our favourite digital goal setting tools

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create a vision board with
another one of our favourite goal setting tools, Clibe.

It’s no secret that lululemon is big on goals. We set goals, we achieve goals and, to put it mildly, we are downright obsessed with living lives we love through the practice of goal setting. Sometimes, nothing beats old-fashioned pen and paper when it comes to creating a vision and setting goals but leave it to our Digital Innovation team to find the coolest, raddest, digital tools, for screens big and small.

tools to get inspired

pinterest - desktop, iPhone
carolyn - digital innovation manager

Pinterest is my biggest source of vision inspiration online. From inspiring quotes to eye-catching photos, Pinterest helps me build vision boards for myself in all areas of my life. Currently I’m pinning to a “vision of my life in ten years”, a “my vision of health” board and even a “my career in five years” board.

Pinterest keeps my imagination alive and allows my vision to grow and change with time. I can keep my visions private or share them with friends. Pinterest also has a great iPhone app (actually, one of my all time favourites) so I can keep creating on the go!


43 things - desktop, iPhone
carolyn - digital innovation manager

A true match made in heaven - social and goal setting? Yes please! 43things is an online community and goal setting service (it’s the biggest one on the web) that helps you set goals while meeting likeminded people. The site builds on social relationships so that community members can help each other in achieving goals and get inspired to take on new goals themselves. With Facebook integration, I can see what sorts of goals my friends have set and we can connect through shared or similar goals.

evernotedesktop, iPhone, iPad, blackberry,
peder - digital innovation intern

I achieve my goals by breaking the process into five categories: note taking, visioning, goal setting, to-do’s and daily tracking. While Evernote is not exactly positioned as the technology that will achieve my goals, it fits perfectly into the note taking part of my tried and true system. Evernote allows me to capture a picture, a stray insight, a voice memo, a webpage and pretty well anything else right from any of my devices. I love how “in the moment” Evernote is. I can record anything that piques my interest and then come back to it when I have enough time to make sense of how those bits of inspiration play into my bigger picture.


mindbloom - desktop
peder - digital innovation intern
mindbloom - goal setting

Mindbloom fuses inspiration and goal setting to one by taking you into a place of possibility through an interactive story line. Mindbloom helps create your vision and connects you with the inspiration and tools you need to achieve your goals. I love that the app asks you to identify the areas of your life that are most important to you. Once you identify those areas, Mindbloom shares inspirational quotes and pictures so you can start visualizing an "anything is possible" life. From here, you can set goals that actually speak to who you are. Social integration and goal suggestions are two other amazing features that help jump-start your most fulfilling life.


tools for staying on track


getting dreams done - iPhone
carolyn - digital innovation manager

Getting Dreams Done is an iPhone application for goal setting, dream creation and vision boarding. Part of what I love most is that it’s simple to use. It integrates with my iCal and I find that it really operationalizes goal setting in a way that works for me. I use 43things and Pinterest to find vision and goals, inspiration and then use GettingDreamsDone on a weekly basis to check in, track and revise my goals. The calendar helps remind me of my status on certain goals and holds me accountable to achieving them.


action method desktop, iPhone, iPad, android, pen and paper
kristina - social innovation manager

I use Action Method to keep track of my to-dos or goals for each day. Since I’m in a role where work often feels like play, it’s pretty easy to get carried away. Action Method is a tool that is available in almost every form: website, app and even that good old fashion pen and paper we were talking about. With so much always on the go, Action Method helps me prioritize my goals and keeps me on track for achieving them.


Technology helps to hold us accountable to our goals because it is easy to share and it integrates goal setting into our day-to-day lives. The more accessible and visible our goals are, the more likely we are to achieve them. Let our DI team in on some of your favourite goal-setting tools.

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I like the Pinterest idea, because I’ve done similar with real clipboards and such for years. I’m joining that today, thanks!


Comment by Dave Masterson — November 8, 2011 @ 9:27 am

Good gracious, y’all read my mind! I have been looking for some good goal setting apps all morning! Carolyn–I’m a huge fan of Pinterest for creating vision boards too. It’s a borderline addiction to be honest. I can’t wait to check out the rest of your suggestions. Thank you DI team!

Comment by Carolyn — November 8, 2011 @ 9:29 am

I would never have thought to use Pinterest as a goal setting app. What a brilliant idea! I suppose it’s like the perfect digital vision board depending on how you set it up. Thanks for the tips! :)

Comment by Beth — November 8, 2011 @ 9:31 am

Great post! Love the spin on Pinterest. I’ve been using Evernote for a while and love it!

Comment by Karla — November 8, 2011 @ 10:52 am

I do goal setting every week. The one I like is “DropList” the beauty is that it work with DropBox cloud storage service, so that data are back up and accessible on all device :) I have Evernote to to many all the infomation and kept everything searchable. I also use “iThought” for mind-map with complicated problems or longer and bigger goal.

Comment by Ian Su — November 8, 2011 @ 11:51 am

By the way. http://www.findingoptimism.com/ This one is life changing. You can rate your day, every day. And after 10 days, you can see your chart and report. It increase your awareness, you will begin to notice little things like things you eat, trigger of your emotions and what makes you tick. Very powerful tool!!

Comment by Ian Su — November 8, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

Hi all,

It’s Carolyn from the Digital Innovation team here. Thanks for all your comments and thoughts! We are all super inspired by your suggestions for additional apps / digital tools in the goal setting space and we will be eagerly testing them all out. Keep the great suggestions coming!


Comment by Carolyn — November 9, 2011 @ 5:56 am

I use a combo of Action Method, Remember the Milk and Google Spreadsheets! :)

Comment by Olivia — November 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am

Great list, but one cool app that you haven’t listed that I recently came across is http://www.slackk.com – It’s a free goal setting service with a very weird twist, haha, if you don’t reach your set goals, it will post an embarrassing message to your facebook and twitter account!

Just a cool way to add some extra motivation to get things done. :)

Comment by Bryan — November 27, 2011 @ 9:16 am

My analogue goal for the future as a lululemon is to not encourage Cambodian sweatshop expansion in the nearby future…and pretend that i’m supporting the economical growth of these people http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/02/poverty-in-cambodia.html (just laying on sidewalks and dreaming about working in a huge clothing factory for less then an american spends on soap/month)

Comment by Andra — December 2, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

Check out http://www.sparqlight.com too! It’s an online tool where you can set goals and add to-do’s to help get you there. If you used it in the business environment, could also help for projects, etc.

Comment by Dustin — August 23, 2012 @ 8:42 am

I use http://www.wishbomb.com for my goal-setting stuff. Lots of useful tools and it automatically pulls in useful things like youtube videos, books etc that relate to your goal.

Love the idea of doing a vision board – saw that on Oprah and loved it…

Comment by Ricardo — November 18, 2012 @ 10:00 am

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