Joe's Goals

June 13, 2006 in 3 out of 5 stars, Hosted software, Productivity

What is it?

Joe's Goals: A simple application that lets you track your daily life and work goals with just a click of the mouse. It tracks goals with a checkbox and vices with an X. A row at the bottom tallies your daily score so you can visually see if you are having a good day or a bad day.


Who makes it?

Ian Smith

Why is it the killerest?

It is stupidly simple. A little popup form lets you add your first goal as soon as you signup. Goals get added down the left hand side while days of the week are shown along the top. Click a corresponding box to "check" a goal complete. You can even add multiple checks for those days when you are extra productive. There is no refresh when you click so check those goals all day long. The bottom row shows your positive goals minus your negative goals for the day and gives you a score. A share function lets you share your goals with friends. This works great if you have an accountability partner or just want some friendly encouragement.

What could be improved?

It doesn't work with long term objectives. There isn't any way to add notes or comments to goals. It might also be nice to be able to track time spent on each goal.

How much does it cost?

Free for the taking


Reviewed by Jennifer Murrow

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A few other improvements:

Let you set up different lists of goals. Right now a negative action subtracts from your positive actions. That's great... if eating two gallons of icecream subtracts from exercising for 30 minutes. But cheating on your diet shouldn't count against goals of a different category... like reading a book, or spending a certain amount of time working on a project.

Another benefit of having more than one list of goals: Parent's could set up a chart for each of their kids without having to log in and out over and over.

Speaking of kids. Even more awesome would be if small images could be associated with each goal. My five year old can't read "brush your teeth" "clean your room" "Don't kill your little sister"... icons would help motivate the little guy.

Posted by: Amy | Jun 13, 2006 6:17:58 PM

Thanks for the additional feedback Amy!

Posted by: Carson McComas | Jun 14, 2006 8:47:46 AM