There’s nothing like a brand new year spreading out before you like a new sheet of paper, unmarked and with no mistakes on it. If you’re like a big chunk of the human race, the new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life and figure out what you want to change.
However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and that new habit, hobby or lifestyle you want can easily fall to the wayside and get abandoned altogether.
A friend who is committed to fitness told me that in January it always gets far too crowded at the gym, but all she has to do is wait a few weeks and all the people go back to where they came from.
I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to fight to accomplish my goals. I want the months to go by and still be plugging away–to be the one who has the grit to stick to my resolutions.
Luckily, there are some online resources that help you stay motivated.
If you want to put your money where your mouth is, Stikk may be the site for you. They use the concept of “loss aversion” to help you stick to your goals.
According to behavorialeconomics.com, “loss aversion is an important concept associated with prospect theory and is encapsulated in the expression “losses loom larger than gains” (Kahneman & Tversky, 1979). It is thought that the pain of losing is psychologically about twice as powerful as the pleasure of gaining.”
With Stikk, you can invite friends and family to cheer you on, keep reports of your progress, and pledge a certain amount of money to a cause, charity, friend or enemy. If you fail to keep at your goal, your hard-earned cash goes out the window. People generally choose a cause they despise.
Hate spiders? Schedule a donation to the American Arachnological Society. It will keep you extra motivated.
If you want to make the process more fun, especially if you like to play online games, then Habitica might be more your style. With Habitica, you get rewarded for your hard work and–bonus!–get to fight monsters.
According to the website, “Habitica is a free habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.”
There’s also the Apple Design winner, Streaks. “Streaks is the to-do list that helps you form good habits. Every day you complete a task, your streak is extended. Choose or create up to twelve tasks, such as walk the dog, floss your teeth, eat healthily, practice Spanish.”
People love to see the chain of good habits. But miss a day, and you start all over again at zero.
HabitBull is a similar, more intensive tracker that is available for Android. You’ll get reminders, join a community, and see your progress in graph form.
Another kind of resource, Dumb Little Man: Tips for Life, is geared towards helping you be your best. With articles such as How to Achieve Self Mastery, The Benefits of Solitude, and 5 Social Listening Tactics to Generate New Customers, this site has a little bit of everything for everyone. From social media marketing to shoe repair hacks, you’ll find that perfect something that’ll help you keep on track for a better you.
Making resolutions may seem like you’re setting yourself up for failure, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a lot out there to help you succeed.
You’ll find that small adjustments to your routine can make a big difference in your life.