New Version of Achieve-IT! Desktop Released (v.

by Brad Isaac on June 2, 2006

Ai1353I am happy to announce I’ve released a new version of Achieve-IT! goal setting software into the wild. 

This new version introduces a new brainstorming wizard which makes entering goals much easier and faster.  It also helps you to organize your thoughts and projections for goals you want to achieve in the first year, 5 years out, 10 years and beyond. 

Then you can use the handy buttons underneath the calendars to quickly sort and work with each time period.  Click the picture for a better view.

This version also fixes a few bugs like moving goals between categories and a freeze that could occur when returning to the Home screen from the Plan of Action.

Changelog for version


Create buttons 1, 5, 10, L
Recreate tab buttons for refine module to reduce confusion
Fixed Move category option
Fixed Bug in Refine wizard where returning to wizard gets stuck
Program “Back” Button
Write Update statement to push changes to database
Program Next button to change to “Finish” Button
Program Next button for rest of life objectives
Program Next button for 10 year objectives
Program Next button for 5 year objectives
Program Cancel button
Configure Database column for 1, 5, 10 and L for lifetime
Program Next button for 1 year objectives

Download Achieve-IT_1.3.5.3.exe (2950.1K)

system requirements:

  • Windows XP, 2000, 1998
  • 64MB Ram
  • 20MB Hard Drive Space
  • Microsoft’s .NET Framework installed (Free)

If you have any comments or questions, please post or shoot me an email. 

Happy goal setting!

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B. Riley June 2, 2006 at 9:03 pm

You’re on the right track with the wizards man! Makes the interface MUCH easier to use!!!!

John June 3, 2006 at 2:18 am


Thanks for working hard at improving this wonderful software.

a couple quick questions:
1. IF not already, will you plan on supporting import for other softwares? Some how, when I sit right infront of Achieve-IT! and intended to type whatever comes to my mind, it is not as productive. If it is capable of importing, perhaps while working somewhereelse and things comes to mind, I can capture those thoughts and import them into Achieve-IT! later.

2. It is great to have the brainstorm wizard now, I am wondering if it is possilbe to, once our goals are entered in the one year, 5 year, ten years, lifetime time frames, if its possible to have these respective goals listed/categorized under their respective time frame within Achieve-IT! If I am not missing anything, currently, it puts every goals entered together. Just would be nice to have them listed separately.

Thanks again for your great work.

John June 5, 2006 at 12:10 am


I understand you can be very busy. I would be greatful for your thoughts to the above questions when you can.


senthil June 5, 2006 at 1:13 am

hello guys,
i am a research student from india.could u guys plz tel me what led u to buy this software in the first instance.
friends reference?
just attracted with the product features by looking at the blog?
brad’s credibility?
plz let me know.thanx!

June 5, 2006 at 1:43 am


1. First on the horizon is Pocket PC syncing. Hadn’t thought of importing from text or anything. What were you wanting to do.

2. Currently, if you go to the home screen you should see 4 new buttons under the calendar. You can use them to sort goals for each time frame. :)

John June 5, 2006 at 3:29 am


Thank you for the reply/post. I see.

1. Say, I am at a different computer away from my lap top/one that I have Achieve-IT! installed (plus, I don’t have a Pocket PC, but a Palm), and working away on other unrelated stuffs, but then certain light got turned on, and juices of new goals are flowing through my mind; I would like to capture these goals in MS word or other text formats and then later import them into Achieve-IT! Hope I make sense here. With the interest of saving time, just thought that a way to import from other text softwares would help.

#2. I see. Don’t know why I didn’t see that untily you mentioned these four boxes. I restart Achieve-IT! and there they are. Miracle do happens -). Thank you for pointing that out. That’s exactly what I was hoping for. My hat off to you.


John June 5, 2006 at 3:40 am


Purchased the software because of its simplicity, not that it is not effective. On the contrary, it is very effective. I am too relatively new to Brad’s blog, but upon seeing Achieve-IT! desk top version, I just knew it is for me. Its simplicity got me sold. I am glad Brad is improving its capability.

I also like the fact that I can export to OutLook. That was another big thing for me. Granted, I don’t know much about other goal setting softwared, but I don’t think you can go wrong with this software. I have enjoyed it and no regret about my decision purchasing it. Wish you the best while deciding.


senthil June 5, 2006 at 5:05 am

thanks a lot for that information you gave me.wish u all success with ur work.
c care.bye.

Rod June 6, 2006 at 8:30 am


A question – if I have a goal already in Achieve-It, how can I get it into the yearly categories without completely re-entering it? I don’t want to do this because I have entered quite a bit of text into the benefits and pitfalls sections already.

If I open the program I do see the categories buttons. However, if I then click on manage, or one of the other buttons, then go back ‘home’, I no longer see them. Is this a feature that has yet to be programmed?

Lots of good progress being made! I look forward to each new release to see what you have debugged/added!


John June 6, 2006 at 2:00 pm


You are welcome. Many have helped me as well.

Best wishes,

John June 8, 2006 at 1:19 pm

Hello Brad,

I know you are taking care of your son right now and taking a much needed break. I am just going to leave this quick note here and when you can, then I will hear from you.

Now I know why I didn’t see those four time line boxes under the second calendar when I was in “Home”. Don’t know if its just me or happens to someone else too, but those four boxes would only appear when you first open Achieve-IT!. If I opened the software, and went onto something else, say, “Refine” or “Define” and then come back to “Home”, those four boxes don’t show up anymore. If I close the software and restart it, there they are again. Don’t know if this is intentional or just a glitch or is it just my PC. Whatever the situation maybe, your thoughts on the matter would be appreciated (when things with your family are back to normal).


John June 11, 2006 at 10:13 am

Hi Brad,

Glad to hear that your son was getting out of the hospital. Even though that may be a big relief, I’ll bet you have much to take care off at home. So I will just leave you another question and kindly respond to it when you can.

I was adding more goals with benefits and potential pitfalls using the wizard, I realized that as long as I don’t us the refine wizard for the new goals, they would appear in the over-all goal list. But as soon as I follow up the process using the refine wizard, when I am done, the new goal don’t show up in the over all list any more. But if I directly click on the “Refine” tab and click on two blank spaces below the last shown goal, then the benefits and pitfalls of that las goal I was working on show up, but without the goal. If I reword the goal (from memory), then that last goal which I was working on shows up, and now I have two identical goals, some times three identiacl goals linked to the same benefits and pitfall details. I thought I could delete one or two of these identical goals so that I would just have one, but doing so, I lost everything tied to that goal, and left with nothing to show.

Is this a known issue or is it just me? What can I do to correct the error?

Thank you very much for your excellent support.


June 12, 2006 at 7:38 am

Thanks for the feedback guys.

First, I found the disappearing buttons problem and it’s fixed

Rod, dunno why I didn’t think to add that option to the refine wizard for legacy users. But it’s on the list to do today.

John, the sync with text file is something I am thinking through. It’s easy enough to pull in a text list or something, but to say refine a goal in that list using a text file becomes a different story.

I think the problem you describe with goals not showing up in the FULL list view will be fixed when I update the refine wizard to incorporate what Rod mentioned above.

Thanks again guys for using Achieve-IT! and helping me make it better. :)

John June 12, 2006 at 9:03 pm


Thank you. Will be looking forward to the update versions then.


m. June 14, 2006 at 3:57 pm

I have a doubled start bar, and on first part of the UI is under it.

m. June 14, 2006 at 3:58 pm

The missing word is “run” – on first run, part of the UI is under the start bar. Sheesh.

June 14, 2006 at 10:41 pm

ahh..Ok,what should fix that is for you to decrease the window size and then immediately exit the program and re-launch it.

Leif June 14, 2006 at 11:15 pm

Hi Brad,

I made a comment about a password issue in the survey thread. Looks like I made the comment in the wrong place. Sorry about that.

The problem I found is thatI enabled the password protection. When I went to log in, I entered my password (hit shift & tab trying to put the focus on the Submit button), then I hit the Enter key and got a screen that showed some of my goals.

June 14, 2006 at 11:31 pm

ok, thanks. I will take a look. :)

John June 28, 2006 at 4:22 pm

Hello Brad,

Just wondering if, currently, there is a way to have a date and time stamp when we enter our goals? If so, how may one turn that on? If not, would that be a posibility for you to add to the software?


John July 2, 2006 at 6:06 am

Hello Brad,

With an understanding that you might quite busy with other aspects of your life, just wondering when we have specific questions about your software(s), which venue would be best to get the question to you, a post here or an email to you?

When you can, I would be greatful for your thoughts on the my question above.


July 3, 2006 at 11:14 pm

John, I do read all the comments here. Sometimes I have to think through requests like the one you made prior.

Right now, I am working on a major update to A.I. that will be a dramatic change from this prior version. I think you’ll like it so bear with me for the time being.

If you have a pressing issue, you can email the support

John July 4, 2006 at 1:39 am


Thanks for acknowledgingt that you’ve have seen the posts. Will look forward to seeing the new version and if not including in this cupcoming upgrade version, hope you can find a way to include the requested capability in the following upgrades.


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