App Review: Habit List

After last year’s success, I am firmly committed to the philosophy of setting goals instead of resolutions. A lot of people believe that goals are more successful than resolutions; a quick Google search reveals that I am not revolutionary at all in writing about this or using this philosophy.

My success towards achieving my yearly goals usually depends on my ability to keep track of my progress. Sometimes I cross things off on a piece of paper, but recently I have found certain apps help me keep track of my progress. I use MyFitnessPal for my eating habits, dailymile for tracking mileage, and Evernote for all sorts of random things.

This post is going to be about one of my favorite apps for tracking my daily and weekly goals: Habit List

I love Habit List because of the simple design and ability to send me reminders for certain things. I currently have 3 goals set up on Habit List:

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The green items are daily goals and the grey is weekly. I use it to remind me every night to take my asthma and iron medicine (if you’re wondering what that is). It adds up for consecutive days in a row (so in the post above I have gone 10 consecutive days taking medicine!)

My workout goal is set to 4 times a week, so every day I workout I check the goal and after I check it off 4 days in one week it goes away from my screen until the week starts over. I like this feature because it is holding me accountable to working out my minimum of four days a week. The image below is what my Habit List looks like when I have already worked out four times in one week.

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Also, Habit List provides weekly and monthly stats to check your completion rate:

Habit list percentages

Last year when I stopped using Habit List I stopped taking my daily iron supplements. I learned it is important for me to use this to hold myself accountable. Have you ever used Habit List (or a similar app)? I hope you will give it a try! Do you have other suggestions for apps I should try? Let me know!

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Goals for 2014

Blogging is an outlet to share my thoughts (on higher education or a random topic) but throughout the past year I also discovered that this blog holds me accountable towards my goals.

picture of UGA, 2014 GoalsLast year I set goals and this year I decided to continue the tradition. I am focusing on three categories in 2014: health & fitness, personal, and professional. Since I graduate in May, this is a pretty major year for professional goals.

If you are interested, below are my goals for 2014. I have not picked the half marathons yet so if you have any ideas let me know! I am thinking about doing a RnR one (maybe in Nashville). I think running 900 miles is a stretch goal but I am going to try for it!

I am starting the book challenge with The Happiness Project, recommended by friends Chelsea and Veronica. Also, to help with my reading goal I joined the Goodreads community. Add me if you have a Goodreads account! Although it is hard not to be anxious about the job search, I am excited and ready to find (and start) my first professional job in 2014. Lastly, my first CAMPUSPEAK workshop is scheduled for March and I could not be more excited to pilot the new workshop! Cheers to 2014!

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Health/Fitness

  • Run 900 miles in 2014
  • Finish 2 half marathons
  • Workout 4x a week, including going to the gym once a week

Personal

  • Blog once a week!
  • Write 5 handwritten notes a month
  • Read 12 books (Not quite #52in52, but a good start)

Professional

  • Find a job for post-graduation in May 2014 (Pretty big goal!!)
  • Finish training and start facilitating CAMPUSPEAK workshops

2013 Goal Recap

Last December I set goals, not resolutions, for the year 2013. My goals fell in two categories: Health/Fitness and Personal. I am excited to turn annual goal-setting into a tradition. Setting goals helped me make small (and big) positive changes in my life. So on the last day of 2013 I am taking a look back on the past year. How did I do?

Health/Fitness:
I started running in the fall of 2012 when I moved to Georgia for graduate school. I set a goal to continue running and log 250 total miles in 2013. Guess what? I overachieved on the running goal and ran 830 miles in 2013! I’m amazed at the amount of running I did, with September (the month before my half marathon) being my highest month, a total of 98 miles! I also set goals to run a 10K and a half marathon. I met both of those goals and even finished with a sub-2 time on my first half! These accomplishments will be tough to beat in 2014.

race collage

830 miles – 1 half marathon – 3 10ks – 1 8k – 4 5ks

Personal:
My personal goals did not get as much attention as my health and fitness goals. I saved $500 in 2013, but I wanted to save $100 a month. Saving $100 a month would have meant collecting a savings of $1200 dollars. I also withdrew money from savings to pay for my fall graduate school fees. Savings is overall something that I can improve on in future years.

I did not keep a professional journal as planned, but I went to 2 concerts and stayed in touch with friends. It has been difficult to stay in touch with friends from a distance, especially with everyone getting settled in jobs and graduate school, but I made intentional efforts to text, call, tweet, and visit my friends more often in 2013!

5 pictures of me and friends

middle right photo by Carrie Richardson Fry

My last personal goal was to blog regularly (once a week). I posted 54 blog posts (including this one) in 2013. Although they were not as evenly spread out as I hoped, especially during my summer NODA internship, I am excited to continue the posting momentum started during the first year of this blog.

Thanks for reading my 2013 recap! What were your goals for the past year? Share your accomplishments below. Let’s celebrate 2013 together…

Happy New Year!

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Three Goals for Runners

My first half marathon (the Athens Half) is one week away! For the past 11 weeks I have followed a training plan adapted from Hal Higdon. I recommend his training plans if you are looking to get into running or step your training up a notch. Those plans are great, plus I also just love following plans in general. (It’s the J in my Myers-Briggs…)

Athens Road Runners at Sanford Stadium

12 m group run with ARR!

As the half is coming up I have been thinking about my goals. It really helps me to set goals for projects, running, and life. To work on setting goals for my first half-marathon I talked to my dad and learned “DT’s three goals for beginner/new runners”:

1) Finish – The first goal is to finish the race. The philosophy is that as a beginner running a race distance for the first time, the goal of finishing is an amazing accomplish in itself.

2) Realistic goal – The second goal is a goal that you are pretty confident you can meet. It is a goal that feels comfortable given how your training is going. This is good for those (AKA: me) who like to feel confident about their ability to meet a goal.

3) Stretch goal – The stretch goal is one that would be a challenge to meet. It is a goal that can be met if you run your best, but does require a lot of factors coming together.

Using DT’s guidelines for goal-planning, here are my goals for the 2013 Athens Half:

1) Finish the race
2) Sub 2:10 half-marathon
3) Sub-2 hour half-marathon

What is your running goal philosophy? Do you have any current running or fitness goals? I am excited to run my first half marathon in one week!