I shared about GoodReads yesterday.
Another book related app I enjoy is Bookout.
I think it does make reading better, see what you think.
- Reading as a daily workout
- Track it in real time
- Track your books
- Reading statistics
- Pages read
- Reading speed
- Most minutes
- Total read time
- Most pages
- Share with friends
I’be been using GoodReads for over 5 years now, and it’s nice tool.
It keeps track of your books with a feature named My Books.
Plus it integrates with Amazon, so any books you buy there are available inside GoodReads. And it integrates into many popular social networks so you can find out what your friends are reading and share with them what you are reading.
You can set reading goals, and see the most popular books overall or across your friends.
Here are the habits I am working on building in my life:
- Financial: Sale 5 things a week on either eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist
- Financial: Review expenses daily with EveryDollar, 5 days a week
- Financial: Donate at least 5 items to Goodwill weekly
- Health: Walk 10,000 steps a day, 5 days a week
- Health: Log meals on Lose It!
- Health: Exercise 5 hours a week
- Health: Track weight daily on Lose It!
- Health: Floss daily
- Health: Take vitamins daily
- Health: Take wal-itin daily
- Health: Wear Fitbit daily
- Intellectual: Write in personal journal daily, 5 days a week
- Intellectual: Write a blog post daily, 5 days a week
- Spiritual: Pray daily
- Spiritual: Read the Bible daily
- Spiritual: Tithe on every paycheck
Today I wanted to take a first pass look at spiritual growth with some S.M.A.R.T. goals.
What this research suggests is that 21 days to form a habit is probably right, as long as all you want to do is drink a glass of water after breakfast. Anything harder is likely to take longer to become a really strong habit, and, in the case of some activities, much longer.
Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick
Another feature I love in Toodledo is it’s Habit building feature.
This is based upon a motivation technique purportedly used by Jerry Seinfeld.
Read about it here.
The Short Version:
- Pick a goal.
- Mark off the days on which you work toward that goal.
- Use your chain of marked off days as a motivator.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Today I wanted to take a first pass look at intellectual growth with some S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- I will blog at least 5 days a week.
- I will read at least 5 days a week.
- I will read the Bible at least 5 days a week.
- I will read a book at least 15 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week.
- I will read, learn, and grow from reading a blog post for at least 5 days a week.
- I will keep and update a personal journal 5 days a week.
- I will read The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris by January 31st, 2018.
- I will read The Treasure of Christmas by December 31st, 2017.
- I will read 30 Days to Genesis by January 31st, 2018.
Another one of my favorite productivity tools is Toodledo.
Works on web and mobile. Super feature rich. Very affordable.
What else can I do with Toodledo?
Alarms / Reminders
Logging / Alerts
Import / Export / Back Up
Filter / Sort
Third Party Apps
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