‘Tis the season…the season for planning for the upcoming New Year that is. For many, the act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to do some good ‘ole business goal-setting is as much of a ritual as sipping eggnog by the fire. Some business professionals view goal-setting as a necessary evil, while others look forward to it with great anticipation. Whichever category you fall into, there are a handful of creative apps to make the task easier.
GoalsOnTrack: This reasonably priced app is, “A Systematic Approach to Achieving More by Doing Less.” It not only allows syncing with Google Calendar and Outlook, it lets users record their goals and the goal purpose. Other perks include the ability to program a start date and end date, sub-goals and action plans. A GoalsOnTrack membership costs $68 per year (about $5/month) and they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. GoalsonTrack is also a Better Business Bureau accredited business.
LifeTick: Lifetick is web-based software that gets users on the path to success. If you are someone who is guided by your Core Values, LifeTick is the app for you. Launched in May 2008, Lifetick was the first product released by Meridian 86. Users start by defining their Core Values (the areas that define who you are and the strategies needed to accomplish your mission), and follows the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting method (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-related). Users create tasks and reminders that will give them direction, purpose and confidence in reaching the next level of their business or personal life. LifeTick offers an individual plan (free 14 day trial, then as low as $2.50 per month) and business plans (starting at $14/month). However, this unique tool is offered for desktop only.
If a little friendly encouragement is something that motivates you to reach goals or milestones, you may want to check into Habit Forge . This app lets users go solo or join a group if they know they will do better with support from others. HabitForge is only a 21-day challenge, but it’s based on the theory that it takes at least 3 weeks to create a new habit and asks users the question, “What could you do Daily to Improve Your Life?” HabitForge sends users an email every day to keep them devoted and on task. The free version is ad-sponsored, but users can opt for the paid version ($9.95/year) to go without ads and implement unlimited new habits.
What goals will you be setting for the new year?