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Free tools to manage resolutions and goals

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Lifehacker has a very good post today, listing (and describing and linking to) a bevy of tools that will help y0u define and achieve goals. And they’re free.

Their post begins with some good advice:

Choose Your Resolutions

Before we dive into goal trackers and resolution reminder systems, first make sure you’ve nailed down exactly what you want to achieve. Management expert Peter Drucker recommended that teams use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as a guideline for setting objectives, and it works for personal goals, too. Your SMART New Year’s resolutions should be:

  • Specific. Don’t just say “Lose weight.” Decide to “Lose 12 pounds.”
  • Measurable. Instead of “Be better about corresponding with old friends,” decide to “Send out birthday and holiday cards to my high school friends.”
  • Achievable. “Be the perfect employee/mom/sister/spouse” is an admirable goal, but nobody’s perfect, no matter how resolved they are. Make your resolution something that’s possible—like, “Improve next year’s performance review by at least one grade.”
  • Realistic. You’ve only got so many hours in the day, so make your goals realistic based on what resources and tools you’ve got on hand. Learning how to milk a cow, for example, is less realistic for someone who lives in the middle of Manhattan.
  • Timely. Since these are New Year’s resolutions, set goals you can reach at most within the next 12 months. Giving yourself a “deadline” of sorts will help you figure out where you should be when while tracking your progress.

To read more about Drucker’s S.M.A.R.T. objective system, seem this helpful TechRepublic article, Use S.M.A.R.T. goals to launch management by objectives plan.

Tools to Track Your Progress

Last year we covered six free webapps that can help you keep your resolutions, including FitDay, Joe’s Goals, 43 Things, Wesabe, NaNoWriMo, Backpack, and Coolrunning.We won’t re-hash those six again today, but if you look at any of them, do check out Joe’s Goals. JG is the most flexible, feature-rich, and generic goal tracking site that can log your progress on multiple resolutions in a fun interface.

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Written by Leisureguy

1 January 2008 at 10:29 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

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  1. Make a new year’s resolution to write your life story at The Remembering Site, a non-profit organization started in 2004 to make it easy to write, share and publish cherished memories and photos. http://www.TheRememberingSite.org

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    The Remembering Site

    1 January 2008 at 10:59 am

  2. I have detailed notes from most all of Peter Drucker’s work and I don’t remember anything about SMART. In his Management: Task, Responsibilities, Practices he talked about objectives in two chapters–one on enterprise objectives derived from a mission (not mission statement) and management by objectives and self control. Peter Drucker wrote quite a bit about right goals and objectives rather the micro thinking expressed above. I suggest spending some time with one of his books. The Essential Drucker is a good starting point (http://tinyurl.com/yrrcus)

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    Bob Embry

    2 January 2008 at 6:18 am


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