On New Year’s Day, my strongest resolution is often to avoid champagne for the next few years. Why do we start with fresh goals on a day when most of us can barely manage to raise our voices above a whisper?
Making New Year’s resolutions is fun, but staying committed can be anything but. These are a few sites and apps that will help keep you on track to success, at least until you reestablish your taste for champagne.
1. 43Things is a site that lets you track goals and resolutions, a maximum of 43, and see what others are up to as well. Each goal has its own page where you can compare your progress to others who are trying to accomplish the same thing and read tips from those who’ve had success before you.
2. Habitforge is an excellent resource for goals that revolve around habit formation. If you want to do something consistently — run every day, take vitamins, floss — Habitforge sends you a daily email to remind you of your personal motivation, counts down days before you reach your goal, and shows you your track record.
3. Teuxdeux is a simple to do list in calendar format. It lets you cross off completed items and carries over unfinished tasks. It even offers a section to let you record goals for “someday.” Use it to outline the specific steps you’ll take toward each goal, and to set deadlines for yourself.
4. 42 Goals offers lots of options for customizing how you track your objectives. Use their icons, tracking boards, and templates to create a personalized check-in and analysis system.
5. Rescuetime helps you make more time for what’s important to you by tracking how much time you waste on the stuff that’s not. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.