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The Best Goal Tracking Tools Online

Updated on October 30, 2012

One of the easiest ways that you can feel more calm, in control and happy with your life is to regularly set goals for yourself. These goals may be related to specific projects, be about work in general or have something to do with a personal aspect of your life such as fitness or education. Although most of us do know how to sit down and identify our goals, a number of us have difficulty with making goals measurable and then tracking those goals to see that we're making progress. Those people who are successful not only at setting goals but also at monitoring their goals are the people who are most likely to achieve the things that they set out to do in their lives.

One of the ways that you can start to get a better grasp on tracking your goals is to make use of the online goal tracking tools that are available on the market today. Many of these tools can be downloaded or used online for free so there's no harm in at least trying them out. Each one offers different features to make it appealing to some users and not to others so the key is to make sure you find one that lays things out and tracks them in a way that makes sense to you.

Here is a closer look at some of the best online goal tracking tools that are currently available:

  • Joe's Goals. This is a really simple online goal tracking tool that allows you to start tracking your goals immediately without requiring you to download anything. The main feature of this product that differs from others is that it's designed much like a social networking site (like MySpace or Facebook) so that you can share your goals with your friends if you want. This may help you track goals in groups or just encourage you to be more active in meeting your goals since you know that other people might be watching.
  • This site has different channels ranging from personal finance to education to finance to relationships. You choose a channel and get online support in setting and achieving your goals.
  • MyStart Online Tool. For people whose goals are in the area of health and fitness, this is a good online tool. For it to be effective, you have to log in each day and report on the foods that you ate and the exercise that you participated in. You can set goals in these areas but more importantly, you can see the results through weekly summaries of the information that you've entered into the site. You'll also get reminders to get going again if you've started being inactive.
  • MySpendingPlan. People who are seeking to do online tracking in the area of financial goals have a lot of options available to them but this is one of the better ones. You create and track a budget and savings plan and can integrate your billing information into the plan to make all of your financial activity centered in this one location.
  • Remember the Milk. This is more of a general task management tool but it can also be used to set and track your goals. People that want to input a lot of goals, as though they were making a To Do List and then want to see those goals being achieved can greatly benefit from using this sort of online tool to get themselves organized.
  • My Life Organized. This is a program that's very similar to Remember the Milk but which has a lot more complexity to its design. If you find that you really like setting and tracking goals and want to get more involved with doing it in a detailed way, you might consider using this kind of tool.
  • LiquidPlanner. This is more of a remote collaboration tool than it is a goal tracking tool but it can be used to track goals. The great thing about it is that it specifically designed to track the goals of group projects so you can add other people in to your plan at any time and start tracking the goals that you're setting together. If, for example, you go running with your best friend then you might have a project on this system which lets you both track your fitness progress together. You might open another project that allows your spouse to set and track financial goals with you. You may be planning a family reunion and want to invite everyone to that project to track the various tasks that need to be done on it. And you may have some private goals that only you can access.

There are many different ways to track your goals and many different tools out there to assist you in doing it. It may take some time to find the method that works best for you. However, that time is probably worth the effort it requires. You'll be more organized and more likely to achieve what you want to achieve in your life. That leads to a calmer, happier you. What effort isn't worth that?!


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