Options for Measuring Goal Progress in Goal Guide

Goals progress can be tracked and measured in a number of different ways within Goal Guide. Here are some options and examples of how to do it:

Basic Completion

Basic completion measures whether a goal was or was not met in yes or no format. For example, remembering to take medication every day. Did I remember to take my pills? Yes or no.


Happiness measures how you feel about goal completion using a smiley face/frowny face graphic scale commonly used in an emergency room setting. A student might want to track progress on a behavioral goal such as not interrupting in class by rating how they felt about their performance on a given day.

Numbers and Repetitions

Numbers and repetitions are two similar ways to track how many times an activity or behavior was completed.

Number of Minutes

Number of minutes records the duration of a task. For example, how many minutes did I spend reading or walking?


Count allows you to record an incremental tally of completions without having the goal be automatically marked complete until you are finished with the tally. You can also set a benchmark that is less than the ultimate goal criterion.

For example, a restaurant worker may have a goal of folding one hundred napkins but a number less than that may be acceptable performance while still learning to do that task, When that benchmark number is reached, the app sends a congratulations message to the user.


Percentages can be useful for recording quiz scores, satisfaction, or portion of a task that is completed.

About Julie Henning

Julie Henning has been with Cognitopia since 2015. In that time, she has been involved in customer support, training, marketing, documentation, social media, and data collection. Some of her favorite projects have been mentoring our videographer intern, Nate, and weekly classroom testing and curriculum development for the many students in the 4J Connections Transition program. She works closely with Eugene-based SLLEA (Smart Living, Learning & Earning with Autism) to integrate Cognitopia’s self-management tools into the organization and structure design input and support platform implementation. Professionally, Julie has over twenty years’ experience working in engineering, technology, software development, and journalism; a path made possible with two degrees in Technical Communication: a BS from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MS from Colorado State University. A single mom of three high schoolers (grades 9, 10, and 11), Julie has introduced Cognitopia to terms such as “sick” and “yeet,” while overseeing the office coffee consumption. In her free time, she enjoys playing recreational soccer, improv comedy, and traveling.

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