I’m not sure how common this is, but I’ve never had an easy time getting my New Year’s Resolutions accomplished. It starts off well-meaning enough, with a list scrawled in a notebook or a text document typed in a computer, but by the time March rolls around that list is gathering dust.
I ran across a lovely tool called Accompl.sh yesterday which looks to increase your chances of success by making your to-do list public and locking a list from editing: the latter feature is so that you don’t go back and remove goals that might be too hard.
I’ve worked with a number of to-do list apps before, but they mostly seem to be focused around short-term planning, like a trip to the grocery store. Accompl.sh is an ambitious system: it combines the public “shame” of not getting things done with the “get it done” mentality of not being able to edit your list. Instead of staring at a number of goals and pruning them until they’re out-of-sight, out-of-mind, you can buckle down, say “this isn’t disappearing until I get it done”, and well… get it done!