It’s that time of year again, time to review what worked (and what didn’t) in 2009, imagine new possibilities, dream, and set intentions for the coming year. I’ve been enjoying the process of setting some actionable goals for 2010, while identifying some larger aspirations that I’d like to translate into action.
To prepare my plan for 2010 I’ve been reading a bunch of books, magazines and online resources.
The challenge, of course, is how to make sure you follow through on the New Year’s resolutions, once past the early enthusiasm and first few weeks of good intentions…
At the advice of friends, I’ve decided to experiment with a new online service that helps people plan and track progress on their life’s goals.
I’ve subscribed to the online service called Mindbloom, to see if its playful technology-assisted approach can help keep me on track… The UI is fun and very easy to learn. Each of the leaves in the tree illustrated here represents a goal, a source of inspiration, and a set of planned actions with target follow-through dates. The founders believe that you can accomplish big goals by breaking them down into smaller actions, things you can accomplish on a day-by-day basis.
So far the service looks promising, although I’ve encountered a number of bugs. The service is very new, so it’s clear the software is still in the shake-down phase, the functionality stripped to the core essentials.
My cats like the sound track, a bird tweeting in the background, but after the first few encounters, I find it cloying and annoying. It’s now turned off.
There’s a conflict between a number of the service’s assumptions and my desires; at present there’s no way to make my personal preferences override Mindbloom’s defaults, so I’m not yet convinced I’ll stick with the service.
But for now, I’m hopeful that the Mindbloom approach will be more fruitful than endless cascades of to-do lists and Post-It notes, followed by forgetfulness, distractions and then regrets. I’ll give it a shot, and see if my track record for completed New Year’s resolutions in 2010 improves as a result.
It will be interesting to see if Mindbloom can function as a virtual “personal coach” to keep me on track, and gently prompt me to make good on my intentions. If so, 2010 will prove to be a way better year than 2009 has been. And that will be great for me, my family, my friends and my business.