Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: GoalForIt

I'm normally not a big fan of making New Year's resolutions, but lately there have been a lot of things that Daniel and I have been talking about doing- both ourselves and with the kids. Things like exercising more and reading our Bibles more and helping the kids start to take more responsibility for things around the house.  So when I heard about a website called GoalForIt, I was excited to have the chance to review it. Here's a little bit about the site:
I created Goalforit as a "passion-project" to try and help people of all ages bring more focus and personal success into everyday life by recognizing, developing and capitalizing on their own unique strengths & abilities.
We are so excited about GoalForIt and have been really liking it. First off, we like it because it's a free site.  Secondly, it's really easy to use.  I created a chore chart for each kid, and it was really easy. You just name your chart, then go through the different categories to pick which goals you want to include. Categories include chores & responsibilities, behavior goals, and healthy habits. You can also customize your own tiles if there's something that isn't included in the pre-existing list.  For the younger set (ages 1-13), goals include things like "listen", "get dressed", "brush your teeth", and "no whining" (to name a few that are on my kids' charts).  For the teens/tweens charts, categories include health, traits, fulfillment and household. I found that many of the goals that can be included on the teens/tweens are actually really relevant to me (like "think positive" and "clean bathroom" and "nuture faith"), and I made myself a chart to help keep on top of the things I need to accomplish every day. You can either print out your charts or just keep track of what you've accomplished online.
The kids take a break from playing and review their daily goals

You can also use GoalForIt to make and keep track of a to-do list or to set goals for yourself.  I just set myself a goal for next year to run 365 miles in 2012- hopefully this site will help me to stick to it! For the goals, to-do lists and charts, you can set it up so that GoalForIt sends you email reminders to help you stay on track. Very handy!

I'm really impressed with this site and I can already see a difference in my kids' attitude toward being asked to do things.  Now, instead of it just being Mommy or Daddy trying to get them to do something, there's a chart with stickers to earn! Even though they can't read, I keep finding them over by the charts, looking at the pictures and muttering things to themselves about not fighting or picking up their toys.  Hopefully I'll respond as well to my chart! 

So, if you're making New Year's resolutions for 2012, or just want to stay more on top of things around your house, definitely check out GoalForIt and all that this great site has to offer!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post, written on behalf of GoalForIt. However, I was under no obligation to write a positive review, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.