Who Are You Dreaming With?

It’s Monday and I’m doing my weekly strategic planning. This starts with me writing down 10 goals that, if accomplished in the next 12 months, would be beyond amazing. But there’s been something missing lately from my goal setting.

Since most of my goals are for the benefit of the people I love and care about, I like to share that goal with them in the form of a promise. For example, I’m not just trying to pay off all of my debt for the fun of it. I’m paying off debt so I can do a better job of saving for my child’s education.

So to make this goal more real and to help me hold myself accountable, I’m making a promise to my son that I will be debt-free within 12 months. I’m also telling him the specific steps I’ll be taking, and why this is important to me.

It can be tough to share your goals with people because of the fear of failure. But I find that when I share my goals with the people who matter, they tend to support and encourage me along the way. That support and accountability helps carry me through when the going gets tough.

So this is my challenge to you: write a note to the person most involved in your goal explaining why you want to achieve the goal and what you’re going to do to succeed. While you’re at it, why not tell them the things they can do to help keep you on track? You’ll soon see that your goals are much easier to achieve when you have the people you love cheering you on.

Use IFTTT to Save Your Back

This morning I was feeling good about myself for getting to work early and being ready to tackle the day. Then I realized that I forgot my computer at home. When I stopped to tell a coworker that I was heading back to get it, she told me that she just leaves her computer at work.

Instantly I realized that I carry my computer to and from work every day for no good reason. Its probably why my back hurts.

But what about weekends? Or when we might get snowed in? What do I do about the times when I might need my laptop at home?

I know my brain well enough to know that tomorrow’s weather is the farthest thing from my mind at quitting time. If only there was a way to have the Internet tell me whether to take home my computer. And just like that, here comes IFTTT to save the day!



Using IFTTT I’ve set a couple of recipes to remind me when I should take my laptop home from work. I used the Date & Time trigger to text my phone every Friday afternoon with a reminder, and the weather channel to text me when there might be snow the next day.

One less thing I have to squeeze into this crowded brain of mine. What about you? Got any IFTTT tips you can recommend?

Time to Charge the Fuel Band

My Nike Fuel Band telling me to charge the battery after 21 days on a single charge.I got my Nike+ Fuel Band for Christmas and charged it that day. Today is the first time I have had to recharge it. There is a lot to love about this thing, but a battery that lasts 21 days has to be in the top 3.

Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push Challenge – Day 1

Chalene Johnson talks a lot about priorities in day one of of the 30 Day Push Challenge. Priorities aren’t something I normally think much about as part of my existing productivity system, of which I am rather proud. To determine priorities, I somewhat arbitrarily assign projects a score of 1-3 for importance and urgency. While this helps me identify and fight against the tyranny of the urgent, it doesn’t seem like a very strategic approach to setting priorities. I’m hoping Chalene’s approach is more goal-oriented.
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