Getting Started with Troll's Goals

Overview

This guide will introduce the Troll's Goals app and explain how to start using it. The purpose of Troll's Goals is to provide a simple way to track what you do each day,

Here's what my Troll's Goals page currently looks like:

Joe's Goals

Before You Start

I've only tested Troll's Goals using the Google Chrome and Chrome for Android browsers, so this app may not function correctly (or look good) in other browsers.

If you try to visit Troll's Goals and you're not logged into an ayoshitake.com account, you'll be redirected to a login page. You can register an account, or click "Log In as Guest" if you just want to try out Troll's Goals. If you decide to continue using Troll's Goals, you can convert your guest account to a full account by registering later on.

Joe's Goals

Domains and Areas

The first things you'll want to add to Troll's Goals are domains, which are categories for the areas you'll be adding. Click "Add New Domain", fill out the tooltip with information about the domain, and click "Create" or hit Enter.

Joe's Goals

My two go-to domains are Business, for work-related activities, and Pleasure, for activities I do strictly to entertain myself.

Once you've defined your domains, add your areas, which are types of activities you do, and/or things you want to track. Click the + symbol next to the domain's "Total", fill in the tooltip with information about the area, and click "Create" or hit Enter. The area fields could use some explaining:

  • Name - the name of the area. This is the only required field; the rest of the fields are optional.
  • Description - whatever you want to say about the area. Descriptions are only shown when you hover the mouse over an area.
  • Domain - the domain the area falls under.
  • Enter Record Details? - do you want to be automatically prompted for details about records when you create them? (See the next section, "Records".)

Joe's Goals

I define areas for each of the activity types I frequently perform, and/or reasons I have for performing those activities. I also define "Etc. [Domain name]" areas to capture anything else I do that's worth a checkmark in a given domain. For example, if I find myself frequently creating "Etc. Business" checkmarks for gardening, I'll create a new Business area named Gardening.

Records

Now that you have domains and areas, you can create records for an area by clicking anywhere on the area's row (except for the aforementioned symbol). A checkmark symbol will appear; that's your record!

You can also enter details about a record by clicking the record's checkmark, typing in the details you want to enter, and clicking "Update" or hitting Enter.

Joe's Goals

Other Actions

Changing Domains and Areas

If you ever want to change a domain or area, just click the symbol next to the domain or area, change the tooltip fields however you like, and click "Update" or hit Enter.

Joe's Goals

Discard (Esc) and Delete (Ctrl-Delete)

In addition to the "Create" and "Update" buttons indicated above, tooltips have one or two other buttons, depending on the kind of tooltip.

The yellow Discard button reverts any changes you've made to the domain, area, or record. The keyboard hotkey for this button is Esc.

The red Delete button deletes the domain, area, or record. The keyboard hotkey for this button is Ctrl-Delete.

Previous Day (Left Arrow) and Next Day (Right Arrow)

The arrows at the top of the page, next to the day's date, will change the day being displayed. The left arrow goes back a day, and its keyboard hotkey is Left Arrow, while the right arrow will go forward a day, and its keyboard hotkey is Right Arrow.

Note: Troll's Goals won't let you go forward beyond today's date, but that date is calculated when you load the page. If your window is open past midnight, you'll have to refresh the page to display the new day.

The Week page

All of the preceding screenshots have been of the Day page (the default page for Troll's Goals), and the preceding section's instructions assumed you were using the Day page. However, Troll's Goals has another page - the Week page.

Joe's Goals

To reach the week page, click the "This Week" link on the left side of the page; to go back to the day page, click the "Today" link. As the name suggests, the Week page shows seven days instead of one. To create a record for a given day, in addition to clicking the appropriate area's row, you must click on the appropriate day's column. Changing the date with the arrows at the top of the page (or with the Left Arrow or Right Arrow keyboard hotkeys) will move back or forward seven days instead of one.

Conclusion

In this post, I've described what Troll's Goals can do, and roughly how I use it. Troll's Goals is a flexible tool for tracking what you do, and how you use it is up to you:

  • What domains and areas of your daily activities do you want to track?
  • What "earns" you a record in a particular area?
  • What are your daily, weekly, and long-term goals for your records, if any?

Do you use Troll's Goals? Got feedback, questions, or feature requests? Leave them in the comments below!

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