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Visualizing progress in the simplest form around, this tool can be a major productivity booster and help you monitor and accomplish your professional goals. No tech savviness is required for this web app, just a desire to track your tasks.

Visualizing progress in the simplest form around, this tool can be a major productivity booster and help you monitor and accomplish your professional goals.

Focusing on your goals

We all have professional goals. Your goal could be acquiring a new client every month, hitting a certain amount of traffic on your website, earning enough profit that you can open up your second location, or finally selling a multi-million dollar home as a real estate agent. However, in order to reach these lofty professional goals, you have to incorporate and keep up on the small everyday tasks that will lead you down that path. And let’s be honest, those small tasks can become tedious and leave you feeling unmotivated and frustrated. The trick is finding a way to stay motivated and focused on both your small and large professional goals.

Chains.cc is a free web-based app that allows you to track your small goals day by day. It’s all centered on the idea that if you can visualize your progress, you’ll continue to add to your daily links to your goal “chain.” Visualizing your progress will give you a great reference tool, so you’ll know when you’re falling behind and when you’re right on track. Chains.cc is simple. You select a repetitive task that you need to do once a day, several times a week, or just weekly—like sending marketing emails, following up with current or previous clients, or implementing one new business strategy each week—and mark off your progress each day. Each consecutive day you mark off as having completed your task, a chain link will connect, so you can see your progress and how well you’re doing on your small goals. This will show you your day-to-day consistency.

Customization and simplicity

You can also customize your “chain” to fit the task or your interests. While there aren’t a lot of options, you do have some options. You can choose an ever-growing flower in a flower pot to mark your progress, an actual linked chain, a runner’s track, or a continually extending computer keyboard. Chains.cc also allows you to connect your chains with others who have similar goals. If your entire company, for instance, has the same everyday goal of sending out a certain number of emails or spending two hours per day researching new industry standards, you can create a group and keep track of everyone’s progress. Not only that, it can keep everyone motivated when they see the progress of others. Chain.cc is simple, very simple. Couldn’t we all use a little more simplicity in our professional lives?

Chains.cc isn’t for those rare tasks you put on a to-do list, as these items are usually on a one-time basis. Even your everyday tasks deserve to be checked off once they’ve been completed. Using this simple, free app can help you stay motivated, connected, productive, and on-track to achieving your ultimate career goals.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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