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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 Comments


  1. Jeff
    Mar 26, 2013

    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


    • LightArrow
      Mar 27, 2013

      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


      • Jeff
        Mar 27, 2013

        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


        • LightArrow
          Mar 27, 2013

          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


  2. Rafael Merlin
    Mar 05, 2013

    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 )


    • LifeTopix Support
      Mar 06, 2013

      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


      • Rafael Merlin
        Mar 06, 2013

        I won’t mind send­ing the screen. How should I do it? It upload it to a drop­box account and put the link here?

        Thanks a lot.


        • LifeTopix Support
          Mar 06, 2013

          Hi Rafael,

          To get a screen­shot on the device, press the device home but­ton and power but­ton down at the same time. This will save a screen­shot to your cam­era roll. From there you can email the photo to us at support@lightarrow.com

          Best regards,
          Team LightArrow


  3. Chrissy Miller
    Jan 01, 2013

    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


    • LightArrow
      Jan 01, 2013

      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


  4. Giuseppe
    Dec 27, 2012

    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


    • LightArrow
      Dec 27, 2012

      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


      • LightArrow
        Dec 27, 2012

        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


  5. Slongzy
    Dec 25, 2012

    It would be great to have your app on Android. Hope you are con­sid­er­ing it in 2013


  6. Marilyn Rogers
    Dec 17, 2012

    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?


  7. Julie
    Dec 17, 2012

    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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