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    Mặc định Six web apps to help you keep your New Year's Resolution

    Ok goal-setters, we're three days into 2007 - is your New Year's resolve flagging? Lots of you set out to lose weight, save money, quit smoking, get organized, write more and spend less time on the internet this year. But if January 3rd is seeing you fall back into 2006-style bad habits, take heart: sometimes you just need a little help from your webapp friends.

    Today there are more consumer-oriented web applications than ever before built to help you achieve your personal goals. (Well, except that one about spending less time on the internet.) Follow me for a rundown of the best online tools for making, tracking and sticking to new resolutions - in January or any other month of the year.


    Fit Day
    (lose weight)

    The free FitDay food diary and exercise log tracks everything you eat in a day and its calorie, carb and fat information (much of which is already available in its database). Set up custom foods you eat often with their nutritional information for quick entry, manage weight loss and fitness goals and run helpful reports on your progress. FitDay isn't the most "Web 2.0"-looking application, but it's a big help for anyone looking for a free online diet tracker. (Weight Watchers charges 10 bucks a month for what FitDay offers.) Lifehacker reader Leisureguy says he's having great success with it. The FitDay.com webapp is free to use, but they also offer PC desktop software for $20.


    Wesabe (organize your finances and save money)

    The newest kid on the block, Wesabe downloads, tracks and tags your bank account transactions, offers customized, user-generated tips for how you can save money on specific purchases and lets you track long-term financial goals. The community aspect and tagging features alone blow the bloated Quicken and Microsoft Money out of the water, though Wesabe isn't as featureful as those desktop apps and some users might balk at handing over their financial information to the site.

    To get a sense of how Wesabe works, check out this short tour of the site. (Note: I didn't produce this video myself, the Wesabe folks did, so it's not a critical review, it's simply a demonstration of what can be done with the site.)


    Joe's Goals (daily goal tracking)

    You've decided to quit smoking, post to your blog, bring lunch to work or regulate your sleeping patterns every day. Track your progress with Joe's Goals, a Ben Franklin-esque daily points counter. Did you spend the whole day without biting your nails once? Give yourself a point in Joe's Goals. If not, subtract a point. Great for gamers who want to set up a little personal competition for self-improvement.


    Backpack (get organized)

    If getting your shi*t together is high on your resolution list and you live online, Backpack - a free-form notes, to-do and calendar webapp - is the place to do it. Backpack is slick and useful for organizing your 4th of July barbecue or stowing away research for your next car purchase. Backpack plans range from free to $14 a month. If you're only interested in managing your todo an other lists online, consider Backpack's younger sibling service, Ta-da Lists.


    NaNoWriMo/ National Novel Writing Month (write that novel)

    You got a book in you, but starting is the hardest part of getting it written? Clear your calendar from November 1st to November 30th, where thousands of brave souls gather online to pump out 50,000 words of their book in 30 days. I did NaNo myself back in 2003, and it was a huge sense of accomplishment, doing something I'd only talked about in a structured, communal dash. It's only January, so you've got plenty of time to think up your plot and get ready to write in November.


    Coolrunning (run that marathon)

    I'm no runner - in fact, I'm more of the sendentary, asthmatic geek type - but Coolrunning's Couch to 5K training program got me jogging farther and longer than I ever did. If you're interested in doing a 5k or a marathon, you can track your progress and log your miles in a running journal with Coolrunning, as well as access their training plans and community forums.

    In fact, our very own Adam documented his journey to the Chicago marathon last year from his decision to go, challenges staying motivated, and then the payoff of the final race.


    Finally, if New Year's resolutions aren't your thing (and they're not for 22% of you), you can still be a goal voyeur over at 43 Things, a community goal-setting and sharing site. Watch out, though - you might leave 43 Things with several more items on your resolutions list than when you arrived.

    How are you using the newest crop of goal and personal organization oriented webapps to achieve your goals in '07? Let us know in the comments.

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    Quote Nguyên văn bởi Who
    Ok goal-setters, we're three days into 2007 - is your New Year's resolve flagging? Lots of you set out to lose weight, save money, quit smoking, get organized, write more and spend less time on the internet this year. But if January 3rd is seeing you fall back into 2006-style bad habits, take heart: sometimes you just need a little help from your webapp friends.

    Today there are more consumer-oriented web applications than ever before built to help you achieve your personal goals. (Well, except that one about spending less time on the internet.) Follow me for a rundown of the best online tools for making, tracking and sticking to new resolutions - in January or any other month of the year.


    Fit Day
    (lose weight)

    The free FitDay food diary and exercise log tracks everything you eat in a day and its calorie, carb and fat information (much of which is already available in its database). Set up custom foods you eat often with their nutritional information for quick entry, manage weight loss and fitness goals and run helpful reports on your progress. FitDay isn't the most "Web 2.0"-looking application, but it's a big help for anyone looking for a free online diet tracker. (Weight Watchers charges 10 bucks a month for what FitDay offers.) Lifehacker reader Leisureguy says he's having great success with it. The FitDay.com webapp is free to use, but they also offer PC desktop software for $20.


    Wesabe (organize your finances and save money)

    The newest kid on the block, Wesabe downloads, tracks and tags your bank account transactions, offers customized, user-generated tips for how you can save money on specific purchases and lets you track long-term financial goals. The community aspect and tagging features alone blow the bloated Quicken and Microsoft Money out of the water, though Wesabe isn't as featureful as those desktop apps and some users might balk at handing over their financial information to the site.

    To get a sense of how Wesabe works, check out this short tour of the site. (Note: I didn't produce this video myself, the Wesabe folks did, so it's not a critical review, it's simply a demonstration of what can be done with the site.)


    Joe's Goals (daily goal tracking)

    You've decided to quit smoking, post to your blog, bring lunch to work or regulate your sleeping patterns every day. Track your progress with Joe's Goals, a Ben Franklin-esque daily points counter. Did you spend the whole day without biting your nails once? Give yourself a point in Joe's Goals. If not, subtract a point. Great for gamers who want to set up a little personal competition for self-improvement.


    Backpack (get organized)

    If getting your shi*t together is high on your resolution list and you live online, Backpack - a free-form notes, to-do and calendar webapp - is the place to do it. Backpack is slick and useful for organizing your 4th of July barbecue or stowing away research for your next car purchase. Backpack plans range from free to $14 a month. If you're only interested in managing your todo an other lists online, consider Backpack's younger sibling service, Ta-da Lists.


    NaNoWriMo/ National Novel Writing Month (write that novel)

    You got a book in you, but starting is the hardest part of getting it written? Clear your calendar from November 1st to November 30th, where thousands of brave souls gather online to pump out 50,000 words of their book in 30 days. I did NaNo myself back in 2003, and it was a huge sense of accomplishment, doing something I'd only talked about in a structured, communal dash. It's only January, so you've got plenty of time to think up your plot and get ready to write in November.


    Coolrunning (run that marathon)

    I'm no runner - in fact, I'm more of the sendentary, asthmatic geek type - but Coolrunning's Couch to 5K training program got me jogging farther and longer than I ever did. If you're interested in doing a 5k or a marathon, you can track your progress and log your miles in a running journal with Coolrunning, as well as access their training plans and community forums.

    In fact, our very own Adam documented his journey to the Chicago marathon last year from his decision to go, challenges staying motivated, and then the payoff of the final race.


    Finally, if New Year's resolutions aren't your thing (and they're not for 22% of you), you can still be a goal voyeur over at 43 Things, a community goal-setting and sharing site. Watch out, though - you might leave 43 Things with several more items on your resolutions list than when you arrived.

    How are you using the newest crop of goal and personal organization oriented webapps to achieve your goals in '07? Let us know in the comments.
    I don't want to pay money for Backpack! What're the functions of free Backpack?

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    I don't want to pay money for Backpack! What're the functions of free Backpack?
    Actually I do not like these sites I highly recommend 43things to share your goal with others and get motivation from whom has the same goal. It's very popular :p

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