Sometimes keeping things simple works much better than over complicating them and Joe’s Goals proves just that. Users can set goals and keep track of them using a simple score system. Joe’s Goals uses attractive yet basic smiles, color icons, and a chart layout to allow users to see where they are at in meeting their goals. Joe’s Goals is entirely web based so users do not have to download anything and can access their goal charts form anywhere with internet access. Notes can be added and users can keep track down to the day to see how close they are to achieving their goals and finding success.
Joe’s Goals creator Ian (who refers to himself as Joe), built the application after identifying a need. Inspired by the 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin, Ian focused on creating a goal monitoring tool that was extremely simple. In fact, the creator himself identifies it as “stupidly simple.” He wanted an application that could not only track goals, but allow users to share them as well. The result was Joe’s Goals which has provided an effective, basic goal setting, tracking and sharing service for many users.
Joe’s Goals strives to provide a service that is simple and easy to use. A new user can visit the site and quickly learn how to create their own goals and manage them. Joe’s Goals even allows users to share their goals with others. The simplicity of this service is what makes it so versatile. By giving the user control over what they do with their goals and keeping the requirements simple, Joe’s Goals can be used to obtain almost anything.
Joe’s Goals offers a friendly appearance that remains simple, yet colorful. Pleasant smiley faces help indicate good and bad days while color icons show productivity (or lack of productivity). The goal charts are simple, but useful and the site contains minimal clutter. Through user friendly tools and an organized site design, Joe’s Goals allows anyone to accomplish the things they want or need to.
Keeping in line with the convenient, easy to use nature of the site, new users can find the Joe’s Goals registration form right on the homepage. Scrolling down on the homepage presents the short form which asks for an email address, first name, and password. After clicking the grey “Sign Up” button, the user is taken directly to their profile page. Here, new goals can be created and updates can be submitted. The user can begin working towards their goals with the help of Joe’s Goals.
Joe’s Goals allows anyone to create an account and monitor their goals for free. There is no charge for signing up. The service is simple, but effective. Users are invited to become subscribers and support the site by paying less then $15 for a full year. Payments can be made through Paypal. At this point, becoming a subscriber does not offer any additional benefits, however the subscription price will go towards supporting further development of Joe’s Goals. In the future, there could be additional features for subscribing members. For now, everyone can access Joe’s Goals whether or not they pay for a subscription.
Users who have a goal to meet can get into Joe’s Goals. The service is very simple, although maybe too simple for some. The free account option is a nice benefit which could entice more users to sign up and possibly become a subscriber later.