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What tools are your using to stay motivated and connected?

These tools can be used on a a personal level or for your team, but curious what tools are out there that you and/or your team might be using to stay motivated and connected to one another?

Looking for more of the non-traditional saas solutions that offer a fun and social way to connect that helps keep everyone accountable towards personal (or business) goals.

I am working on my first solo entrepreneurial venture and wanted to see if there were any solutions on the market people were already using I could evaluate my new app against and learn from.

Thanks for your insights.

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tafftalk's avatar
20d

Hi @ashleynader we built a kind of digital office/workspace - trying to replicate as close as possible a real office vibe -

Check out this video: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/9XEHUtFaqhMCj4oUKvQxJC?

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@ashleynader (replying to @tafftalk )
18d

This is awesome. Did you build it in house, or is there a third party platform powering that experience for you and your team?

Curious what features it offers for keeping your team motivated and connected? (Outside of video/chat) Are there other ways to engage and cheer each other on? Perhaps some friendly competition?

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maguay's avatar
19d

With the caveat that I'm bad about actually using them and haven't made them as much a part of my routine lately as I should:

  • Apple Watch for fitness, it's silly but the little badges do convince me to put in the occasional extra workout ... and since running is my default workout, that in turn pushes me to get outside and away from screens. Ironic, but hey.
  • Streaks for habits. It's a tiny mobile app to add goals (say, read 1 chapter a day) and then tap a button to check it off, with a streak counter to show how long you've done it. That, combined with the Atomic Habits idea of bundling habits, led me to start doing mini workouts in the morning along with my standard morning routine. Another similar one is Forest, a mobile app that "rewards" you with a digital tree if you don't use your phone for X amount of time. And Habitica, that's an even more gamified approach to tasks (as on a lighter level is Todoist's Karma).
  • On the work side, I Done That was a great tool I used in the past to track progress and give me a way to look back and say, oh wow I did get a reasonable amount of stuff done. Changlogs for your life, basically.
  • RescueTime and then Qbserve and Screen Time all helped me see where my time was going, and remained a motivator not to open social apps whenever boredom hit.

GitHub's chart showing when you committed stuff is a similar motivator to keep moving, even if only a bit at a time.

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@ashleynader (replying to @maguay )
18d

This is super insightful, @maguay. Thanks for sharing.

Do any of these tools or services incorporate a social aspect that allows you to connect with others and leverage community accountability as a driver for motivation?

I've seen a lot of goal tracking apps, but all require the power of self will to stay on track and accomplish the goal. If you lose personal motivation, you're done for.

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@maguay (replying to @ashleynader )
18d

You know, I think Apple Watch may be the only one there that has a social aspect—where you can add a friend, compare and compete over workout goals, and get notified when they workout if you want (which, I suppose, peer pressures you into doing the same, ideally).

And then I Done This can push your finished stuff into a daily standup report of sorts which can be good, though in a less quantified way.

That's a great point, though, you do almost need accountability.

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@ashleynader (replying to @maguay )
18d

Thanks for you insight, @maguay. This is exactly the missing piece I am trying to solve for.

Working on a HealthKit integration now to leverage the data on Apple but not require users to own an Apple Watch in order to gamify it with friends. Hope to have this available in the next week or so.

If you have sometime to check out what I'm building, I would super appreciate the feedback: getfini.app // getfiniapp@gmail.com

have a great weekend!

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