I've never been one to focus really well on anything. In high school, I was happy being a C student, because I would learn enough just sitting in class listening to what the teach I had to say that I could get by on homework and tests. I never got a D. I also rarely got an A.
Life changed when I got into college! I had no focus skills.I genuinely had no idea how to manage my time and my goals during college! It was something I never took the time to learn in high school.
As a result, I not only got my first D in a college class, but it was in an introductory course that I needed for my major, and I could not continue to the multitude of other classes I had without a C or better in said class. You would think that I learned my lesson and found a way to better manage my time, but I had no idea how to set goals for myself and make steps to achieve them. I had set the path in high school to be mediocre, and now I was living it.
I wish I could say I eventually learned in college how to better manage my time, focus on work, and get my degree in the respective time it would take. On the contrary, it took me 7 years to earn my degree in Biology because I had to retake three different classes, and drop a few when the work became too much!
Though I had tried to learn new ways to manage my time, it did not come to me in college and I lost a lot of time there. I didn't know how to set goals in a way that would help me succeed.
What's more, I was now out of college, and for the first time in my life, I didn't have school. I didn't know where I would be in the next four months, and I had no assurance of making plans for the five months that followed! That was the extent of setting goals that I knew in my life, and without planning for the next semester, I was completely lost.
It may sound ridiculous, but I fell into a depression. I didn't know where I was going or how I was going to get there. For a year, applied for jobs, unsuccessfully, and struggled to earn money here and there doing small jobs for friends and family.
Finally, I decided something needed to be done, and on my own set a two year plan in motion, with little steps in between that would help me to achieve my goal.
With that, things started to fall into place. I was okay with my living situation because I needed to work with it while I got my life together. It was okay that I didn't have the job my degree could get me because I was using time to get volunteer experience to put on my resume. And I decided to start my own online business so I could have an extra source of income ready when I would be finally able to do get the job of my dreams!
It was then that I started learning more and more about S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goal setting. I've read many books from The Happiness Project, which talks about keeping track of goals daily in order to keep resolutions, The Secret, which talks about creating a vision board to keep you visualizing your goals, and Cloning Yourself For Fun and Profit, which broke down goals to small, attainable steps which led to the big dreams we all dream about.
Since I'm generally a scatter brained person, I tried to find programs that will keep all my items in one place. I've tried many goal trackers and to-do lists to try and get me on track, but they were either too simple or too complicated to the point that I wouldn't use them.
Finally, I found GoalsonTrack.com, which has a simple interface with a lot of features. It looks very straightforward - not too much going on that can de-rail someone like me who gets distracted easily. It allows me to set up daily habit check lists, use a simple calendar interface if I need to move things around, create action plans which can easily be broken down into the baby steps needed to achieve them, and even has a vision board feature!
I fell in love the moment I saw it. Plus they allow the purchaser a trial, in which they would give you a 60-day money back guarantee. A month is usually the time I need to know how I like a product, so I was very pleased! You can find out more about it by clicking here.
What I love about this product is that it's not a lot of glitz and glamour, telling me what to do, and sending me tons of information (unless I ask for e-mail reminders for important dates.) However, it's not as simple as a to-do list! It did offer keep your lists ready to print if you needed to print your to-do list and take it with you. For someone who doesn't own a Smart Phone or a PDA, I really enjoyed this feature.
Now, my goals are easier to keep track of now that I have this software. GoalsOnTrack.com is just the right balance for me for what I need.
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