6 Sites and Apps to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
We all know that making resolutions is one thing, but actually sticking to them is another, much harder, deal. Luckily, there are plenty of websites and apps out there with the main goal of helping make the task (no matter what it is) as painless as possible. Bookmark and download these resources to see how you can stay on top of your goals the whole year through.
StickK lets you set a goal, notify a support group, and have an outsider weigh in and judge your progress, but the real motivation has to do with money. Here's how it works: you commit a certain amount to a goal; if you achieve it, you get the money back. If not, it goes to a third party, which can include someone, a charity you love, or, to up the ante, someone you don't like or a cause you don't support.
With the slogan "remember everything," Evernote aims to be the ultimate productivity app. Stay on top of resolutions by setting email reminders, saving web clips that are motivational, and sharing your tips and notes.
The concept behind Forest is pretty simple but hopefully effective. Using it either as an Internet browser extension or app, you list certain websites not to visit for a certain time limit. As soon as you start, a virtual tree begins to grow. If you stay focused and don't leave the app or visit a blacklisted website, the prettier your virtual tree gets. The moment you exit the app or visit a website, your tree withers. It's a great way to stay on task and in the moment.
A robust website dedicated to helping you stick to any resolution, GoalsOnTrack ($68 per year) has just about all the steps you could think of. Visualize your plan, track how you spend your time, keep a journal of your aims, see your progress in 3D charts, and much more.
With 21habit, you get a dollar for every day you work toward achieving your 21-day goal. The catch? You invest it yourself and check in every day to track how you're doing. Every day you succeed, you get a dollar back. Every day you don't, you fork over the cash to charity.