Seeking tools for goal tracking
September 6, 2022 3:37 AM   Subscribe

What tools do you use to capture and track your goals, and periodically review them?

I've been using Complice on and off for years – it's a tool that lets you keep track of tasks you do towards specific goals, and then do regular reviews of said goals.

I like it, but am not in love with it; it lacks a lot of rich functionality that other apps have and has bugs that annoy me.

What do you use to keep track of your life goals, to bring them front-and-center to make sure you're making progress on them?

(To be clear, some of my goals have a specific endpoint, like "move to another country" but most are of the open-ended "improve mental health" type)
posted by osmond_nash to Grab Bag (3 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve used the Things app on my phone for ages as a to-do list, and i just got the iPad version as well. Seeing it on a bigger screen reminded me that it has features beyond the bare task list - you can group tasks into projects & group projects into areas, schedule in advance with reminders, it has calendar integration, etc. Pretty good UI too.

But at heart it’s still a task list, so for something nebulous like “improve mental health” you’d still need to break it down into actionable steps that you can track. But maybe that’s a useful discipline anyway.
posted by Puppy McSock at 5:18 AM on September 6 [1 favorite]

Since it's pretty much free (unless you dump a whole lot into it) I always recommend Trello, and as for making progress on your aspirations I recommend Tiny Habits by B. J. Fogg. For what it's worth.
posted by forthright at 3:47 PM on September 6

Paper version: Passion Planner. (I've been debating getting an electronic version of it, but planning on a tablet is not in my workflow and I don't see it happening.)

Electronic version: Evernote (I have a monthly/weekly/daily tasks template that I start from every day/week/month, and I add goal-related things into the template so they don't end up forgotten) with Todoist for reminders/recurring tasks/tasks that need to be done on a specific date.
posted by gakiko at 3:21 AM on September 7 [1 favorite]

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