Have you pondered about goal-setting benefits?  Do you ask yourself if it’s worth going through the process?  In addition to the value it adds, how about using apps or manual methods?  Read my article to see how defining objectives is helpful, and with techniques available.

My self-improvement blog has a few related articles on the topic.  In this one, I’ll highlight the benefits of going through the task.  I’ll also make a comparison between digital and traditional methods.

The aims you set can be of personal or professional nature.  Some are for the short-term, others for the longer term.  Sometimes, things change and it’s vital to periodically review your plan.

1. What’s goal setting?

When you want to achieve something meaningful, you work on it.  Doing so requires knowing clearly what it is.  Define your objectives.

You may also need an action plan.  How will you go about it?  In how much time, and by when do you need to make it happen?

To implement your plan, what do you need?  How much time, money, and effort?  Do you need help and support?  If it’s a professional activity, will you hire a team?

Answering these questions will support you in pinning down what you need.  They often say targets are like milestones that lead to a bigger destination.  These serve as a guide to measuring performance.

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2. Goal-setting benefits 

Without well-defined targets, you could waste time.  Precious resources could be allocated to petty needs.   Ensure that you focus your efforts on the right activities for success.

3. Models and frameworks

Goal-setting models are helpful to working smart.  These proven techniques can guide you step by step.  There are many of them, and some people prefer one over the other.

A popular one is the SMART criteria.  The acronym stands for specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.  It’s a simple framework.

The SMART method, and generally any other one, don’t usually work alone.  You need to use them in harmony with other tools for a better picture.  For example, also take advantage of the SWOT analysis (which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).

Set the right intentions using SMART criteria.  List the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  See how you can fully take advantage of your strengths and opportunities.  Analyze your weaknesses.  How can you overcome these?  Take measures to turn any threats into opportunities, as far as possible.

Once I took the courage to move from my office job to being a solopreneur.  I’ve been working on my terms for over 9 years (at the time of writing).  One example of how I turned threats into opportunities is by taking calculated risks.

4. Benefits of apps

Coming to the second part of the article, I’ll now highlight some conveniences of using the software.  There are many types of them that help.  You may choose one based on your needs.

Some popular ones are for creating vision boards, a to-do list, increasing productivity, habit tracking, daily routines, and virtual coaches.  Having a vision board helps to motivate you in achieving what you desire.  A good to-do list that’s linked to a time calendar is great.  Track your productivity level and adopt new habits.  

What makes this method stand out is the convenience.  You get automated advanced results.  Measure your progress and keep it up.  Goal-setting statistics help to identify if you ever lag.    


5. Advantages of manual methods

It’s like a perk to use software that supports you.  However, traditional methods also have their importance.  Some people choose to stick to manual techniques for some reasons.

Some examples are using paper to draft, plan, and finalize your aims.  You can also journal to express your thoughts.  Find shortcomings and take corrective actions.

These ways tend to be more time-consuming.  On the other hand, you’re more mindful.  With no automated advanced stats and analysis, you have to analyze your performance.  This prompts you to think critically and find creative ways for improvements.

Seeing your notes on paper is said to have a special effect.  Many people choose to write with pen and paper for better results.  Looking at a screen doesn’t have the same effect on them.

6. Hybrid methods

These are a combination of both.  Some examples are note-taking apps, such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, mobile phone notes app, Evernote, and more.  

I use journaling to track my improvements.  Having to write in a word document prompts me to reflect.  That’s the non-automatic side of it.  The technological advantage is that I have it on my phone all the time.  It’s a mixture of both.

While I use fully automated systems for many things, I like to contemplate my growth.  Personally, taking some time daily to examine and reflect is helpful.  My life purpose is a top priority, so I give it my full attention.

7. Apps vs manual

I’ve written 2 separate sections above that detail each option.  In this subheading, I’ll highlight one versus the other.  Both have their pros and cons.

Briefly said, apps are more convenient.  These save time and give advanced metrics.  You just have to check your performance and make efforts to improve.

Using manual or hybrid methods is more time-consuming.  These require additional steps to track growth.  However, this very point could be what you’d want for being mindful and scrutinizing.

8. Best option 

The best choice is personal, varying from person to person.  After having seen the key pros and cons, select your preferred type.  It’s important to evaluate the features of individual products and the price (if any) as well.  Go for the best option and ensure that it supports your goal-setting motivation!

Ultimately, the results that you get from your aims are key.  Remain engaged and avoid neglecting these exercises.  To get desired results, select the method that you can keep up with, consistently.  Don’t give up, persevere.


Having coherent and meaningful targets is crucial.  These support you in working on desired achievements.  The method you choose should suit you best.  If you know someone who needs to read about goal-setting benefits, please share my post on social media.

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