How can I automate my new year's resolutions?
December 29, 2013 9:34 AM Subscribe
I have a number of goals, not quite new year's resolutions exactly, but the new year is getting me going on implementing them. They include reading more, running more, staying on top of current events, continuing to study French, listening to more new-to-me music, things like that. None of these are measurable or "SMART" goals, and that's the way I want it--I want this stuff to become a habit, not a chore. How can I automate these goals so that they are more likely to just happen?
posted by payoto to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (15 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really looking for little lifehacks that make my goals more accessible, and make it more likely that I just do them. For example, I look at my Android phone a thousand times a day, so one idea would be to use a news widget to put headlines on my homescreen, or set my browser's home page to Le Monde. Another way to achieve my goals may be by subtraction--for example, temporarily deleting music that's familiar to me so that if I want to listen to music, it's going to have to be something new.
What are your best techniques, tools, tips, apps, etc. for hacking your environment to steer you in the direction you want to go? It could be as simple and low-tech as putting running shoes on first thing in the morning so that you naturally become more active throughout the day, or as specific as installing LeechBlock to save you from yourself.