Track Your Progress: Try These Online Self-Development Tools!

June 4, 2015
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Guest post by Linda Craig

When people reconcile with the current state of their personality, thinking that it’s impossible to overcome the bad habits or learn new skills, they end up being unhappy without awareness of the true reason. People are not meant to stagnate. When progress and challenges take a central role in their lives, they are closer to discovering the purpose of being.

Personal development is not something you achieve within a day, a week, or a year. It’s a life-long process of learning, improving different skills and qualities, and surpassing obstacles without falling into despair. When you assess your strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to make a clear framework for self-development. 

Self-development is not something you can measure in percentages. There is no tool that will tell you if your parenting skills are 34.5% better or 15% worse than last year. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot have clear signs that show you’ve taken steps to improve yourself. Try these self-development tools that can help you evaluate different aspects of your personal development.


If you want to have a clear vision of your future, you need to work towards specific targets and track your progress towards those. Of course, you need to track the progress to see if you’ve been making enough effort to achieve them. Strides is an extremely simple app that helps you set and track all important goals you have.

Once you become a member, you can set any goal you have (for example “read The Ulysses in two months”). Then you can use the tool to track your daily progress and visually see it on your dashboard in the form of charts.

Pareto Analysis

According to the Pareto principle, approximately 80% of the effects result from 20% of the causes. What does that have to do with self-development? The Pareto method enables you to focus your attention on priorities by identifying problems that can be solved if you make specific changes.

With the Pareto Analysis tool, you will identify the problems that you need to solve, and you’ll probably get to their fundamental causes. Then, you’ll need to score each problem and group different issues together by a common cause. After that, you’ll score each group. Once you identify the problems and their causes, you’ll be able to set priorities and take action that will result with maximum effect.


This online tool is meant for tracking long-term personal goals and bad habits. If you don’t want to bother with hourly schedules and precise daily plans, you can use this tool to commit to weekly goals and make the process more manageable. HabitBull is an online community, so you can get great support and inspiration from the members.

You can use the tool when you’re learning a new programming language, quitting smoking, achieving business goals, or anything else related to self-development.


When you want to track and evaluate your progress, it’s important to be honest with yourself. Goalmigo and Disciplanner, which are community websites, may not allow you to achieve brutal truthfulness. If you decide to use them, you must understand that your purpose is not to impress the members; you should be focused on self-development.

Penzu is different, since it keeps your goals and thoughts private. This online diary enables you to write all about your plans, dreams, and specific steps you take towards their achievement. Make sure to write monthly and yearly reviews that sum up the progress you’ve made. Consider these yearly pages to be your personal resumes, which will present all skills you’ve gained through training, education, leisure, voluntary work, employment, and other activities. Compare the results with the previous years, and you’ll become more aware about the success of your self-development path.  


Learning, as an important aspect of personal development, is a life-long journey that never comes to an end. Trello helps you create a list of goals and projects. You can drag and drop cards between these lists to show how you’ve progressed towards the final goals.

One glance at the board will show everything about your project. For example, let’s say you’re learning a foreign language. Your current goal may be “read Victor Hugo in French without using the dictionary”. Trello will enable you to track the steps from your current state towards the ultimate goal.  


Linda Craig is writing enthusiast and a professional editor at Her passion is modern British Literature and digital education tools.

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