Introduction: How to Make the Goal Clock for Under 10$

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This instructable will show you how to make a cool visual representation of how close you are to meeting a goal. You can use this goal clock for anything! Clocks are used to track time, but for this hack, we are retooling the clock and using it to track goals! For mine, I made my goal clock center around a sailing theme, because it is tracking how close I am to my goal of buying a sail boat. As with anything I make, I want it to look nice and add to the feel and decor of its surroundings. This clock was made to fit my house and the color schemes of the room. You can tailor yours to your needs and customize it however you want! This clock cost me $9. I used an old clock I found at the thrift store ($4.99) and a book of stationary (3.99).

Here are some ways you can use the goal clock:

  • Learn a language: Track the number of days in a row, or hours practiced
  • Save up for a big purchase: Track your savings in increments of dollars saved
  • Lose weight:Track pounds lost
  • Train for free diving: Track how many seconds and minutes you can hold your breath

And the list goes on...

Step 1: 1. Gather Your Materials and Tools


  • Custruction paper or stationary
  • Glue
  • An old clock
  • Spray Paint


  • Ruler (protractor if youd like)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • screwdriver

Step 2: 2. Take the Clock Apart

Take the cock apart, and pull the face off. You will use the face to trace a circle and save yourself some time, so do your best to keep it in tact. Pull out all of the guts of the clock. We are basically just using the housing from the clock, so it will look nice hanging on the wall.

Step 3: 3. Trace Circles on Your Paper.

In this step you will trace 3 circles. One for the face, one for the under layer, and one for the goal tracking piece. (the piece that moves)

Trace the first circle on the paper you want to use for the face. The second circle should be slightly smaller than the first one. This is the moving piece that tracks your goal. The third will be even smaller than that, and it will be the under layer. I just trimmed mine at the end. This one doesnt need to be perfect.

Step 4: Find the Center

There are several ways to do this. The method I used was to draw a random line between two points of the circe, then take the length measurement between the two points and fine a paralell spot on the circle where you can draw the same length line. Draw diagonal lines between the points at the end of the two lines. Once you do that, the diagonals will intersect at the middle. Mark the center of all of the circles.

Cut out the center of all of the circles. for the goal tracker layer, you want the cutout to be larger that the face layer. You may also want to cut a cardboard spacer to make sure the tracker layer rotates around the spacer.

Step 5: 5. Paint the Clock

If you want to change the color of the clock housing, now is the time to do it. Grab your spray paint and go to work! I painted mine navy to go with the nautical theme.

Step 6: 6. Place Your Circles

Place the base layer circle on the face of the clock. This layer will serve as a smooth surface for the goal tracker layer to slide on without catching on the insides of the clock. Once you have it in place, glue it down flat!

Next place the goal tracking layer of the clock. If you have a spacer, add it to eht middle of the clock now, and glue it in place. The hole you cut for the tracker piece should fit snuggly around the spacer, and sit just below the the top of the spacer.

Step 7: 7. Get Creative

This is where your creativity can run wild. Spice up your clock face, by adding creative marks around the deges or even in the middle if you want! They can be any shape or size. If you are tracking money, you can use numbers as the "tick marks" around the edges. Whatever you use, make sure they are evenly spaced.

I used little sailboats as my "tick Marks". They are spaced evenly around the outside. The clock measures how much money I have saved to buy the sail boat. My clock is set in 10 thousand dollar intervals. My goal for the sail boat is 110 thousand. When I hit "11 o'clock" I get to buy my sailboat!

Once you have your clock face finished, find the top of the face, and cut a vertical line down to the center of the clock.

Step 8: 8. Assemble the Clock

Grab the goal tracker piece of the clock and cut a vertical line from the top down to the center, just as with the clock face. Place the tracker piece over the spacer, so it rests on top of the base layer. Next, take the clock face and line it up so the top of the clock is lined up with the top of the tracker layer. Now pull the edge of the tracker layer through the cut in the clock face about a half inch. Next, glue the clock face to the spacer. Make sure no glue touches the tracker piece. We want the traker to float smoothly between the face and the base layer. In order to keep your tracker from sliding back under the face, you need a handle. I made an origami sailboat that sticks up off of the clock that I use to move the tracker as my goal progresses. Make whatever suits your style, and glue it to the tracker piece. Bend part of it up so that it acts as a stopper, and a handle to move you goal tracker. Once it dries you have your goal clock!

Find the perfect spot to hang the clock and start tracking that goal! Goals are more likely to be achieved when you make the visual, and when you look at them every day. Put the clock in a place you can see it every day!

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