“I don’t hope for the best, I work for it.”
As humans we need direction in our lives. The technology provides a lot of tools these days to track our to do lists. Obviously some tools are more easier than others.
A new year’s resolution list is no different from a to do list. In both you can track progress and cross out the completed items. Once you complete an item, you have this feeling of accomplishment that makes you want more. You feel powerful and unbeatable, that’s what it takes to move forward.
You can use any app or tool but if you do not have the will to achieve them, nothing is going to do it for you. Also you need to involve your family, friends, spouse and even co-workers. The list below will include some the tools or app that I have used and some that I found in the internet with good reviews.
- Evernote-Is much more than a note taking app. This app provides “checklist” features, reminders to specific notes, sharing options, handwriting note taking, among others. I use it daily. Evernote can also be used as a work tool.
2. Gantt Chart-Is a customization tool either in word or spreadsheet software. What I like about this tool is that is very visual. When you access the file electronically you see the colors and lines, you can zoom in or out or you can share it as well. If you need constant reminders, printing the Gantt chart is a good idea. At this point you can make notes and it will be even more visual since it is printed.
3. Paper document-In this one you can create the list in the computer, customize it with quotes, pictures, backgrounds, funny fonts, etc. This option let you be more inventive in your list, which can even be more beneficial at the moment to carry out things. Print in a nice paper (rainbow, clouds, beach, forest..). You can even upgrade this idea into an actual book or scrap-book. This is how your own what you’re doing.
4. Family Support-You need your family to support you and your goals. Is somehow true that if we keep the goals to ourselves they can be achieved faster but it doesn’t hurt having an extra hand while working in some of them. There’s no need to tell to the entire family that you are into something. You can find who in the family can best support your goals but if your family have a special bond I don’t doubt that everybody is going to help.
5. Calendar-This is s a great way to put everything in one place. Having a calendar will help you oversaw long weekends, family gatherings, work activities and any other extracurricular activity that you’re involved. You can sync the calendar with the family, with work or just share specific activities with friends. The calendars are a common default app these days in the mobile devices. It would be nice to give it some purpose!
6. Mobile apps-Some of them are available in various platforms: 2Do, Any.do, Clear, Google Keep, Todoist, Things, Wunderlist, among many others. I haven’t personally used them but during my research I saw nice reviews and some of the downloads were between 5 millions, 10 millions or 100 millions. The precaution with this and all electronic software is to have a back up, real-time updates, access from different devices and to be password protected.
These are simple ways to get started in our plan for this year and the many others to come! The key to achieving our goals is to stay on track, true willingness, accept/ask for support, learn everyday and enjoy the way.
This article also can get you started thru the day: Make the Most of your Day.
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