New Year’s resolutions aren’t about doing things once (otherwise, they’d be known as “New Year’s tasks”), they’re about big goals and lifestyle changes. And while some tech products are filled with bells and whistles to help you track your progress while you chase your dreams, sometimes a simple list is all you need. Accompl.sh is a Web service that helps push you toward your goals. In order to begin checking things off, you need to “lock” a list of at least 10 items. Why? Commitment — with unlocked lists, users can remove more difficult goals, but Accompl.sh wants to encourage you to keep at it. By the time next December rolls along, you want to have at least made progress rather than have given up completely. And if social pressure is a good motivator, you can share your progress on Facebook. Furthermore, individual users can engage the entire accompl.sh community by posting a challenge, such as a year of Meatless Mondays, that others can partake in. The basic account is free, but users have the option to purchase credits for additional features.
If you’re like me, you’re celebrating the birth of 2012 in stylish champagne-induced laziness. Resolutions? We’ll start ‘em tomorrow. Maybe. Behold the problem. Resolutions are difficult to keep (and for me, difficult to define in the first place) because you are your own boss. If only there were some kind of service… Behold the solution. Accompl.sh is a social Web service that helps you track and achieve the goals you set for yourself, additionally providing you with a community to cheer you on as you progress.
Accompl.sh, a tool created by former Etsy product manager Jenn Vargas, aims to help people achieve these very types of goals. The interface is inviting and feature-rich; once you create a list with at least ten goals, you “lock it in” for the year, giving yourself 365 days to tackle them. Along the way, you can mark which list items you’re working on and which you’ve completed, moving the undeniably satisfying progress bar closer to 100%. If you need inspiration or support, you can explore others’ goals or join a group challenge, like “read three books by the end of the year.”