I found a couple nifty "gauges" for you writers out there:
1. Word count gauge (see mine in the bottom left frame): http://www.zokutou.co.uk/wordmeter/.
2. Countdown gauge. This could be good for counting down anything from days to Christmas, days to the end of the NaNoWriMo challenge, days 'til your draft is due to your editor, and more! http://www.tickerfactory.com.
Have a great week!