Video Blog: Get a Head Start on Your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

To be successful and to achieve your dreams, goal setting is an important step. It fuels your forward progress, and as you make progress it turbocharges your self esteem. In this post, we’ve included tips about how to get started, and a video showing how the LifeTopix app can help you plan, execute, and track your progress.

LifeTopix Can Help

Great news. Whether you’re planning to write a screenplay, lose 10 pounds, run a marathon, or find love in 2013, the LifeTopix calendar app includes everything you need to set goals, make plans, and track your progress. It’s simple. Just watch this short video to learn how.

 

Tips for Reaching Goals

I recommend the following steps to help you achieve your goals. I’ve tried these techniques over the years, and they’ve been very successful for me.

  1. Break up large goals into small goals. Breaking up large goals into smaller goals can help you achieve them. For example, if your goal is to write a novel in 2013, set small goals to reach it, such as “write 10 pages weekly.”
  2. Make a plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” It’s difficult to reach a goal if you don’t know the steps involved in reaching it. For example, if you wish to lose 10 pounds, you must plan your caloric intake and exercise in order to achieve this goal.
  3. Take action. If you fail to take action on the plan that you’ve built, you are unlikely to achieve your goals. Get motivated. Give yourself a pep talk. Do whatever it takes to get there.
  4. Track your progress. Take note of your progress or lack of it. This allows you to adjust your plan as necessary if it’s not working. It also motivates you to stick with the plan if you’re seeing results.

Keep in mind that it’s important to set realistic goals. For example, if your goal in 2013 is to become a multi-millionaire, you might be very disappointed at the year’s end.

17 replies
  1. Jeff says:

    This is fine for progress goals such as weight loss, but what about goals such as:

    Clean Garage
    Research what’s the best car to buy (want a new car)
    Find New Job with better income (Improve Income)
    Read Financial Newsletter each week (Become more Knowledgeble)
    Drink more water each day
    Read Something from my library each night
    Etc

    What I’m looking for is an actual Goal Module in Life Topix that lets me list ALL Goals in ONE area and then be able to also attach Visual images / Photos for motivation plus track progress and receive reminders
    Not just a to do reminder for each goal like shown above

    Jeff

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    • LightArrow says:

      Hi Jeff,
      We agree. We are planning on a separate topic like view called Goals, and just like projects etc, you can track data items in them, categorize them, etc. We also plan to add metrics to all topic objects, so that you can track specific metrics within a goal item.
      We hope to do this in the not too distant future.
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow

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      • Jeff says:

        And the ability to add Photos? Images to look at (Car, Dream House, etc.) is important with any Goal.
        The photos help visualize the goal and motivate you to achieve that goal.

        Jeff

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        • LightArrow says:

          Agreed, even though photos and drawings are allowed as data items in topic objects (like projects, trips etc), for goals it makes sense to “exemplify” the gaal with a specific photo or drawing.
          Team LightArrow

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  2. Rafael Merlin says:

    Hello, me again (doing lots of questions this last 2 days).

    I’m loving the app, using a lot here. Just watched this video and created a multi-log form here for my exercises.

    I’ve done this way, on the Multi-Log ‘Exercises’ I’ve added the following items:
    - ‘Pushups’ – Target: 3 – Weekly Total
    - ‘Pullups’ – Target: 3 – Weekly Total
    - ‘Abs’ – Target: 3 – Weekly Total
    - ‘Squat’ – Target: 3 – Weekly Total

    I’m doing a exercise program by day, doesn’t matter how many Pushups I’ll do each day, I have a sheet here to slowly increase them each exercise day. I want to control on LifeTopix the days that I’ve done my exercises (I do Push & Pull on even days and Abs & Squats on odd days) and not the amount of Pushups that I’ve done each day.

    My question is the following: If I open each Item (Pushups, Abs, etc..) I can see the goal line and my bar/plot where I’m at on each week, but, If I open the log form, i “can” see the legend of all my 4 exercices, but only one bar (one of the items only) and no goal line. I thought that if I put the same option on the ‘Show’ and on the ‘Target Value’ for all the items I would have the goal line and the bars/plot for all the items.

    Once again, thanks for the AMAZING app, I’ve never wanted so much to put all my goals/to-dos/appointments on something intended to help me to organize my life (and it’s already starting to work =-D )

    Reply
    • LifeTopix Support says:

      Hi Rafael,

      Thanks again for reaching out to us.

      We plan to add goal lines for each item, in a form, to the graphs (as an option) in a future update.

      For each item in your form you should see a bar in the bar graph. We have not been able to reproduce your issue.
      Would you mind sending us a screenshot of your graph with the legend visible so we can get a better idea of what might be going on?

      Thanks again for the kind words.

      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow

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  3. Chrissy Miller says:

    This is a great app. For me it is usable. I’m still learning but quickly enough. The problem, my husband can’t use this app because it doesn’t work with voice over on the apple 4S. Um he is completely blind, I’m looking for an organizer app that he can use, so far no luck. Is there a possibility you can fix this in the new year sometime

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    • LightArrow says:

      Hi Chrissy,
      We are investigating how to enable voice-over support for LifeTopix, and do plan to support it in a future update. We truly appreciate you reaching out to us.
      Team LightArrow

      Reply
  4. Giuseppe says:

    Hello! Liking LT so far, but still learning how to get stuff done with it ;)

    While setting up an event and trying to add an existing checklist, I’m not being given any of my checklists to choose from. Am I missing something?

    iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1

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    • LightArrow says:

      Hi Giuseppe,
      Thanks for the kind words and the question.
      We do support it, but currently the same existing checklist can only be associated with one event. Once it has been, it does not show up in the list to choose from when you try to add existing checklists from other events. From the All Checklists view, if you to go the checklist’s detail view, on the right sidebar, under Association, you should be able to see what item the checklist has already been associated with.
      Please let us know if sharing the same checklist between multiple events is something you are looking for. You can always make a copy of a checklist from its detail view by tapping on the action button on the bottom toolbar.
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow

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      • LightArrow says:

        Hi Giuseppe,
        Another thing. In order to add existing checklists, you have to do it from the Event detail view: at the bottom of the view, please tap on the [+] button and select “Choose Existing”, then select checklists, and then the one you want associated with the event. When you directly go to the checklists icon from the event detail, the button for selecting existing ones is missing. We are fixing that in 5.2 in early January.
        Best regards,
        Team LightArrow

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  5. Marilyn Rogers says:

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks so much for the feedback. We’re planning more how-do videos and tutorial videos in the future. Hopefully those will be useful for you. Would you mind sharing the device and browser you’re using so we can troubleshoot the problem you’re seeing with the video?

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  6. Julie says:

    Hi there,

    The video is a nice thought but not very usable. I don’t seem to be able to change the orientation and the screen is so small on my iPhone I cant read the words. Also, when using full screen, it cuts off a large portion of the edges of the screen. This makes the words go off the page.

    On another note. Do you have any videos showing “how” to do stuff vs “what” you can do?

    Lastly, I have been using this app for about a week. Although the learning curve is extremely steep, I am finally beginning to see the power and flexibility of this app. It really can organize your entire life. Once you figure out how to use it. Also, I have contacted support and their replies are lightening fast. Thanks for making such a fabulously great product with stellar support. It’s a nice and welcomed change.
    Keep up the great work,
    Julie

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