42goals is an application that helps users track and monitor their daily progress towards achieving long-term goals. It is simple and easy to use. 42goals makes it easy for users to initiate their resolutions, record their progress daily and see all of their accomplishments. They can also share their progress with friends for added accountability and support. Users could use 42goals.com to do many things from losing weight, to staying on a budget, to quitting smoking. 42goals also has a community feature where users can browse others' goals and also read insightful article that may inspire them as well. Some interesting topics included "How to live off of $7,000 per year" and "Be productive- Waking up at 5 AM to code!" Additionally, 42goals is offered in English, Russian and French, and its communities seem to reflect a global presence as well.Show more screenshots »
42goals is a young start up company backed by a staff of three (four if you count Ayumi the cat!). This group also developed an application called Worktrek which is a corporate calendar tracker for employee productivity. The founder of 42goals is Alex Pak. The site is supported through its "freemium" business model (they offer free basic features and charge for premium) plus they willingly accept donations too. In March 2012, 42goals was acquired by Richard S, a VC and entrepreneur from Tokyo.
The customization and visual progress that can be seen from an account at 42goals is unlike any other kind of goal-tracking application. Users can view reports and quickly see how effective they are at accomplishing the goals, or minor tasks, that are needed throughout the day. The application can help someone breakdown their loftier aspirations into smaller, more easily achievable tasks. It is also somewhat motivating to check off the visual icons throughout the day as well! For example, one could set a goal to drink more water and each time they drink 8 oz, they could add a little water glass to their 42goals dashboard. This small task can go a long way in inspiring someone to do something better. Additionally, a mobile site of 42goals is available and future plans are in place to develop an iOS and Android version of their application as well.
The site is best described as providing a visualization to the progress one makes and providing analytics for users to determine how well they are doing at accomplishing the tasks that they set out for themselves. There is a lot that a user can customize, and perhaps there is too much that some could get lost in the tool as well. However, for those who dedicate some time to setting up their goals and tabs in the 42goals profile, they will be able to get a lot out of using this application. Also, the site is designed well and responds quickly. There were no issues with the appearance of 42goals, just that there is so much that one could do with it. Perhaps if they preset some common goals into a user's initial profile, this might help those who are less analytical to get up an running on this app.
The setup process for 42goals takes less than a minute. Users can register for this service by visiting: http://42goals.com/registration/
From there they will just need to input their name, email address and setup a 42goals username and password. Users could also register using their Facebook or Twitter ID's as well.
42goals offers a free version of their application that provides all of the basic functionality. They do offer a premium plan for $5 per month that provides some added functionality like a stopwatch feature, group goals by tabs and preferred support from the 42goals team via email. Additionally, corporations who are looking to inspire employees and develop them with a tool like 42goals can reach out to the team and request special enterprise-grade pricing that offers a more customized or branded approach to the app for their company. 42goals is also supported by some sponsors (with banners located at the foot of their site) and donations as well. There is no indication that their free version will be going away any time soon.
42goals is ideal for anyone who is looking to track their progress on a goal, task or New Years' Resolutions. The content that is available through the community was particularly engaging. The app does take some time to setup, and users will only get out of it what they put into it. So it does require some maintenance- just as any goal or developing any new habit does! Anyone who is looking to become a better person should take a peak at 42goals and see if it is the kind of tool that would help them accomplish their tasks.