The period of Christmas excess is behind us and the New Year is here. A time for setting things right and taking action. Whether it be being more healthy, hitting the gym more or sorting out your love life. Making the promise is the easy bit, keeping it is sometimes more problematic. There are tools out there however that can help you keep your resolutions. Here are a few.
The concept of the website is simple. You set a goal and a timeline for completion, then set a penalty or fine should you fail to complete the task. So whether you want to set a goal to start a blog, travel the world or run a marathon, this website can help motivate you to achieve that. It forces you to enter into a commitment contract where you are penalised financially if you fail. Harsh but fair. So if you need a kick in the backside, this one is for you.
Gym pact is an app that can help those with fitness and health targets achieve their resolutions. The basic premise is that gym goers set themselves a target number of gym sessions per week and set monetary fine should they fail to meet the target. The app registers a gym visit when the user checks into the gym on their smart phone. If the user doesn’t meet their target number of gym visits for the week, they lose their stake. The bonus is that if they do meet their target, they will be paid for each gym visit. The ultimate motivation.
Toshl is an app that helps you get your finances in order. It can help you track your major expenses as well as all of those little purchases that you may not pay so much attention to each month. It can help you create budgets and help you save for any luxury purchases that you may want to make. A very handy app if you need a helping hand in controlling what comes in and goes out.
This app allows you to focus on and change your daily habits easily. You can track the amount of time you spend exercising, stay on top of your diet, see if you are getting enough sleep and also monitor some of your bad little habits. It can also remind you should you be the sort of person who forgets things frequently.
The basic principles of keeping resolutions may seem simple, but it can often be difficult to keep them even for just a few weeks. One tip can be to bring in a bit of theory – make them SMART.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time controlled
Incorporate them into your routine so that they become habit. Motivation is what gets you started, but it is habit that keeps you going. Lastly and most importantly make them fun. You woudn't want to commit to anything you didn't enjoy now would you.
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