11 Free Goal Setting Software & Tools You Can Use
Are you looking for a simple free goal setting software or tool that does the job and hopefully comes at a zero price tag?
Over the past week, I’ve been scouring the web for a list of such free goal setting software and here’s my result. A word of warning though. Don’t lose the forest for the trees. Action and persistence is the key when it comes to Goal Setting so though it may be tempting to try each and every tool, hold your horses and pick only those free goal setting software that looks relevant to your needs!
Most of these free goal setting software tools assume you’ve already decided on your goals and therefore doesn’t have much of a brainstorming function. Except for one. If you want some help with that, please subscribe to Goal Setting College and refer to the 2 free brainstorming questionnaires that comes with your free subscriber bonus.
With further ado, here are the ones who made it to the list :
Simple and effective, this nifty online tool is great for tracking goals that involve a habitual routine. Like, how many times you’ve worked out this week, how many articles you’ve written etc. For every task or vice you commit, you add and deduct a point respectively. Total up the score and you can show it off to your friends. With more than 10,000 users, you can’t go wrong with this.
Using graphs, this tool tabulates your bodyweight loss, income earned or whatever that’s defined by you against the period specified. Daily, weekly or monthly email reminders are sent for progress update and it’s excellent for tracking time critical SMART goals. You can also write short journals posts and invite others to leave a shout out. Even though there’s a ‘privacy’ mode, there’s no true privacy. Once you update your goals, it’ll be published in the dashboard on the main page.
The only tool with a brainstorming wizard. After answering a series of questions such as “Where would you like to go on vacation?”, “What job title would you like to achieve?” etc, you’ll have a list of recommended goals derived on your answers. Pick the ones you want, set a deadline and slowly indicate your progress in percentages. You can add milestones and invite friends and family for comments in this free goal setting software freeware. Monthly reminders are also available.
A very efficient to-do list, you create your own set of to-do goals, shuffle them as much as you like and check them off once you’ve completed them. Email and mobile text (only certain countries) reminders can be set on the fly. The premium version allows you to tie it up with a calender and load motivational graphics and files. In my opinion, the free version is more than enough to handle the job.
A simple system with a rather basic interface, 8goals allows you to add current, future and lifetime goals. To update your progress, you need to indicate the percentage of completion for each goal to generate a simple graph and pie chart. Refer to the instructional video on the site to find out more about other features.
Similar to Joe’s Goals, this tool’s suitable for tracking habitual life goals in congruence to your core values. For example, how many times have you trained up for your Mount Everest trek (as opposed to your values of Adventure under the Health/Energy/Image life category). You mark it in red if you’ve not met the goal, yellow if you’ve come close and green once you’ve achieve it. If you want to setup reminders, write journals, keep your past accomplishments, archive your old entries and remove the ads, you’ll need to upgrade to the premium version of this free goal setting software.
This is a set of wallet sized paper goal setting cards for you to carry to wherever you go and is the only non-software tool I’ve on the list. The main motive is to keep your goals in sight, similar to the effect Vision Boards create. Download the templates and try out all 9 different cards.
Great for health & fitness related goals, Sparkspeople is a large community of weight loss enthusiasts. You get to specify your ideal weight, your nutrition goals and fitness regime and track them as you go along. More importantly, you’ll get a lot of support from the helpful forum, informative recipes, tips, articles etc. Anything you want to know about Health & Fitness can be found here. There is also an ‘Other Goals’ section where you can work on non-fitness related goals as well.
Similar to Sparkpeople, Fitday is exclusively for the health & fitness community. You get to track the foods you eat, monitor your workout activities, set your weight goals and maintain your own journals etc. It also comes with a calendar to trace all your historical and planned activities. Cool. The online account is free. However, if you’re experiencing slow internet access generating all the colour charts and statistics, you may want to purchase its desktop version.
Doubling up as a financial goals setting site, Mint’s main job is to help you track your expenses. If you’ve an electronic copy of your credit card bill or bank statements (selected banks only), upload it and you’re set to analyze your finances. Once you’ve set your financial targets, the system will prompt a list of related tips based on its database checks and also provide feedback based on your expenditure to help you save. I particularly liked the fact that you can set financial goals and track them with beautiful progress charts! The only limitation? Currently Mint only support US & Canada based banks. So, for international users like me, I’ve to manually key in some of the data. A pain!
Write out your goals here and see what happens! You’ll get suggestions and recommendations from fellow members that may inspire or laugh you off your seat. You can also ask for advice from people who’ve completed similar goals. As they say, success leave clues. Who knows? It may not be that tough after all!
That’s all I have. If there’s any free goal setting software you know that’s not on this list, feel free to let me know in the comments!