Keep your New Years' resolutions with Joe's Goals (and do other stuff)

Daniel Pataki
Jan 4, 2009
Updated • Dec 13, 2012

An app I've been using on and off for a while is Joe's Goals, which is a goal tracking application designed to motivate you and help you visualize and accomplish your goals. You can create a list of goals like "Drink at least 0.5L of water instead of Coke", "Write at least 2 posts a day", and you can they mark a goal done. You get a point value for each day based on the goals you have completed, all shown in a very simple, but sleek interface.

The beauty of this app is that it is simple on the surface, but once you think about it and see some advanced options (there aren't a lot) you realize that this is more than an app created in 3 minutes to satisfy the armada of New Years resolution people. There are actually two types of goals available, positive and negative. Fulfilling a negative goal will give you a negative score, while a positive will give you a positive score. You can also fulfill (or tick) a goal more than once a day. For the goal "Write posts" you can award yourself with as many ticks as the posts you write for example.

The picture is further shaded by the fact that you can add a weight to each goal, so publishing 2 posts a day (two ticks) would raise your points, but drinking even one can of Coke could decrease it by much more, it's all up to you. There are a few more features in there, but in simplicity lies the key here, just set up your goals, visit it once a day and keep ticking. After a while you can see how you're doing, getting a higher score for me is motivation to drop that Coke can!


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  1. Tom MacWright said on November 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    If anyone’s looking for a lightweight open-source alternative, check out habiter:

  2. Daniel Pataki said on January 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Jojo!

    Yes, you’re completely right, shock therapy is best! Actually from experience I see that weather you keep your goals or not is a factor of your mental strength, not the app you use, but this one is surprisingly good at any rate :)

    Hi NightFlyer!

    Yes, I think I should create a row with the text “Did something stupid”. This would mean getting -457 every day so I just leave it out every year ;)

    Hi What is Linux
    It will run anywhere, just go to
    in your browser

  3. What is Linux? said on January 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Nice, what operating systems does it run on?

  4. NightFlyer said on January 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

    do you give yourself a negative mark for not posting a link to the apps website ;-)

  5. Jojo said on January 4, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Apps like this never work for me. What’s needed is something that applies a progressively stronger electric shock when you miss a goal! This might also work well for employees who miss their project deadlines. :)

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