Ryerson Tech Tip: Finish those New Year’s Resolutions with Accompl.sh

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!

Accompl.sh is a free service, and I encourage you to check it out if you need that extra kick in the pants this New Year. If you want, you can find my lists here.