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Even if we set goals, it’s not enough. We need a plan to get there.
A 10-year Harvard study showed that the 13% that wrote goals but didn’t set out a plan were earning twice as much the students that didn’t set goals. 1
But, the 3% of the class that wrote goals & made plans were making ten times as much as those with goals and without goals. 2
Here are 2 simple goal setting apps not only to help you set your goals – but get you planning too!
Wunderlist is an amazing app. And it has super impressive free features.
First the techy details –
- It’s available for Mac & PC
- It’s not just an app either – it has a desktop version for Mac (I use the desktop version) or you can use it through your browser
- Desktop/web browser syncs with the app
Now the fun stuff!
You can seperate your tasks by folders
This is great if you have more than one side project or business. Or if you just want to seperate it by personal things – i.e. Groceries, Bill Payments.
You can add subtasks to your goals/to do
So once you’ve created a folder, you write the to do’s. But my favourite feature is the ability to add subtasks.
Especially if you’re go getter and you’re setting yourself a hefty goal.
You can break it into sub tasks and check them off as you go.
Or if you’re super organised and like to break things down. You’ll find this handy.
You can set a due date and get reminders
This is a great feature for time blocking. If you want to set time to do a goal, you can put in the due date and get a reminder.
With life almost always getting the best of us it’s so easy to forget.
Also great for grocery reminders!!
Few other fancy things
There’s a few other features that they promote on the website. I can’t say I’ve found much of a use for them. But if you’re using Wunderlist for a team or a family, they’re great
- Add tasks by emailing them to Wunderlist (hence in the inbox feature)
- Share lists
- Comment on lists
- Add to do’s from things you find on the Internet
Keep in mind these are all the free features. So as far as the most comprehensive goal setting app (for me) this would have to be it!
Relevant posts for productivity and goal setting:
- 2 Goal Setting Worksheets To Help Break Down Your Goals
- The Magic Of Focusing On One Thing At A Time
- 1 Simple Time Management Trick To Stay Focused
- The Power Of A 90 Day Year
So who knows about Google Goals!?
Firstly while it’s not exactly part of the goal setting apps area on it’s own (it’s part of their Google Calendar), it doesn’t make it any less amazing.
Especially if you’re addicted to Google Calendar. Google have a post on it with a great tutorial. We’ve added it below.
They even give you a list of goals to choose from & you can choose the best time and how often you want to do them.
The goals are
- Build a skill
- Family & friends
- Me time
- Organise my life
It’s a great feature – especially for health goals. You can add your fitness/health goals and choose a rough time – Google adds it in to suit your calendar!
If you have habits like meditation, you can schedule them in! That’s what I used it for initially.
You can defer and change the time if you don’t like Googles suggestion.