Product Review: The Daily Goal Machine

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I came across this smart little program while researching different time management techniques and systems. It is always interesting to find new ways to improve and get more out of my day.

When I found The Daily Goal Machine I had very high hopes for the program.
Being able to move from my calendar over to a program would ease my days and make my planning more efficient, it would also help me keep track and to keep working at optimum efficiency all day.

I was both positively and negatively surprised
The program was simpler then I had hoped, which is both a good and a bad thing.
I haven’t stopped using my calendar, but thanks to the program I don’t have to go looking through my to-do list for the next thing I should work on which I otherwise need to even though I am using the ABC-method, I still need to find the next item on my list.

Really easy to install and start using
The program comes with a step by step setup guide which walks you through all the ins and outs of the program. You don’t need to read it to understand the program though, since it is very easy, but it has some interesting features that you wouldn’t figure out without reading the guide.

Set Priorities and Timers
When you use the program you get to create “boxes of time”. You can add up to 12 tasks that need to be done and how long you estimate they will take.

This is good for two reasons.

1. It forces you to plan your day – Which in itself can save you up to 2 hours/day.
2. It gives you a timeline for how long you think it will take and gives you a chance to compete with yourself to try and beat your time.

Every time you finish a task you check it off the list and the program tells you what you should start working on next. This way you can focus single-mindedly on that task without feeling guilty for not working on something else.

Add a weekly plan
The program also gives you the opportunity to create task lists.
This way you don’t have to write down each task every time.
I have for example added my weekly plan with a Monday list, Tuesday list and so on.
This way I can on Wednesdays I open my Wednesday list and add all the tasks, estimate the time I think each task will take and prioritize what order I want to do the tasks in.

The program tells you when you are doing too much
When you add all your tasks into the program it lets you know how long time it will take and what time you will be done for the day.
This way if you are doing too much you will can see it easily and reprioritize.

It has saved me about 45 minutes per day
Even though I already had a weekly plan, used a calendar, used the ABC method to prioritize my list and single-mindedly focused on the next task at hand this programmed has saved me 45 minutes every day, over 4 hours/week.

There are some things that could be better (for example I would like to be able to schedule meetings in the program) and that I miss but all in all it is a great program.

It only costs 37 dollars so it is very worth the investment (During the first year it can save you 208 hours, it is worth paying 17 cents per hour of freedom).

You can take a look at the program here and get more information at their website.

I recommend you to get “The Daily Goal Setting Machine” Today.
You will even get several free reports including “The Law of Attraction” “Action Unleashed” and “The Speed Reading Monster Course”

Get your copy of the program today!

P.S. if you need any help with the program let me know and I’ll try to help.

                                                                                                                          

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23 Responses to Product Review: The Daily Goal Machine

  1. J.D. Meier says:

    Very nice write up.

    It looks like sound principles:
    - identify tasks/actions
    - identify time
    - identify priorities (value)
    - identify sequence

    I think the most common traps of any system are, focusing on tasks vs. outcomes, and not having a way for things to “slough” off. I find where most people end up dropping a system is when it feels like they’ve simply listed out a bunch of stuff they’ll never do. I like how the goal machine can help keep this in check.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey J.D.

      “I find where most people end up dropping a system is when it feels like they’ve simply listed out a bunch of stuff they’ll never do.”

      You just crystalized in one simple sentence a principal I have tried to describe for a while now.
      People often loose motivation when a system starts to feel difficult when all they want to do is procrastinate on the things in it and so on.

      The goal setting machine isn’t a miracle solution, but it has helped me which means it can help others.

      Have you used the program yourself?

      • J.D. Meier says:

        I haven’t use the program, but I’m a long-time student of the productivity space, and your well-written review was easy for me to follow because you both distilled the essence, and honed right in on the principles and practices.

        I’ve lead distributed teams around the world at Microsoft so I’ve tested many, many systems over many years. I’ve had to ramp up new team members as quickly as possible and make them as effective as possible.

        I’ve shared many of the proven principles, patterns, and practices as a system, a book, and a knowledge base at GettingResults.com.

        I shared the book for free in HTML because I think everybody deserves the skills to pay the bills and to lead a better life. While this system is industrial strength and scales from one-man bands to large distributed teams, I optimized it for the Underdog who wants more from life … Know-how levels the playing field.

        • Daniel M. Wood says:

          Time Management can really change your life.
          I’ll take a look at your knowledge base, that looks really interesting J.D.

          There is so much we can learn about optimizing you time and it is very powerful to use these kind of techniques.

          What has been your most profound experience when teaching an underdog about different systems?

          • J.D. Meier says:

            I’ve seen Underdogs completely change their life, from flailing and failing to flowing and growing. Suddenly, all the energy they spend becomes a spiral up instead of a spiral down, or spinnning wheels. It’s like they’re unleashed and have a new lease on life. I’ve seen this time and again.

            It’s a big shift when somebody realizes how focusing on outcomes vs. activities changes everything.

            This shift is like a domino effect
            - By focusing on the outcomes, they become flexible in how they get there.
            - Rather than task-management, they focus on flowing value.
            - It forces the question, is the outcome worth it?
            - It’s easier to prioritize.
            - It reminds them to ask, “Why” are they doing the task.
            - Finding the why motivates them internally versus external carrots and sticks
            - By focusong on outcomes, they shift from tasks to stories.
            - Using stories to drive their day, they become the author of their life

            • Daniel M. Wood says:

              Thanks J.D.
              It is incredible to watch someone grow isn’t it.
              The feeling of seeing someone become who they were meant to be.

              Thanks a lot for participating in this discussion and sharing your experiences.

  2. J.D. points out some good things. It sounds like the program does a good job at identifying the important tasks that need accomplishing and breaking them down into workable chunks. Often I’ll try to gobble up a task that’s just much to big for the time allotted – and then it brings on instant stress. Not a good thing.

  3. Dakota says:

    Daniel,
    I like this. It focuses on ‘focused time’.
    Time can slip away from one quite easily. Having tools to use in the battle can only help.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Dakota,

      Hope all is well with you, I recently recommended your site to a friend of mine who is thinking about becoming a piano teacher.

      It is easy to loose track of time, I notice it at work, if I work focused on a task time goes really slow and I get lots done. But when I don’t time goes (sometimes slowly anyway) faster and I get absolutely nothing done.

      What time management techniques do you use to optimize your efficiency?

      • Dakota says:

        Hi Daniel,
        Thanks for the recommendation. I’d be happy to answer any questions your friend may have, my email is in the footer of my website.
        I make lists to keep me focused, then check them off as I get one done. If I can’t finish something because I need to do more research or the ‘work’ day is over :) I circle it and make it a priority for the following day.
        (I had to chuckle while writing this, because my lists are more like notes written in a Dakota version of shorthand!)
        Thanks again Daniel!

        • Daniel M. Wood says:

          Hey Dakota,

          I’ll let her know :) Thanks.

          Lists are an important part of time management, they give you quickly an overview of what you need to get done.
          Prioritizing as you mentioned is the next step and is what raises you to efficiency.

          It is so interesting to study these systems and techniques.

          What has the difference been to you since you started using time management.

  4. Bill Dorman says:

    Hey Daniel, I sure could use an extra 45 during the day…….I use something similar w/ my Outlook and tasks but usually have a break-down in getting everything inputted. It sounds like you are pretty organized and you are squeezing out some time to increase productivity.

    Interesting article and sorry it took me so long to stop by; I’m still feeling my way out here and it’s starting to get where I need to be more disciplined with my time.

    Good to see you and hope you have a good weekend.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Bill,

      I am just glad to have you here my friend.
      If it helps in about 3 weeks I will be starting a time management series were I plan on discussing my whole time management system, I hope you can find some ways of optimizing your days thanks to it.

      The internet is a big place, isn’t it, it is easy to get lost.

      Do you work a lot with time management Bill?

      • Bill Dorman says:

        Off and on and in spurts; it seems at time that time management becomes a chore and end up reverting back to the same ‘ol, same ‘ol……………..

        Something about old dogs, new tricks……………:)

        • Daniel M. Wood says:

          That is easy to do isn’t it.
          Do you use a calendar?
          I have noticed when working with individuals that the problem isn’t usually time management or the techniques or the discipline, it is how they begin.

          Some need to begin by using project lists to get an overview, others need to start by making a weekly plan, others just need to learn to prioritize using for example the ABC-method.

          I think using a calendar is a great way for many to begin, they can get an overview of their days, their meetings and so forth.

          If you start there you can then add prioritization to your days, you can create a weekly plan, you can work on project lists and so on.

          The important thing is to start small, learn one thing at a time, start seeing the results and doing it because it feels great to produce so much more.

  5. Great review. I agree with J.D. that it sounds like a great program and that it hits all the important points. I am all about saving time so what jumped out to me was what you said about saving 45 minutes a day by using your priority list. Interesting concept.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Sybil,

      Thanks for the kind words.
      It is great to save 45 minutes per day (I have timed it!).
      The reason for the increase is both because it awakens my competitive side but also because I don’t have to look through my calendar for the next A priority task instead I look at the daily goal machine and it tells me what I should do next.

      Over the course of a day that time compiles into a pretty significant number.

      How much do you focus on time management? Is it something you think about a lot or do you let it come more naturally?

  6. Seems like a solid piece of software. Simple, intuitive and effective. Time management and productivity have always been a great interest of me, so I’m looking forward to the time management series you were talking about. Always happy to learn!

    See you soon,
    Wim

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Wim,

      I hope you like the series.
      Like I said above it will start at the beginning of June and be published once a week.

      I will try to go through my whole time management system as thoroughly as possible sharing different tools and techniques that can be adapted into your own personal system.

      With a little luck everyone will find that they have 1-2 hours every day that they before didn’t have.

  7. Daniel, thanks for posting the review. I, for one, thrive with to-do lists and goal-setting programs. We’ve had this conversation before, but writing out things is a very good thing for me and I recommend it for anyone. I would be interested in checking this program out. And catchy title, too! :)

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Bryan,

      I should probably emailed you that I was publishing this, sorry.
      It’s right up your alley.
      It makes it easy to follow your lists.

      Sure it could be more advanced, but it is a great product considering how little we are asked to pay (only 37 dollars).

  8. Hi Daniel,
    Thanks for the heads up on this tool. Sounds like it does a great job of forcing you to identify the tasks that need and how long they will take to complete…..like any good project plan.

    Thanks for the heads up :)

    Adrian

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Adrian,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      That is what I liked about the program as well, it forces you to focus on planning and it helps you keep yourself on track.

      Do you use any similar program yourself?

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