A cool tool to help keep you on track

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Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days to forge a new habit — yet most new year’s resolutions are broken in first week. Why? Lack of persistance. This simple little tool may just be the answer for you…

“Whether you’re staring down the end of the year and want to get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions, or you just want to make a positive change in your life, like getting out for a walk periodically or remembering to get a little exercise when you wake up, Habitforge can help. Habits are generally activities that you repeat without really thinking about having to do them, and it takes repetition to turn an activity from something occasional to a real habit that is part of your daily routine.

Simply tell Habitforge what it is you want to do and how frequently you want to do it, and the service will help you make your vague goal into something you actually do with some regularity. The goal is that eventually, Habitforge will be able to step aside, and you won’t even think about it—you’ll just do it.

Habitforge reminds me of Disciplanner, another tool that’s designed to help you take vague goals, like exercising every day and packing your own lunch, and turning them into things that you actually do. Accounts at Habitforge are free, and getting your reminders set up is incredibly simple: Unlike with Disciplanner, Habitforge has no graphing or analysis tools available to make sure you did what you set out to do, just a reminder and some light tracking of your progress. Source: Habitforge Helps You Build Healthy Habits – AppScout target=”_blank”

You can set up a free habitforge account here

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology

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“Your gadgets and computers, your software and sites — they are not working as well as they should. You need to make some tweaks. But the tech industry has given you the impression that making adjustments is difficult and time-consuming. It is not. And so below are 10 things to do to improve your technological life. They are easy and (mostly) free. Altogether, they should take about two hours; one involves calling your cable or phone company, so that figure is elastic. If you do them, those two hours will pay off handsomely in both increased free time and diminished anxiety and frustration. You can do it.” Source: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology – NYTimes.com.

You’ll have to go to the source if you want to hear the Times perspective on the 10 ways you can more effectively manage your technology in the new year — most of the suggestions are sound. You might also want to read this post for some things you can do to get a ‘new’ computer for the new year…

How to fail in 2010

I had the privilege earlier in my career to work closely with the great Jeff Martin [the guy Steve Jobs credits with the ‘Think Different’ campaign and you know Steve Jobs doesn’t often give credit!]. Jeff’s response to stupid ideas was to say ‘Well, that’s a great going out of business strategy’. My friend Dana VanDen Heuvel outlines some great ‘going out of business strategies’ in this guest column in the Green Bay PressGazette…

Congratulations! Your business made it through 2009, one of the toughest years since the Depression, and now you’re ready to accelerate into the rebound. After all, optimism is one of the hallmark traits of most successful business people. We know that we can’t sell in the past and believe that the best lies ahead of us.

There are a few things that can, if you do them, hinder your progress immeasurably, virtually sealing your demise in the New Year. If you do these things, failure is all but assured. However, if you heed this advice and act positively in the other direction, your success is all but guaranteed. Source: Guest column: How to fail in business in 2010 | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Go to the source to get 6 pointers on creating your own personal ‘going out of business strategy’…


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