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Goal setting

What tools do you use to set goals and achieve them? What are the pros and cons?

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maguay's avatar
a month ago

We're currently listing our goals and the steps to get there in Notion, then using various tools to track them—including Amplitude to build dashboards that show the metrics we're working towards.

For personal goals, I tend to write them in my notes app so I'll "accidentally" see them from time to time to remind me.

Then, a previous team I was on use BambooHR for a number of things, including performance reviews and out-of-office requests, though I can't remember specifically setting goals in that app. Another tool I'd used further back was 15Five, though I think it's changed a lot since I initially used it.

Do you have any tools you're using?

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sanketsaurav's avatar

We use Koan for setting OKRs for the team. At the start of every quarter, we have an all-hands goal setting meeting where we discuss and decide the company's goals for the upcoming quarter and define individual accountabilities — which get translated to OKRs. Every member of the team then updates the progress on their individual OKRs once every two weeks. We tried a few tools in the past before ending up with Koan. The workflow suits us, the tool is customizable enough and not too expensive.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sanketsaurav )
27d

Just watched their demo video—the Presentation Mode is a very clever idea, and the Weekly Reflection looks nicely done (used to do something similar with "Friday Update" posts on an internal blog in my last team, so nice to see something built specific for that use case).

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sanketsaurav's avatar
@sanketsaurav (replying to @maguay )
27d

Yeah, the workflows in Koan nicely mapped to what we needed. Their Slack check-in integration is dope.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sanketsaurav )
27d

Ohh yeah that looks great. I used to used iDoneThis with email prompts to send in what I'd accomplished. Slack would make that even more convenient.

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theBuoyantMan's avatar

I use Microsoft To Do for almost everything. Goal setting, Read it Later, etc. I have a group called Goals within which I divide into subsections of sorts - and list down my goals under each subsection. Then i mimic those subsections as groups themselves and add projects to those groups that fulfill these goals. On a daily basis, I'll add tasks to those projects and execute them.

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anartam's avatar

I think you could try ClickUp for setting goals. It offers several features, including OKRs. You can use it also for creating tasks and cooperating with your team. ClickUp adds new features frequently ( I’m waiting for databases so that I can replace Airtable).
If you are interested in something for personal purposes, my app of choice is Todoist: it’s simple, beautiful, effective, and user-friendly. Omnifocus (if you use Mac or iOs devices) is another option, offering more features than Todoist, but it’s more expensive.
I don’t think there’s a tool for “achieving” your goals.
Some people use Notion for task-tracking, but I’m not too fond of it. Notion is a useful tool for building databases (but not as fast as Airtable’s tables are) and visualizing your content.
Regarding the “achieving” part of your question, I think there’s no app for that since it requires personal effort: you need to choose a productivity method and try your best to implement it. There’s a blog post on the Todoist website about some of those methods: https://todoist.com/productivity-methods

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udara's avatar
25d

I exclusively use the Reminder app on Apple devices for most of my checklists and goal tracking.

Pros:
- Free
- Synced and available across all my devices; phone, computer and watch.
- Easy to use with support for multiple lists, due dates and etc.

Cons:
- The UI could be better, I like the way Todoist does it better.

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