How to Sync GoalsOnTrack with Google Calendar

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.

How to Sync GoalsOnTrack with Outlook Calendar

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.

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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.

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However, please note that the iCalendar feed uses an automatic login mechanism, so make sure you do not publish that webcal link where you don’t want other people to see your goals and tasks.

Upcoming new feature to sync with Outlook

Hi there,

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.

Thanks,
Harry

Developing Good Habits– My Battles and Learnings

Resolution season has just passed. I have a long list of things I want to do, bad habits I would want to quit and new habits I would love to develop. Over the years out of my naïveté I have read and believed a couple of dozen articles on how to change habits. I do not know about you. But for me developing good habits as an adult has been the most difficult thing I had to do. The journey has been long, tedious, filled with relapses:-). So, firstly I want to say that 99% of those articles do not work, they did not work for me. few examples are:

  • 10 new habits to develop– It is a battle to develop one habit and they are nudging us to go for 10?
  • 5 habits of most successful people that you should have– These just outright make me feel bad about myself.

Who writes these articles?

Clearly these run of the mill articles are not written by an adult who has actually struggled failed and persevered to make a new habit.

So, here I am sharing my two cents of lived reality or behind the scenes:-) of making new habits in the hope that you will find it useful or simply have a good laugh at the struggle of an adult trying to pick good habits.

Glorious Beginning

It began when we became frugal, quit our jobs and moved to Goa. We realized that one of our biggest expenses has been eating out.

**Flashback** before moving to Goa. This was our typical food situation-I would eat breakfast at home, carry home-cooked lunch, dinner take-out at work around 6-7 pm or at home. Weekends except for breakfast most meals would be outside of home trying some of the other new places. Add a few rounds of coffee at cafes and work lunch with colleagues. In short lots of eating out at fancy places just for fun.

However, once we moved to Goa we wanted to create good habits that also save us some money. We zero-ed in on the habit of eating home-cooked food to save money. I love food and just can’t do with just dal, roti, sabzi. I need variety and I am not easy to please. So we decided that I will cook fancy things at home- and so we did- Italian, Mexican, continental, Chinese, Thai and of-course north Indian and south Indian food.

The contrast was drastic- from not cooking at all I was cooking elaborate meals. For ex: for our first dinner guests I made Pizza, greek salad and chocolate cake all from scratch. even the mozzarella cheese & feta cheese were made at home by me (I know how awesome:-). We were nailing it at being frugal and fun!!!

For the next dinner guests, we had Chinese – Manchurian, fried rice and rum balls all again made from scratch and for the very first time!!

Not so good middle

So, I would say we started pretty well. The new habit could not have gone any better but soon we started to crib about cooking at home, looking for the first opportunity to order food. Anyway, it did not sustain and it got so bad that we moved out from a quaint village to a bustling city and one reason was access to restaurants. Once we moved all hell broke loose… we ate out like mad;-(

At this level we decided maybe it will be better if we hire a cook, thinking that it will cut our eating out expenses. So, we hired a cook. But soon as you can guess, we got bored with her cooking and again started eating out frequently.

We felt guilty and decided to do something about it. So I showed some videos to my cook on youtube and urged her to make simple dishes like- Hakka noodles, Thai green curry, Pao bhaji, etc… Well, the problem was she would forget the recipe next time I asked her to cook the same dish. Like a fool, I would not save any of the recipes and go online every-time to search and show her the recipes. This whole exercise again dissuaded me to ask her to make any special food. Again we resorted to cribbing about her cooking and ordering out.

Reasonable Ending

The old cook left and the new cook joined us. With new cook came new enthusiasm. But this time I was smarter- Firstly I created a folder in Evernote– sort of online organizer. Then I started saving all the recipes on it. Secondly, I asked the cook to keep her own notebook to make her notes for the next time she had to cook that dish.

We even created a folder to save our mother’s recipes but and a big but we did not consistently save recipes because Evernote was not synced to all our devices. and I was using different devices to show her recipes. So we were again going for days just showing cook new recipes but not saving it.

Thankfully we were determined this time so I got Evernote on all my devices and downloaded web clipper. The web clipper is a game-changer, this has made saving things online super-super easy. This saves me time and I am building the repository of all our favorite dishes. The best part is I can also add my personal notes to each recipe. I am doing all of this now after 4 years of trial and tribulations.

My Message on Developing Good Habits

Now what I am trying to convey to you about developing good habits from this long story is:

1. Set reasonable Goal

It is easy to get over-excited and go all out while changing a habit. Later feel overwhelmed, then crib and quit, and feel guilty about it. This is usually the first stage and we over-promise and over-do it out of excitement. My advice would be to take baby steps. eg. we should have hired the cook from day one and maybe cooked ourselves 1-2 times a week to learn new dishes.

2. New Habits are not made overnight

Be Patient. Having an intention is good. Reading an article about it helps you collect information. This is a good start. But habits are made slowly and steadily. You may have few failed attempts and that is okay. Change is the most difficult thing. To change as an adult is an outright battle. It takes perseverance and every last ounce of your will power. So, learn with every failed attempt and move on. In my instance, I learned that having tools helps- youtube video, online repository- Evernote all these helped me to keep up. So, figure out some tools to help you through the change.

3.Improvise- Habit formation is not a straight-forward journey

If you want to exercise, but can’t get up early to do it. Start working out in the evening. If you can not go to the gym start swimming or even walking. Keep exploring until you find the right fit that works for you. habit formation is not a straight-forward journey, it often first teaches you things about yourself and then bring about change.

4. At a Time Focus on one Major Habit

Lastly, it takes time to master a new habit and it is not a straight journey. You regress many times. So, please just identify 1-2 most important habits you want to inculcate in life and then dedicate a couple of years of your life to master it.

So, be it a new habit to save money or exercise or like us to eat at home. Pick your battle wisely as you only have limited focus and energy.

5. Keep a sense of humor about it

I personally get very serious about things very quickly and it seems to backfire as I get tensed and stressed. It doesn’t harm to laugh about your slip-ups sometimes rather than to be extremely critical of yourself all the time.

 

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This article was written by Naren a digital nomad, financial freedom enthusiast and aim to retire early by 45. Father to a toddle, live in Goa and run a small software business and blog about F.I.RE and our life on savinghabit.com

What’s New in GoalsOnTrack 2020

It’s already March. How time flies! Hope you’re doing well with your 2020 goals so far.

We haven’t posted much about what’s new with GoalsOnTrack apps lately. So in this post, I’d like to give you a brief rundown of what’s been added or improved since the last major update.

The iOS App

GoalsOnTrack iOS app has evolved to version 1.8 now. Since the last update (ver 1.3), we have added some new features and made a few improvements.

Goal ordering

Now goals and sub goals are displayed in the order synced from the web app. By default, the goals are ordered by deadline dates, then by goal names. However you can manually change this order from within the web app (not iOS app yet), just by clicking on the sort icon next to the goal title in the main goals view.

Goal progress bars

We’ve changed the goal progress bar a little, by adding a nicer bar style and re-aligned the percentage label. Now bar colors match goal status colors, so that you will see at a glance whether you are on track or behind on a goal.

Quick new goal entry

When you set a new goal, instead of entering all the goal details manually, now you can select from a list of sample goal templates, and then change only what needs to be changed for your goal. This will save you data entry time. Currently there are just a handful of samples, and we plan to add more in the future.

Pull-to-show full goal picture

To view your goal picture, it’s easier now and you just need to press and pull on goal details view to see the full or larger size of your goal picture.

New goal details popup

We’ve added a new screen for goal description details. Now you can see full goal description details in a separate view from current goal details view.

In addition to all of these changes, we have also made some small fixes, UI and performance improvements.

 

The Web Version

Besides the new iOS app, we have also released a few upgrades to the web version. We added a new time report so that you can check how much time you have spent working on each of your goals and sub goals. We also fixed the task order displayed on the Action Plan view on the goal details page. But most importantly, we have launched a new feature to allow you to sort goal order manually.
As you probably already know, the default order the goals and sub goals are display is by deadlines, then by goal names. Now you can manually assign your own order for your goals. To do that, simply go to the main goals page. To order all your parent goals within a goal category, simply click on the “Reorder goals” button on the right inside the category header. Then you will see a popup with a list of parent goals. You can drag and drop to sort it to your own order.

To order sub goals within a parent goal, simply hover your mouse over the parent goal name and click on the Reorder button next to the other goal buttons. You will then see a similar popup showing you a list of subgoals which you can reorder just by drag-n-drop.

There has been also some bug fixes and small changes just to make things more stable and efficient.

 

Future Plans

GoalsOnTrack is an ongoing project and we are constantly finding ways to improve and optimize. As always, we welcome your feedback and feature suggestions to help us make GoalsOnTrack better.

 

Harry

Founder & CEO at GoalsOnTrack

Four Simple Habits That Will Change Your Life

Changing your life doesn’t require changing who you are, adopting demanding regimens, or forking out hundreds of dollars. Believe it or not, it’s the small, daily habits that have the ability to transform your life into what you’ve always dreamed it could be! Taking on too much, too fast can halt our progress. Studies have shown that drastic overhauls and overly ambitious resolutions can result in overwhelm, and may even result in our abandoning our goals. A healthier option for body, mind and spirit, is to take small steps to see truly lasting change. So instead of loading on too much pressure and setting yourself up for failure, I recommend focusing on a few daily habits that form the foundation of wellness and success.

1. Speak Nicely To Yourself

Everyone deals with some level of negative self-talk, whether it be triggered by a specific incident, stress at work, feeling overwhelmed, or a lifetime of small hits that make you feel “less than.” We would never dream of speaking as harshly to others as we do to ourselves. The good news is that negative self-talk can only have a negative impact if you actually believe it. But, why do we do this? First of all, let yourself off the hook (radical self-acceptance is at the core of more positive self-talk.). According to therapist, Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, speaking harshly to yourself is something we humans are wired to do. Why would there be any evolutionary advantage to being a “mean girl” to ourselves? Back when “fight or flight” was more about outrunning a tiger than whether or not to apply for our dream job, doubt and negative self-talk prevented us from doing something dangerous. Telling ourselves “I can’t do it” helped us know when we shouldn’t do it. In modern times, negative self-talk can be our default to help us feel in control about something that scares us, or to avoid rejection. We don’t want to talk ourselves out of realizing our dreams and doing something truly great, so listen closely to the way you speak to yourself.

a) Take a deep breath.

b) Write down three things for which you are grateful TODAY, followed by three areas in your life where you feel you truly shine.

c) Write your daily to-do list and ask yourself, “Does this support the life I am trying to create?” If it doesn’t, cross it out. Then, circle three items to focus on today.

d) Be mindful when working on eliminating self-doubt. Trust your core. There’s a reason why they call it a gut feeling, and it’s why I believe that the core is the center of radiant health and happiness.

2. Do Nice Things For Yourself

With everything happening all the time, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. How can we focus on ourselves when there is so much going on around us, not to mention worrying about careers, families, money, stress, and everything else that comes with modern life? But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. If you’re talking to yourself more as an ally than a foe, you’ll begin to make more choices that are truly aligned with your purpose and best interests. You are your own best friend. So, what would you do for your own best friend? You’d treat them like the lovable, beautiful human they are. What do you wish someone would do for you? Shortcut: Do it for yourself. When we fail to pay attention to our own feelings or needs, we end up looking for feel-good substitutes like alcohol or junk food that deplete our minds and bodies.

Self-care is more than facials and bubble baths (although those are great.) At its core, self-care is about living your truth and being your authentic self. Pamper your body rather than punishing it. Whether it’s getting a massage, taking a walk, having coffee with a friend, or dancing to a motivational song, the list is yours to design. Self-care rituals are a great way to reignite our energy and motivation by giving us the space we need to breathe, be present, be honest (with ourselves), and reflect.

3. Create A Conscious Morning Ritual

One of the best ways to develop a healthy mindset is to establish and prioritize a morning ritual that will set the tone for your entire day. My favorite morning practice is starting my day with mindfulness of breath and body. This includes a gratitude list, a short, guided meditation (I personally love Insight Timer), and a mindful movement practice (usually a combination of yoga and Pilates-based movement, but you can move and stretch your body however feels best for you). Morning meditation offers you the tools to take on anything. Rather than becoming frustrated by the actions of someone else or any inconvenience that may occur, the calm in your mind puts you in a state of flow and allows you to respond to these experiences with ease and grace. You are also better able to filter out any internal noise from your mind, making it easier to deepen your focus and clarity on what matters most.

Mindful movement synchronizes your body with a combination of movement, breath, and stillness. It promotes healing, increases energy and awareness, and sets the tone for the day. In addition to its multiple other benefits, mindful morning movement warms up the spine, which relieves any tension accumulated during sleep. By mindfully tuning into my body and breath first thing in the morning, I ease into my day with more clarity and vitality. Start with anywhere between 10 – 15 minutes. Remember that you deserve to feel good, even if you’re busy. I’m always looking for creative ways to help people work this beneficial practice into their lives.

4. Get outside

Our bodies need sunlight just as much as they need food and water. We now know that in addition to providing us with vitamin D, sunlight raises the body’s levels of nitric oxide – a vital molecule that increases blood flow, optimizes the immune system, and acts as a signaling molecule for the brain. This is why depriving your body of sunlight can leave you unhealthy and unhappy, contributing to burnout and/or depression. In addition to craving sunlight, our minds and bodies crave nature. More and more studies are showing that simply being out in nature can profoundly affect our mood. Whether it is a full exercise session in the form of a run, swim, or hike, or simply taking a walk, going to watch the sunset, or even simply creating a container garden on your balcony, treat your body to a small dose of nature every day.

What I’ve learned through my journey is that so much of this is about self-love. It’s about taking care of ourselves because we deserve it. I encourage you to implement these four simple habits to bring about greater joy and well-being in your life. You have the power, outside the bounds of circumstance, to create the life you love. Remember, we are all special and amazing! So from now on, let’s be kind to our amazing selves. Your core is speaking to you. Be sure to listen, like you would to your own best friend.

 

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This article was written by Jessica Schatz, The Core Expert™, is a Master Pilates instructor, Yoga teacher, meditation teacher, and wellness coach. Her work is distinguished in the health and wellness communities for an innovative integrative methodology and teaching of the Body Mind Spirit connection.

How I Learned 5 Habits in 30 Days

If you have been reading about personal productivity on the Internet, I’m sure you’ve read plenty of articles on how to build a new habit. One of the common pieces of advice is to work on one habit at a time until it sticks and then move on to the next one. If you try to focus on too many at a time, you will have a high chance of failure.

I’m here to say that is not true.

I found a hack that allows you to learn multiple habits at a time. It allowed me to learn 5 habits in 30 days and I’m going to show you how you can do the same thing.

The flaw in the approach of one habit per period (usually it’s a month) is that the presupposition is that all habits are created equal. This is not the case — because not all habits take the same amount of effort to make them stick. There are a lot of habits that I would say require the commitment of learning one at a time, but what I found is that a lot of habits can be learned at the same time.

The 5 Habits

I discovered by accident that you can build multiple habits at a time. As I was trying to figure out how to build more habits, I thought one habit per month was too slow for me. So I started to question the common advice out there and look at it from different angles. That’s when I found that the presupposition was flawed and I used this as a starting point to hack the habit learning process.

Here are the 5 habits I made to stick at the same time in 30 days (they are in no particular order):

  • Flossing every morning.
  • Reading a book before going to bed.
  • Drinking green tea once a day.
  • Taking my supplements in the morning.
  • Stretching my body as soon as I get out of bed.

Here is the flaw in the “one-habit-at-a-time approach” and the question that triggered my discovery.

If I want to floss every morning, why can’t I focus on the habit of drinking green tea once a day that might kick in later in the day? I asked myself this question and pondered it for a while. By mere logic, it doesn’t make any sense to focus on one habit at a time if the two habits aren’t related and are not dependent on each other. I can floss my teeth at 8am and drink green tea every day at 2pm. Why would I then focus on just one habit at a time?

Like I said earlier, not all habits are created equal. Some take more effort to build because of their nature. The list of habits I wanted to work on don’t require continuous focus. Example of such habits that require continuous focus include positive thinking, eating healthy, becoming a better listener and practicing gratitude. For such habits you always have to be on the lookout because you don’t know when you can expect them to be practiced — and most of them have an external component you cannot directly control.

Let’s take the example of positive thinking. You can start your day with positive affirmations, but what do you do when a negative thought comes up later in the day? It’s not something you can predict to happen (nor expect it to happen) at a certain time of the day. When a negative thought does come up, you have to reframe it right away and this can happen numerous times a day. As you can see, such habits require a lot of focus and practice. For those habits — yes, go with the one-habit-at-a-time approach.

However, there are a lot of habits that do no require this much focus and practice.

These are habits that you can only work on when you are int the right location — and at the right time. By their nature you have a lot of control over them when you want to exercise them and I call them “controller habits”. These are the ones you can make habitual very fast with two simple technique that will I reveal. By applying these simple techniques I was able to learn five habits in a month without any problems.

Pinging and sticky notes

The “life hacker” way of learning these controller habits involves pings and sticky notes. Like I said before, for certain habits you just need to work on them when you are in the right place and at the right time. A ping is sending yourself a reminder about the habit you want to work on. This is a process you want to automate so you don’t rely on your memory. Examples of how you can ping yourself is by setting reminders, automated emails to yourself, and text messages. These little pings will happen at a specific time and will remind you that you have to enforce the habit you want to learn.

As an example of a ping, I set calendar reminders for every day at 2pm to drink green tea. If you have your phone synced up with your desktop through the cloud (like with iCloud, MobileMe and the like), calendar reminders are awesome. You can setup the reminders on your desktop (make sure there are popup notifications set) and each time a reminder is due you will get notified on your desktop and mobile phone. That way you will not lose sight of the habit you want to work on. Whenever you read the ping is when you have to take action to cultivate your desired habit. Remember to do it right after you read the ping.

The second technique requires a simple prop: sticky notes. For each habit you want to cultivate, write down on a sticky note the action you need to take. For example, “floss your teeth” or “take your supplements” would suffice.

Now this is the essential part of making the sticky notes work. Place them visibly at the location where you need to exercise the habit. This is really crucial. This acts like a reminder for you to build your habit. When I wanted to build the habit of flossing every morning, I wrote down “Floss my teeth” and I posted the note on the bathroom door. This meant that each morning when I went into the bathroom, I would see this note that reminded me to floss my teeth. Likewise for my daily supplements, I posted the note in the kitchen on the cabinet where I stored my supplements. Every morning when I was in the kitchen it would help me remind me that I need to take my daily supplements.

There is another benefit to these pings and sticky notes. Not only do they remind you of working on your habits but they will also help in getting those habits “burned” into your subconscious. The more you see it, the stronger it will be in your subconscious. Each time I go to my bathroom, I read the note about flossing my teeth — but I don’t have to exercise it each time. However, because I’m reminded of it all the time it becomes almost second nature to me — I now know that I have to floss my teeth in the morning. Repetition is not only the mother of learning, but also the father of getting something stuck in your subconscious.

One Last Thing

If you combine both the pings and sticky notes you can learn a lot of habits at the same time. To round it up, here’s how I used the pings and sticky notes to build those five habits:

  • Flossing – sticky note on my bathroom door.
  • Reading – ping at 10pm and sticky note in my bedroom.
  • Green tea – ping at 2pm and sticky note in my kitchen.
  • Supplements – ping at 8am and sticky note in my kitchen.
  • Stretching – sticky note in my bedroom I would see first thing as soon as I wake and stand up.

If you can chain multiple habits, you will create very effective rituals — or “super habits” as I often call them.

What 5 habits can you learn in 30 days? Let me know in the comments — and hopefully with this advice you’ll be able to make all 5 of them stick!

If you want to break your habits successfully, you need a solid system.

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This article was written by Thanh Pham, an obsessed productivity geek, systems thinker, blogger, avid reader and a world traveler.

 

Change Your Habits to Change Your Year

The healthy habits we hear so much about this time of year can definitely change our bodies, but let’s try a new approach for the long haul. Forming a new habit takes commitment and maybe more than a little willingness to get out of our comfort zones.

1. Move: We all know this, right? But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the notion that fitness is an all-or-nothing proposition. If we can’t exercise for an hour a day, we might as well take to the couch. Not so. Make a small change and build on that throughout the new year. Make an appointment with yourself so you are sure to get it done.

“Find an exercise routine that works for you and one that you enjoy,” Brande Yarborough, Senior Wellness and Membership Director at the George I. Theisen Family YMCA in Travelers Rest, says. “Take a group exercise class, find a friend or family member to work out with or hire a personal trainer. Hold yourself accountable and schedule exercise into your day like you would an appointment or meeting.”

2. Eat: Do yourself and your body a favor by skipping the cleanses and such this January. Make a change for the long haul that will kick fad diets to the curb. It’s health that matters – weight loss is just one part of that. A new book, “How Not to Diet,” by Michael Greger, a physician and author of “How Not to Die,” might be just the thing to help. The key here is that Greger’s work is evidence-based – and he isn’t trying to sell you a magic pill. All proceeds from his books are donated to charity.

Greger focuses on foods that enable weight loss while considering how these foods actually affect health and longevity. The book lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss diet, including factors such as calorie density, the insulin index and the impact of foods on the gut microbiome. And you might increase your overall health in addition to changing the number on the scale.

3. Drink: We don’t need bottle water here – Greenville is known for its great tasting water straight from the tap. A reusable water bottle is an inexpensive way to invest in your health and you get to contribute positively to the environment in the process. A stainless steel water bottle – or glass, if you’re careful – can help you avoid plastic and make a statement. Whether its adorned with beautiful florals or snarky comments, the bottle can be one more accessory that reflects who you are.

Try tracking your water intake for a few days. Doing so can help establish the habit of increasing your intake. Think of it as moisturizing your skin (and every other part of your body) from the inside out.

4. Take a minute: Whether your focus is mediation, prayer, deep breathing or just allowing yourself to daydream, it doesn’t take long for a moment of rejuvenation. Download an app with a breath bubble that encourages you to breathe in and out in synch with a graphic. It sounds simple – and it is – but it can instantly change your outlook. Make it habit to give yourself a minute just for you. Relax your shoulders, take a breath. Doesn’t that feel better?

5. Sleep: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults typically need 7 hours or more of sleep per night. More than a third of Greenville County residents aren’t getting that, according to County Health Rankings. Life happens, along with wakeful children, barking dogs and work deadlines that won’t wait. But as much as it is in your power, it is a free and wonderful gift to yourself to skip that afternoon cup of coffee, shut down Netflix a little early and just get to sleep.

6. Give thanks: Can gratitude become a habit? Isn’t it worth it to try? When it feels like the world is on fire, it can take effort to notice blessings. One easy way to reinforce the gratitude habit is to put it in writing. If a daily gratitude journal, whether paper or app, suits you, give it a try. Make a note before bed or while you drink your morning coffee. If that seems too much, commit to writing a thank you note once a week or even once a month. Snail mail that isn’t a bill or a request for a campaign contribution feels like a treat these days, so you will not only center your focus, but you will likely make the recipient’s day in the process.

7. Unplug: It was all too easy to establish the habit of constant connection. Social media, email and texts mean we can carry the whole world with us everywhere we go. While it might be a bit more difficult to break that habit and learn how to unplug once again, it is worth the effort. Can you set limits on your own screen time? How about starting with putting your phone away after a set time each day (and not at the moment you go to sleep)? Uninterrupted focus on your partner, friends or family is worth missing out on your notifications. Write down your goal and find a friend to help you stay accountable if needed.

8. Make a plan: A bullet journal (https://bulletjournal.com) is a habit tracker, calendar and overall life hack in one notebook. It is a return to paper that just might change your life. The method has become a movement among devotees that add color, art, custom pages and more to schedule and plan life by the year, month, week and day.

Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, has embraced it and she offers classes and a monthly BuJo Buddies drop-in session the last Saturday of each month. Enthusiasts work on next month’s journal spreads, share ideas and meet new friends (another very good habit to add for 2020).

“Bullet journaling has encouraged me to define my priorities and simplify my life, all while staying organized, productive and creative,” Hendrix says. “I simply love it and cannot recommend it enough.”

9. Help: A spirit of service can be cultivated by making it a habit. If adding margin to your schedule so you can help on a regular basis is new, start with something defined. Meals on Wheels (https://mealsonwheelsgreenville.org) is a simple and rewarding way to serve. It takes about an hour, and committing to drive at least once a month means you can sign up for a regular route. Once you’ve built that habit into your schedule, you might find that you want to serve the community in other ways. There are countless ways to get involved in service to others in Greenville. Doing so on a regular basis might just get you more than you give.

10: Encourage: This may be the simplest habit of all: commit to being deliberate about encouraging others. Lift others up, celebrate their triumphs, lend an ear. Encouragement is free and it’s a renewable resource that can make all the difference for someone who needs it. Here – I’ll start: Those changes you want to make and those new habits you want in your life? You’ve got this. I believe in you.

 

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 This article was written by Chris Worthy.

What’s New in GoalsOnTrack 2019

It’s been a while since we last posted any updates on the latest development with GoalsOnTrack.  We keep receiving requests and inquiries regarding what’s being worked on or any new features planned for the future.  In this post I am going to share with you some of the latest development with GoalsOnTrack and a few things we have planned for the near future.

What’s new lately?

One thing significant about GoalsOnTrack development is the recent launch of the new iOS app (ver 1.3) in the App Store. We have successfully released four versions over the last few months.  The new app can sync fully with the current web version. And it includes most of the major features that are available in the web version.

However, the iOS app is not designed to duplicate the full feature set of the web version, but rather it’s been intended as an extension of it.  This means that as a user you are not expected to use only one version alone, but rather use both versions in combination to accomplish your goals.

We have also made some improvements to the web version and back end systems so that now things are running more stable and efficiently.

New iOS App: Time tracking, recurring features, etc

In the latest release of the iOS app we have implemented the recurring task feature so now you can use the tasks functions independently inside the iOS app without having to set them up first in the web version.

In the release version 1.2, a significant feature that we added to the iOS app is the ability to track time you spend on tasks. This is a very convenient feature if you need to track how long you work on your goals. With the mobile version it should be much easier to track time than using the web version. If you’re not using time tracking in the iOS app, I would strongly recommend you start now.

Web App: New Goal Reports and fixes

Besides the new iOS app, we have also made some upgrades to the web version. Most of the feature improvements are around the goals page.  In terms of new features, we have added a new goal reports page where you can view and print a full page for a selected goal, including all goal details, status information,  action plans and detailed execution records.  There has been also some bug fixes and small changes just to make things more stable and efficient.

What we are working on and future plans…

GoalsOnTrack is an ongoing project and we are always finding ways to improve and optimize. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we will keep piling feature after feature on the software. We try to only add what’s really necessary and most requested by many users who share a common need.  Among some of the things we are working on are iOS reminder feature, more user settings, more reports in web version, backup and download feature and a few optimization ideas.

We are also trying to improve the on-boarding process and offer more video materials to help new users. We hope this will help you get started faster and find answers more quickly than current support system. As always, you are welcome to send us any feedback and feature suggestions. which will help us make GoalsOnTrack better and more useful to you.

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