at the breakfast table. It’s not good for the family, and it’s not very productive.
So here’s what you’ve got to do. On the way to work, concentrate on your driving. In the shower, concentrate on the shower. At the breakfast table, concentrate on the family. Wherever you are, be there. Don’t be somewhere else. Give whatever you’re doing the gift of attention. Give people the gift of attention. Concentrate on where you are.
4. Learn to say no.
Boy, it’s easy in a society like ours to just say yes too much, to over-obligate yourself. Then it takes all that time to back out of it. Don’t say yes too quickly. It’s better to say, “I don’t know if I can make it, but I’ll give you a call.” It’s nicer to say that than to back out later.
Being too eager to please can be dangerous. You need to appreciate yourself, your time, your limits.
One of my colleagues has a good saying: “Don’t let your mouth overload your back.” Being too eager to please can be dangerous. You need to appreciate yourself, your time, your limits. Know when your commitment to someone else will end up taking time away from yourself and your family. Appreciate your special time alone. And appreciate your time with those you love and those who love you.
This is especially important when it comes to charity work. A group of entrepreneurs I know have been very successful in their own business. They get a lot of press. And they’ve been swamped with requests to do pro bono work. They must get a couple offers a month to sit on one charity board or another. Here’s how they handle it: They take all requests, weigh them for time commitments and evaluate them for opportunities. Then they take a collective vote on which two they’ll accept during the next year.
You can’t immediately say yes to offers that sound prestigious. You can’t immediately say yes to social functions, even if they sound like a lot of fun. You’ve got to say maybe and take time to evaluate what’s truly important to you and what will just take time away from your ambitions and your family.
Be eager to please yourself and your family. Don’t be so eager to please everybody else. Appreciate your own limits. You don’t have to fill up every second of the day; take time to appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
5. Appreciate the little details.
Your success should be a pleasure. Appreciating what you’ve acquired and what you’ve done and who you’ve become is important. It’s an important component in fueling your future achievements. Just knowing that you finished all you started out to do that day… that’s encouraging! It’s these little daily gains that continue to fuel your achievement.
Let’s say you’re figuring out tomorrow’s game plan tonight, and tomorrow looks pretty light. So all you write down for tomorrow is “cleanup day.” Clean up all the little notes on your desk. Write all the thank-you notes you haven’t gotten around to writing all week. Take care of a few phone calls that keep getting shuffled from one day to the next. It’s just minor stuff. Nonetheless, it’s the little stuff that keeps weighing you down until you get it done.
So you spend your day in cleanup mode. You file the notes, write the thank-you cards, make the phone calls. It’s not a major day. But at the end of the day, you feel you’ve accomplished so much. Why? Because you’ve taken care of so many little details. It’s the little details that can make a major difference. You feel like you’ve really achieved something during a day that started out to be so minor.
Little achievements are just as important as big achievements. Success is the constant process of working toward your goals, little achievement by little achievement. Little achievements produce big results. Anything is possible in those 24 hours we’re given each day.
This article was written by Jim Rohn, the foremost personal achievement philosopher who inspired millions with his insightful and positive messages. Visit http://tribute.JimRohn.com
Acronyms are popular for a reason: they give people a way to remember a more complex idea by giving them a device by which to remember it. This is more than a hip buzzword, though, they are a practice that when applied help businesses, other organizations, and individuals progress at a new pace.
What are SMART goals? A way to check to see if goals are realistic. Let’s say you want to use technology to make your life easier, you might set a New Year’s Resolution of “Use technology more.” Sounds like a great idea for most people, right? The scraps of paper, notes scrawled hither and thither, texts and emails and other electronic communications sent over various platforms easily missed and not close to being efficient—what could be better than streamlining through technology? But how does “use technology more” measure up as a goal when we use a metric like SMART? What does it mean? What can you tell from the goal? SMART is a way to look at your goal to decide whether or not it can help you achieve.
Do You Have Specific Goals?
“I want to use technology more” While it is a goal that specifies an area where you want to accomplish something, it’s vague. Why do you want to use technology more? Are you learning a new program related to your philanthropic ventures? Have your kids gotten frustrated with a voicemail, text, Facebook Messenger AND email reminding them to walk the dog? Be specific in your goal and you’re likely to be more successful. “I want to use technology to run a more efficient household.” Giving your goal a specific reason, even if it seems obvious to you, makes it more than just an item on a to do list. It helps you to set a powerful intention.
Do You Have Measurable Goals?
So, you want to start using apps and other technology. And you want to do it to be more efficient in how you run your household. That’s a good start to your goal. But, technically, you could simply just start using one mode of communication, like texting, and have met your goal. Or, on the other side of the coin, you could start using seven apps that all do the same thing, wasting lots time. People like to see progress and chart changes—think about the popularity of apps that track everything from water intake to steps taken and stairs climbed. By making your goal measurable you accomplish a few things:
- You put more thought and time into setting the goal, which makes you more invested.
- You can track your progress which helps you feel successful along the journey rather than just at the end.
- You are more likely to hold yourself accountable.
Your goal might now look like, “I want to use technology to find one app that will help me run a more efficient household and use only that app for 90 days.”
Are Your Goals Achievable?
An important part of setting better goals is assessing whether or not they are achievable. Like the investment of time in making measurable goals, taking time to assess whether or not goals are achievable is an important step. If you are in the midst of a life-changing event, don’t know how to download apps and sync them across users, or have not spent any time researching good ideas for apps, you’re not going to achieve your goal. If members of your family don’t use smartphones you’re also not going to achieve it. While your SMART goal doesn’t need to change in wording ask yourself if it’s doable — is it possible for every member of your household? Have you built time into your schedule to research apps?
Are Your Goals Realistic?
There’s a difference between “Achievable” and “Realistic” albeit subtle. Anyone can use technology to help their household be more efficient. But should anyone? If your household is attempting to communicate through more “face time” this might not be a realistic goal that helps you overall. When looking at goals make sure they are doable (achievable) and that the outcome meets the needs of your motivation.
What’s Your Time Frame?
Attaching time to a goal might seem like it would only serve to make you nervous but it actually helps empower you along the way. You can’t get efficient in a week using technology. You might, though, be able to get a grasp of whether a particular app works for you and learn its intricacies over 90 days. Using this type of thinking forces you to mindful of many aspects of the SMART goals process including asking if you have measurable goals.
“I want to use technology to find one app that will help me run a more efficient household and use only that app for 90 days.” Does it pass the test? We already know that this goal is specific and measurable. It’s achievable and completely realistic. It has a time frame, too, meaning it meets the criteria.
SMART Goals For All Of Your Goals
This is just one example of how to set measurable goals but let’s look at other areas of our lives.
Traditional Goal: I want a more organized kitchen.
SMART Goal: I’d like to organize my kitchen this weekend so that I have more room to keep it looking its best and so that I can find things I need instead of wasting time going through everything.
Does It Meet The Benchmarks of SMART goals? You’ve been specific that you’re targeting a kitchen in order to live more efficiently and not waste time. You’re going to get it done this weekend. This goal meets the criteria. How will you measure it? When you cook at the end of the weekend!
Traditional Goal: I want to use my smartphone more.
SMART GOAL: In the next thirty days I would like to use my phone to help me stay organized instead of scraps of paper that can get lost and look messy.
Does It Meet The Benchmarks of SMART goals? Add this to your list of measurable goals. It is one that sets a specific time limit to achieve something that is possible and for the reason of de cluttering your life. Maybe it’s your first step to going paperless?
This article was written by In Order To Succeed, seasoned team of professional organizers, industry experts and assistants have worked with a range of clients such as homeowners, executives and entrepreneurs to develop and implement systems based upon each unique organizational need.
Being a morning person isn’t necessarily something people go out of their way to become. Early risers might get a head start on the day, but night owls don’t often consider themselves at a disadvantage in day-to-day life. A new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Surrey in the UK could change that, as it shows a correlation between “morning people” and longevity.
The study, which is being published in Chronobiology International, is based on the lives of nearly half a million volunteers who were tracked over a period of six-and-a-half years. Over that lengthy sample period, night owls were approximately 10 percent more likely to die than their early-rising peers. That’s a significant difference, and it’s being attributed to late-night lifestyles that rob people of precious sleep.
The study is the first of its kind to look at the mortality implications of individuals based on their habits of either rising early or staying up late. The researchers point to night owls forcing themselves to wake for work or other obligations without adequate sleep as being a major cause for concern. They even go so far as to suggest employers accommodate these individuals when possible.
“This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored,” Malcolm von Schantz of the University of Surrey explains in a press release. “We should discuss allowing evening types to start and finish work later, where practical. And we need more research about how we can help evening types cope with the higher effort of keeping their body clock in synchrony with sun time.”
As for why night owls seem to naturally stay up later, it’s hard to pin down any one reason. The researchers note that many factors could contribute to late nights, including stress, lack of exercise, and diet. However, they are quick to point out that night owls who make an effort to go to sleep earlier could curb their heightened risk of mortality. Going forward, the team hopes to test the health of night owls before and after they make the shift to becoming early risers, in order to see what kind of changes are possible.
This article was written by Mike Wehner, a reporter for technology and video games who served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction. Find him on twitter here.
Discipline is a topic I refer back to again and again, both in my writing and in my talks, for a very simple reason. Without disciplining both your thoughts and actions, you are unlikely to achieve success, happiness or personal fulfillment.
Many people think that Mind Power is a magic wand, an easy way to manifest your goals; that you just “think” something a few times and soon it happens. I wish it were so, but it takes more than that. Mind Power is an effective and powerful tool in creating your reality, but it will only happen if you have the ability to do your exercises regularly and consistently, week in and week out, and follow up these exercises with action.
And this will only occur if you have discipline. Discipline to persist with your mental exercises beyond the initial euphoria and novelty of working with your mind in this new way, and discipline to set and achieve weekly goals. As this website advises, “Mind Power is a practice, not a philosophy.”
Discipline is not a dirty word, and it is not something you should avoid or approach with trepidation. If you dislike the sound of discipline, change your attitude about it immediately and let discipline be your friend, your mentor, your teacher and your coach.
The professional sports team that neglects discipline in either their preparation or on the sports field will always, in the end, be soundly beaten by the team that possesses discipline. An undisciplined team will not have the conditioning, the strategy or the execution necessary to win it all. They may have moments of brilliance, even dominance, but those moments will eventually give way to disorganization and ineptitude. So too in our life. A disciplined life will always be more successful and enjoyable than an undisciplined life.
Now a couple of questions: Are you disciplined? Do you play to win in your life? What is your strategy for achieving your goals? How well are you executing that strategy? It’s amazing to me how many people want to be happy, successful and personally fulfilled in their lives, and yet they have no discipline or strategy to achieve it. They think it is going to happen if they just want it badly enough.
Wanting something to happen in your life without having discipline or a strategy is like a sports team entering a game with no game plan, just hoping it will all work out. Don’t hope it will work out. Design a strategy and then execute it.
If you know what you want in life but fail to set and achieve weekly goals, you are missing one of the surest ways to success. I have worked and been successful in many different fields and have a lot to share on this subject, and I do so in my books and CDs. But if I were limited to sharing only one piece of advice on what is most important to success, it would be, “Master the discipline of setting and achieving weekly goals.”
Why weekly? Because a week is a long enough time to accomplish a number of tasks, and a short enough time to notice where you are executing well, and–most importantly–where you are not. A weekly review lets you catch your procrastination, inertia, bad habits and all the distractions and details that sabotage your best intentions.
Now another secret revealed: Your best intentions do not count. The only thing that counts is your ability to set goals and achieve those goals. Everything else is illusory. Yes, you might have moments or weeks or even months of brilliance, but you are unlikely to achieve your life goals of success, happiness and personal fulfillment. To achieve these goals you need discipline. You need action in both the inner world of your thoughts, and the outer world of your activities.
So first the discipline of setting goals: Ask yourself these questions. What do I want to achieve for myself in this life? Then ask what do I want to achieve for myself this year? What can I begin to do immediately, this week, to achieve these goals? Set yourself a weekly goal that will move you in the direction of the yearly goal. Make the goal measurable. Do not push yourself too hard or you will rebel against the regime.
Do not make it too easy or you will lack motivation to pursue it. Choose a middle ground between the two extremes and then begin the week with a set of Mind Power techniques you will practice, and a number of activities you will accomplish. After each week review what was done and what was not done.
When noticing what didn’t get done, be conscious of the reasons it didn’t get done. This is valuable information that you need for the next week. Plan your next week and work your plan. Review at the end of each week and then plan the next week’s activities. Following this weekly process you will soon discover your weak areas, where you avoid doing certain tasks or exercises. Knowing this is extremely valuable. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all have our own particular idiosyncrasies that trip us up. Until you monitor yourself weekly you might not be aware of them.
You must become aware of them so you can design strategies that surmount these problem areas. Discipline yourself to see and know yourself at an intimate level, and to have the courage to make the changes that will cause you to be more effective at setting and achieving weekly goals.
When you don’t achieve your weekly goal, design a new strategy for the following week and be determined to succeed the following week. There is no need for remorse or recrimination. As the great boxer Mohammed Ali said, “ A heavyweight fight is fifteen rounds and you don’t have to win every round to win the fight.” Each week is a new week and a new opportunity to be successful.
When you accomplish your weekly goal, acknowledge yourself. This builds a success vibration. Nothing succeeds like success, and you build a success vibration week by week by simply accomplishing your weekly goals.
Gradually, as you master this system, you will notice that you are accomplishing an amazing amount. The goal of setting and achieving weekly goals is not to learn how to push yourself harder and do more work–actually if you practice this system you should be able to work less–but rather to get into the habit of being able to plan and execute your intentions. “Execute the basics; master the basics,” says my good friend Jim Murphy, a sports coach and mentor to many professional athletes. “When you master and execute the basics, the rest comes naturally.”
So too in our life; the same principle applies. Master and execute the basics. One of the basics, in having a happy and successful life, is simply mastering the ability to set and achieve weekly goals. Having a successful life is simply having the ability to know what you want, and then having the methods to accomplish it. When you can master setting and achieving weekly goals, you can master anything your mind can conceive of. This simple practice will revolutionize your life.
This article was written by John Kehoe, an energetic teacher, a best-selling author, a socially conscious human, and a believer in your ability to transform your future with your thoughts.
Do you often feel like you’re being pulled in two opposite directions by your personal and professional goals? While striking a perfect balance between these two defining aspects of life is difficult, you can always strike a balance that works for you.
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