Introducing Mike’s Goals: Simple Goal Tracking

Earlier this year, I started using http://www.joesgoals.com/ to keep track of my goals. The idea was that if I 1) defined the habits I wanted to have, and 2) looked at it daily, then I’d be encouraged and more likely to do them.

Based on a year of use, it definitely worked! I kept it as a pinned tab in Chrome and looked at it daily. If a checkmark was missing, it was a reminder to act. If a lot of checkmarks were missing, it was a reminder to change my schedule or behavior.

However, as I used Joe’s Goals more, I found it had a few problems: visual clutter, frequent downtime, functional complexity, and lack of perspective for infrequent (weekly / monthly) goals.

To address this, I created a very similar application, simplifying the UI, removing features I didn’t use (negative goals), and adding the ability to have weekly, monthly, and yearly goals in addition to daily goals. This last point was a big one for me; I wanted to be able to say that I want to do yoga weekly, and be able to see each box as a week so I can see trailing weeks to review performance.

Here’s an example screenshot with some different goal types:

Mike's Goals

Mike’s Goals

It’s been living happily and stably for some time now at http://goals.rowk.com/, and you are more than welcome to sign up and give it a whirl as well. Don’t worry, it has great uptime and I keep daily backups!

I’d love any feedback, or better yet forks! Or, if you are happily using something else, please do share.

5 thoughts on “Introducing Mike’s Goals: Simple Goal Tracking

    1. mrooney

      Hi chipz! Some goals can be accomplished multiple times in a span of time. For example, if you have a daily goal of exercising or meditating, you might want to do each twice, so you can check it to track how times you’ve done it that day. Personally, my goal is to get 30 minutes of exercise twice a day, but some days I only have one check. Or you might have a weekly goal to do yoga twice, or a monthly goal to read two books, etc. Make sense?

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