A while ago I did a 2017 reflection to see how I stacked up to the goals I set for myself. I’m not big on New Years Resolutions because they often fail and the New Year is an arbitrary date. I haven’t been happy with my progress (or lack thereof) for my goals this year and I decided that it was time for an upgrade.

I started keeping a bullet journal a few months ago and I found that I was able to set goals for each day and largely accomplish them. The biggest problem with a bullet journal is that I often forget to do it, sometimes for weeks at a time. While the concept was working, the application of the goal was lacking.

After listening to a recent episode of the Cortex Podcast, I decided to get a bit more serious. With summer break two short weeks away, I think that this is a good time to refocus my efforts and do something about the areas I’m falling behind in.

I began by researching goal tracking apps and I stumbled across Productive – Habit Tracker. I’ve been using it for a few days and decided to upgrade to the paid version ($19.99 a year). While I’m not going to do a full review right now, what I like about the app is that it allows you to set goals/habits, select their frequency, and then give reminders on your phone to get things done. It’s not in your face (or it can be if you set it up that way) but it’s enough to remind me to do things. It’s also nice in the fact that it gives you historical data so that you can see your overall progress for a particular goal or your general progress.

I don’t know how long I will stick with this, as I can be a bit flaky when it comes to stuff like this, but having something with me all the time that reminds me to do things that I want to do is a step in the right directions.

I’ll follow up in a few weeks to update you on my progress to see how good or bad of a job I am doing at accomplishing my goals