Tips For Setting Effective Reminders for Your Goals

With jobs, family, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s easy for our personal goals to get lost in the sea of responsibilities and distractions. Setting reminders (whether electronic or paper) is a great way to keep yourself accountable to your goals. Below are few tips to make your reminders even more effective tools for helping you achieve your goals.

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Introducing WeAchieve Reminders

You’ve asked for it, and we’ve made it. The latest update to the WeAchieve app comes with a new smart reminders system designed to help keep you on track while avoiding spamming you with irrelevant notifications. Here’s how it works:

Add Reminders for Anything

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We have added a new “Reminders” tab on the app to manage all your reminders. To Create a reminder, simply tap “+” on the upper right or the box at the bottom of the tab.

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To create a reminder, simple write a short message to yourself and specify how often you wanted to be reminded. You have the option to do daily, choose days of the week, or do one-time reminders.

Under advanced options, you can link this reminder to your tactics, which is where it gets really powerful.

Linking Reminders to Tactics

By linking your reminders to tactics, the reminder will only show up if you haven’t logged any data for the tactic that day.

For example, if your tactic is “Exercise 3 hours a week”, you can set reminders to remind yourself to go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:25pm.

If you haven’t logged any exercise on Monday, the notification will show up at 6:25pm on Monday. However, if you had already gone to the gym and logged the data in WeAchieve, then we won’t send you the reminder.

WeAchieve is an accountability platform helping people set goals and stay accountable in the Age of Distraction. Feel free to try our (free) iOS app or our web platform, and check out our blog for more tips and wisdom on how to achieve more.

Introducing WeAchieve Tactics

In WeAchieve, every goal has a plan comprised of tactics. Tactics are those routines, habits, and tasks that you need to do day in and day out in order to achieve your goal.

For example, you have a might a goal to develop healthy habits, which case your tactics could be:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water every day
  • Wake up before 7:30 AM every day
  • Meditate for 20 minutes every day
  • Walk 10K steps every day
  • Run 20 miles every week
  • etc…

As you can see, tactics in WeAchieve can be a combination of simple check-list like habits to more data-driven action that require you to log data over time. So in order to capture the advantages of both worlds, we decided to include both Simple Tactics and Advanced Tactics in WeAchieve.

Simple Tactics

Simple Tactics are those things that you just want to check yes/no when you complete them every day. They tend to be pretty simple habits like “Drink 8 glasses of water every day” or “Brush your teeth twice a day”. You don’t need to log every single glass of water you consume, but just need to save whether or not you drank the full 8 glasses every day.

To create a simple tactic in WeAchieve, select “Add a tactic” from the lower right menu:

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Select Simple Tactic:

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Write down your tactic and tell us a few details about how often you want to achieve it and tap create to complete the process.

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To log your daily progress, just tap on the tactic to get the expanded view, and then tap any day of the week to log yes/no/skip for that day.

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And to view how you are doing over time, just tap “Details”. We have several charts and a calendar to help you better understand how you’ve been doing:

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Advanced Tactics

Advanced tactics are those that require a bit more data than simple tactics. They can’t be achieved by simple yes/no answers, but require compiling data over time. Examples include “Walk 10K steps a day”, “Run 20 miles a week”, “Eat fewer than 2500 calories a day”, etc.

As a result, you will have to log more information for advanced tactics. Thankfully, we do integrate with both Apple Health and Strava (with more integrations on the way), so this data can be automatically synced with WeAchieve, saving you time and effort.

To create an Advanced Tactic, select “Add a tactic” from the lower right menu:

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Select Advanced Tactic:

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Pick the activity that you want do for this tactic.

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Pick the metric (or measurement) that you want to use to track progress. Then pick the aggregation. Usually, you want to use sum (which adds up progress over time), but occasionally you may want to use another aggregation such as average or most recent for something like weight (where you shouldn’t be adding up all your measurements over time).

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Pick how often you want to do this tactic and when you want to start. Then tap create.

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To log data for the tactic, tap on the tactic to bring up the detailed view. Then tap on “Log”:

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You can view your progress by tapping on “Details”, bringing up a chart and facts & figures on how you’re doing:

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If you have any additional questions on how or why we created tactics this way, feel free to reach out to WeAchieve at feedback@weachieve.io.

WeAchieve is an accountability platform helping people set goals and stay accountable in the Age of Distraction. Feel free to try our (free) iOS app or our web platform, and check out our blog for more tips and wisdom on how to achieve more.

How to Use Peer Pressure to Achieve Your Goals

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”  – Bruce Lee

In today’s society, peer pressure often gets a bad rap. It’s usually associated with why we make poor decisions: everything from alcohol abuse to excessive spending can be caused by peer pressure. We are taught from a young age to resist peer pressure; that we should be ourselves and not bow down to pressure from others.

Unfortunately, it’s a battle that most of us will never win. Humans are social creatures by nature, and peer pressure will always play an important role in how we interact with each other. However, the good news is that there is more and more research out there showing the positive effects of peer pressure. Because peer pressure is such a big influence, we can use its influence to promote healthier and better behaviors, such as achieving our goals. Below are a few techniques using peer pressure that you can use to help you achieve your goals.

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Tutorial: How to Create a Simple Weight Loss Goal in WeAchieve

This is part of our WeAchieve Tutorial series teaching you everything you need to know to fully leverage WeAchieve’s capabilities. 

In tutorial , we will learn how to:

– Create a goal called “Lose Weight This Year”
– Create 1 Tactic: Exercise 3 Hours a Week
– Create a Milestone: Reach 160 lbs (assuming we start at 170 lbs)

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