06 January 2007
One week in, are you sticking to your new year's resolutions? Here are some tools to help you to achieve your goals.
- 43things - a community of people helping each other to achieve goals as diverse as play tennis, read 100 top books, draw every day or write poetry. Whatever you want to do, there's bound to be others here striving for the same thing.
- Joe's Goals - record your daily habits, good and bad. You can publish your chart or keep it private. At the end of the week, you'll see how many times you did the things you want to do more of, and also how many times you succumbed to those you should do a lot less. Your daily score helps you to track progress.
- Tadalist - online to-do lists, with all superfluous features stripped out. Useful planning tool for resolutions that have multiple stages. Tick the tasks as they're completed to see them disappear from the page. Very satisfying and very web 2.0.
- Twitter - said by some to be the next big thing, this brings the concept of blogging down to the minute. You log in regularly to report what you're doing at that exact time. It could be a useful tool for those who want to document their battle to give up cigarettes or cakes (or any other bad habit). If you wrote about each slip in real time, it would change your behaviour sooner or later. (One tool used to encourage people to diet is to just get them to write down everything they eat). Of course, it's probably harder to commit to updating Twitter about breaching your resolutions than it is to just keep them in the first place.
- Moneytrackin - tool for recording how you spend your money. Some finance tools save money because they take so long for you to update that you don't have time to leave the house and see any shops. Using this to record everything would probably be unmanageable, but it could be useful if you focused on an area of expenditure. Moneytrackin has nice features for tagging expenses so you can do some smart analysis later. If you've made any resolutions relating to money, it might be worth giving this a go for a short while at least. You don't need to provide any personal information - not even an email address.
- The Daily Plate - tool for tracking the nutritional value of the food on your plate. Potentially useful for those with fitness and dietary resolutions.
- Gimme 20 - a site for finding, creating and sharing physical workouts and exercise tips.