By Amy Kattan It’s that time of year again: time to make New Year’s Resolutions! To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions… probably because I always have such a hard time keeping them. You know you’ve been there too: You make a list each December of all the things you want to accomplish in the upcoming year, hoping that by next December, you’ll be a more well-rounded and accomplished individual… but then next December comes along and you’ve barely even made a dent in your list.
That’s where 43 Things comes in to play. 43 Things is a site dedicated to helping its users achieve their goals. The site’s homepage features a sampling of some of its subscribers’ goals, ranging anywhere from “take a yoga class” to “get a job I enjoy.” Once you’ve registered for the site, adding your goals is simple: just search for it or add it to your "Life List."
Once you add a goal to your list, you have the option of writing an entry about your goal, telling other users about your progress and the challenges you face while trying to succeed.
When you click on a goal, you are directed to the goal’s page. This page displays other users that are working to accomplish the same objective. On this page, you are also able to see other users' entries, comment on them, and leave “cheers" to offer encouragement or congratulate users on their successes. Once you’ve completed a goal, you can mark it as completed and fill out another entry, describing how long it took you to achieve your goal, how it made you feel, how you did it, and any tips or advice that you have to help others succeed.
Since New Year’s is right around the corner, 43 Things has added a “Resolutions” section, where you can add the goals that you would like to achieve in the next year right from the homepage. After adding goals and resolutions to your profile, you are able to keep track of your progress.
Making resolutions is easy. Sticking to them is another story. I've been telling myself that I should learn how to play the guitar for years now. Obviously, repeatedly telling myself to get my act together hasn't been working. The most beneficial aspect of sites such as 43 Things is the socialization. Now, I can ensure that I will accomplish my goal by telling other users on the site, sharing my story, and receiving tips and suggestions from other users that have similar goals.
What are your resolutions for 2011? Would you ever use a site such as 43Things.com to help you keep your resolutions?