The first quarter of the year has been and gone, and if you’re anything like me, all those good intentions that you may have had at the beginning of the year have somehow sadly got washed away in the floods or burnt up in the bushfires.
However, this year it’s been different for me. I found a great new app that is helping me keep on track, and I’d like to share it with you.
It is called ‘Lift’ and it’s a free app available for iPhones and IPads. An android version is due out soon.
Lift is a simple way to achieve any goal, track your progress, and get the support of your friends.
First you select a good habit that you want to establish. You can write your own, or you can choose from hundreds of suggestions in the app itself.
And then off you go – it’s as simple as that.
Each day you ‘check-in’ on how you are going and the Lift keeps track of your check-ins with neat little graphs if that sort of thing appeals. Even if you don’t do your new activity that day, it’s still important to check-in as you get recognition for the number of days you check-in in a row. Checking-in means that what you are working on is kept front of mind. You can also get Lift to message you at a time of day that you choose to remind you about your new behaviour.
When Checking-in you just tick the box, and if you want you can add comments on how it is for you that day around this new behaviour. These comments can be shared with friends and a coach, and also with the wider ‘Lift’ community as a whole.
To begin with I thought who’s really going to be that interested in me keeping my coffee consumption down to one cup a day? But it’s surprised me how many people ‘propped’ me (supported me), especially as my continuous check-ins rose up, and also how many people started offering words of encouragement and acknowledgement of milestones achieved.
These unexpected waves of support lifted my resolve and made it much easier to keep to the regime I had set myself and to check-in each day. And no one poo-poohs you if you bravely admit to having more than one cup yesterday – everyone’s struggling to master their own particular goals and know how difficult it is to get it right all the time… So instead of calling you a loser, they provide words of caring compassion and encouragement.
As a result, I now spend a minute or so each day going through other people’s postings, offering support and sending encouraging messages to those struggling to do better.
I’ve now got 5 things I’m working on and you can add new ones or change them whenever you want. It’s great – nearly as good as having your own personal coach, and so much cheaper! Definitely worth checking it out if there is something you want to really get on top of.
So how tidy is your desk? When did you last exercise regularly? Time to get on top of your emails? Or get working on that that project that you started last year and which is now stalled?
StJohn Miall is the co-founder of Keep Evolving, an organisation the facilitates Leadership and Personal Development Programs that has it’s focus on the development of Wisdom, authentic Power and Compassion. His focus is on the design and delivery of programs to both the corporate sector and the general public with particular focus on deeper, developmental work, supporting the ongoing building of emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, coaching, leadership and personal development.
StJohn is an expert guide in the gentle practice of Meditation and its use by those wishing to explore their own inner landscape.
With over 25 years of training experience, StJohn has a wealth of experience to call on both in the design and delivery of transformational programs. He is known for his easy style and ability to make the complex simple and easy to grasp.
Along with his wife Alexia, he facilitates ’Meditate for Life’ and eight week program run in Sydney to learn all about meditation and how to establish a regular meditation practice. StJohn and Alexia also Facilitate the ‘Take a Stand for Life’residential program held at Bundanoon which is specifically for people looking to further develop their skills for a meaningful and fulfilling life.