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How many things are you going to finally take care of this summer? Me, I have at least 10 items on my would-be-nice-to-do list but only three on my will-definitely-do list. I'm confident I'm totally going to accomplish my definitlely-will-do list because, heck, I have TWO WHOLE MONTHS to do it!
But then I take a week off right after school is over to relax and clear my mind. Plus, I have that vacation coming up and a couple of day trips. And.....
You can see where this is going and perhaps you have been on this path of good intentions yourself. I earn frequent flyer miles on this particular path. I've been in education too long to fool myself into believing I can be really productive during the off season so this year I decided to get some help in the form of an accountability app.
Goal Setting Apps I'm Using Right NowOne goal I have for the summer is breaking my sugar habit. I've been struggling with that one for a while now! I'm actually using two apps to help me.
Go(explitive)DoIt; This is on the web, not a phone app. It really just sets up an agreement between me and a friend who has agreed to be my "supervisor." If I don't meet the goal I have identified, I have to pay $50. That gives me some accountability.
coach.me: I also need something to help me be mindful of my goal so I don't accidentally shovel cookies into my mouth, which happens with frightening regularity. For reminders and encouragment, I am using the free version of coach.me. I like it because I can customize the reminders to pop up during the dangerous hours like 9 pm. The app requires that I keep track of my progress toward my goal and I find just knowing that I get to record "no sugar today" pretty motivating. I also love the charts that show my amazing progress.
With some things, will power and good intentions are just not enough. Sometimes we just need a bit of extra support (That's a familiar phrase for educators, isn't it?) and that's normal. Thankfully, there's an app for that!