Your 2014 choice: Function or Form?

January 2nd, 2014 by Shane Maloney in Life, Motivation, Philosophy | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

The new year is upon us and with it comes the usual indulgence of introspection (something I thoroughly encourage) and planning for a better year than perhaps the one that just preceded it.  Whilst I am on the record for my harsh assessment of New Year’s Resolutions, it is difficult to avoid slipping into that mindset. So rather than passing it off as something entirely negative, we should in fact look for what we can draw positively from it. In this regard I offer two things: 1) embracing goals and 2) a focus for helping you stay the path in achieving those same goals.

There is enough on the Internet (and our website/blog) to satisfy the first point, so my intention in this post is to offer something addressing the second point: something for you to perhaps ponder as you go about your activities each day to remind you of why you are doing what you are doing. Just as a coach at half time in an intense contest needs to deliver a clear and simple message, so too would I like to humbly offer you something distilled into a small phrase that eliminates and separates from the clutter that constitutes the information that flows in and out of our lives each day. That simple phrase is: “Function or form?”

At the risk of becoming somewhat a reductionist that is re-purposing the classical architectural concept of the blend of form and function to make beautiful buildings, I do think it is very worthwhile to see how this concept applies to our every day lives. We make hundreds if not thousands of decisions every day, many of which aren’t even entirely conscious ones. However, for those that are and for those that matter to our long term wellbeing we should ask ourselves:

“Am I doing this to better serve my true interests, goals, values and welfare?” (Function)

or

“Am I doing this to look good?” (Form).

At first glance it almost seems as if the two alternatives don’t fairly represent either end of the spectrum, so perhaps it could help if I were to add some variations to the latter (Form):

Am I doing this to:

  • appear more than what I am?
  • impress others?
  • avoid being embarrassed?
  • rule out any chance of failure?
  • keep up with the Jones’
  • further myself at the expense of someone else?
  • take more than I give?
  • fit in with the crowd?
  • satisfy my ego?
  • cover up my lack of substance?
  • enhance my status?

Whether we like to admit it or not, Form (in the context of this post) often comes at the expense of Function. It doesn’t just rest with us either. Society, through its institutions, constantly offers us Form over Function and we are all too happy to allow it. In fact, we often demand it. Need convincing? Try this for a sample:

  • Politicians are elected to 2-4 year terms and are expected to do something for our long term futures yet if they don’t meet our populist and fickle short term interests we vote them out.
  • CEOs live and die by the sword that is known as the share price, yet time and again we are reminded by people like Warren Buffet that share prices very often do NOT represent the true value of the company and are far too short term in nature.
  • Celebrities cover our online news pages and multiple magazines, yet we know full well reading about their latest plastic surgery does little to develop our own lives. And yet, these magazines are what we consume more than anything else.
  • Politicians from opposing parties will consistently and reliably disagree with everything the opposing party suggests. Is it even remotely possible that they disagree on absolutely everything? Or are we more comfortable with them lying to us to maintain the “us vs them” paradigm. At what point in our history did this become not just tolerated but expected and accepted?
  • More and more advertising is directed to us focusing on Form (status, differentiation, appearance, image) than Function (what real value it actually brings to us). Have we really become that superficial in our collective affluence?
  • We spend hours on Twitter and Facebook (to name just two) each day in aid of what? Being informed? Is that really the information we need to be consuming so fervently?

So what does this mean for you and your year ahead? Well, I think it is quite simple. Be conscious of your actions and your motivations. Do you want to bring value into your life? Or do you want mediocrity? The path to mediocrity is well trod and it is filled with those who chose Form. But the path to true value has never changed. It has always been there, sometimes barren and sometimes inhospitable, but nevertheless, it remains always asking us to take up the challenge.

So in the midst of the chaos of our lives that is about ensue for another 12 months, perhaps this is something you can contemplate and decide upon each day when you wake up:

Am I going to choose Form? Or am I ready to choose Function?

The choice is yours. Life is waiting.

 

 

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Introducing Magnitude

October 27th, 2013 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

Magnitude on Goal windowHope this finds you well. Today’s post is to announce some new features to Lifetick, the most important of which being the introduction of a Magnitude setting for goals. Presently, we have Priority, but we thought it would be beneficial to also track how challenging the goal is as well. Therefore, Magnitude can now be set with the following values: Easy, Do-able, Challenging, Daunting and Audacious. We hope this is something you will appreciate.

We’ve also added a pie chart for Magnitude on the left hand side of the Navigate screen and added both it and Priority as sortable columns in the list view of goals. Simply click the header row above the metric to sort by that. Click again for reverse order.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Twitter feed for the latest Lifetick updates and our regular posting of 140 character inspiration! Have a great week.

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New productivity tweaks to Lifetick

September 9th, 2013 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Product tips | 2 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

TaskAddAndAddAnother

Today’s post is to announce a couple of small, but hopefully, useful tweaks we’ve added to Lifetick.

 

Firstly, you can now enter tasks more quickly by using the “Save + Add Another” button. This will keep the window opened after you have created a task ready for entry of the next task. This functionality has also been added to our Trackers input screen.

 

Secondly (and this is a personal favourite), you can now select an existing goal and move ALL the due dates (tasks and goal) forward or backward. Whilst I’m sure some people are performing well enough that they can bring their dates forward, I have to be honest, I’m not.

GoalPushOut

 

Already I’ve used this functionality to gently push out some, shall we say, “optimistic” time frames such that I have a much greater likelihood of success. We think it’s much better to be realistic about progress and performance than perpetuate fantastical dreams that only serve to disillusion us in our efforts to achieve more in life.

Why not log in now and see how are all your goals are tracking? It would be nice to feel back on top of things and a simple date adjustment could be the best method to achieve that.

 

Finally, if you haven’t already, subscribe to our Twitter feed. Lately, we’ve been posting some inspirational gems from our resident Lifetickologist. Perhaps there’ll be something in there that can inspire you!

Have a great week.

 

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Lifetick now accepts credit card payments

July 20th, 2013 by Dean Nottingham in Feature releases | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

Hope this finds you well at the midpoint of the calendar year. Despite our recent lack of blog posts, we are still tinkering away and are very keen to keep the enhancements coming. We’ve got some exciting things ahead this year, but firstly, we are happy to announce we now accept credit cards for payment.

Up until now, we have solely relied on PayPal for our payment processing. As a bootstrapped startup company, minimising risk, development cost and time to market were all critical factors to making us successful and PayPal assisted in all of those areas. Whilst they have proven to be a reliable entity, we understand that there are many customers who would prefer to use a more direct method. Fortunately, we are now in a much stronger position so to move to a fully integrated payment gateway was high on our priority list.

Initially, we are implementing this for Lifetick, but soon it will also be available for Lifetick Coach. At this stage, we are happy to continue offering PayPal so if this is your preferred method, fear not, it shall remain as a payment option.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope this addition makes it easier to do business with us.

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Lifetick tips and tricks

April 28th, 2013 by Tim Wilson in Product tips | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

We thought it might be useful to mention a few features and preferences you may not have noticed already.

Preferences

Turn off overdue task reminders

Every now and then we get emails from exasperated users who have fallen a bit behind in their goal achievement and are starting to get inundated with overdue reminders asking if these can be turned off. The answer is yes and here’s how:

  1. Go to your account
  2. Click “Preferences”
  3. Uncheck “Send me task overdue reminder emails”

 

Print your goal and task lists

You can print any screen in Lifetick by simply using File -> Print in your web browser. We reformat the page automatically for printing, including large boxes to manually check off your tasks. This is also useful for the navigate screen where you can print all your goals (remember to expand the ones you want to see tasks for) or if you only need to print a single goal, open the goal then print from there.

 

Add to home screen

Add Lifetick to your iPhone’s home screen

In Safari on your iPhone, visit https://www.lifetick.com/application, wait 3 seconds for the prompt to appear and then follow the steps.

 

Remember your username and password on your iPhone/iPad

By default, iPhones and iPads will not remember your username and passwords for websites. However you can choose to activate this feature for all websites you visit. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Start from the iPhone/iPad home screen
  2. Open Settings
  3. Select Safari
  4. Select Autofill
  5. Turn ‘Names and Passwords’ On.

 

Do you know a great tip or trick you want to share? If so, please reply in the comments below…

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Share the Lifetick love this Christmas!

December 26th, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Lifetick Coach | Comments Off

Merry Christmas Lifetickers wherever you are in the world!Tasks

It is Boxing Day here in Australia and we have a great release for you just in time for the year ahead. Users now have the ability to share goals with other Lifetick users. This is great for work teams, community groups, sporting clubs and of course friends, couples and families. Both new and existing goals can be converted to shared goals, simply by adding someone as a Co-owner or Collaborator.

Co-owners: have full access to add and remove other users and edit the goal itself (as well as all task functionality).

Collaborators: can only add, edit and complete tasks.

All sharers can add comments using the Activity function which also tracks the progress (down to the minute level) of the particular goal being shared. Furthermore, people you want to share a goal with don’t even need to be existing Lifetick account holders. Simply add them as a sharer and the invitation email they receive provides instructions on how to sign up for Lifetick. Sharing is extended to free and full version users alike. This means people are free to try it out for up to four goals in total (either shared, personal or both) without the necessity of having to pay for an account.

Share list

Finally, we know that sometimes a bit of moral support goes a long way toward achieving a goal. Therefore, you can now add Supporters to your goal. These are Lifetickers who will be given access to a specific goal by you. They can see all your progress and add comments to keep you accountable, focused and motivated. Again, the process is simple. Simply add your Supporters to your goal and if they aren’t already Lifetick users, they will receive instructions on how to sign up.

Good luck with these new features. We’re sure you’ll like them. Grab a friend, colleague or loved one and get busy achieving. And remember “A load shared, is a load halved”.

 

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Buddy up! Shared goals coming soon to Lifetick

December 21st, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Lifetick Coach | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

We’re excited to announce we are only days away from a major release for Lifetick and Lifetick Coach! We are introducing shared goals and supporters for all Lifetick users. What does this mean?
Share list

Shared goals allow you to share a goal with any other Lifetick user. This means you can all be working toward the achievement of a common goal. Great for the workplace, social groups, friends and of course family. Furthermore, each shared goal has its own activity log so you can keep track of who di what and when.

Supporters are Lifetick users (and potential Lifetick users) you can invite to cheer you on for a goal you are working towards. They can see your progress from their own Lifetick account and lend support with comments that get inserted into your activity whilst alos coming through an email notification.

You won’t have to wait long. We know everyone gets excited about the year ahead after Christmas, so you can expect to see this great addition in the very near future!

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Mini Lifetick in your pocket: New mobile web app.

November 2nd, 2012 by Tim Wilson in Feature releases | 7 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

We are excited to announce a complete rewrite of our mobile web app. We can now offer you a consistence Lifetick experience whether you are using Lifetick on your desktop or your smart phone. For the first time we are bringing Dreams, our new Journal activity and upcoming views PLUS our Status widgets to mobile. This application brings the feel of the full Lifetick experience with the usability and layouts more suited to a smaller screen.

We have always seen our mobile web app as a complementary offering, therefore there are somethings you can’t do on the mobile app, like manage core values or edit your tracker list. Instead we have focused on adding, completing and updating information. Here’s a list of what you can do via the mobile app:
  1. Create, edit and complete goals
  2. Create, edit, delete and complete tasks (You can now create and edit recurring tasks on the mobile app [new])
  3. Create and edit dreams [new]
  4. View status widgets [new]
  5. View journal activity and upcoming views [new]
  6. Enter journal notes
  7. Enter trackers
  8. Support for coach clients to enter private goals, and journal entries [new]

We automatically detect if you are on a mobile device, so you don’t need to do anything special to access the mobile site. Simply tap the login button from http://lifetick.com or you can go direct to the log in page at https://www.lifetick.com/application/. We have tested our application for iOS and Android (2.2 and higher).

We often get questions asking why we are not in the Apple App store or Google Play store and the answer is that we have focused on developing the best HTML5 apps we can, and this allows us to write once and deploy to multiple platforms and devices. However, if you are using an iPhone, there is a neat trick you can do to run the Lifetick mobile web app as a full screen app launched from your home screen. Just follow the ‘Add to home screen’ instructions when you are on the log in screen in Mobile Safari.

We hope that our new mobile web app allows you to be more successful in achieving your goals. We would love to hear from you if you have any feedback or experience any compatibility issues with your phone.

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Major upgrade to Lifetick Coach

October 3rd, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Lifetick Coach | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

We are happy to announce Lifetick Coach has just been given a whole new set of features :

  • A serious business upgrade enables multiple coaches per Lifetick Coach account
  • Coaches can create and edit goals and tasks for clients
  • Coaches can add notes and comments on client tasks
  • Coaches get full access to the client Reporting module which includes goals, tasks, logins, trackers and journal notes
  • Coaches can reassign clients to other coaches within their account (whilst maintaining full privacy on previous communications between coach and client)
  • Lifetick Coach administrators have an audit history to track account activities

Also Lifetick Coach now joins Lifetick for individuals in being an HTML5 application! This completes the job of re-coding both our products into a more future-proof technology whilst bringing several other benefits:

  • Faster loading times for the application
  • Ability to use on a greater number of devices including the iPad
  • Ability to roll out new features and changes more easily (less complexity required) and therefore faster

For personal users of Lifetick, we have released a single daily reminder capability. All your reminders will now appear in one email each day instead of separately.

We hope you enjoy the improved performance and capability of Lifetick Coach. In the meantime, we are already focusing on the next set fo features which we think you’ll be very excited about.

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Preview: Lifetick Coach gets serious about business

September 27th, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

We are excited to announce a major upgrade to Lifetick Coach. In the next few days we will be releasing Lifetick Coach in HTML5 to finish our entire conversation of all of Lifetick away from Flash. This means both applications can now run fully on devices like the iPad that don’t support Flash. Furthermore, we’ve included some significant enhancements.

Firstly, coaches, managers, professors, therapists and any other type of coach user can now create accounts for their entire organisation. This means a single account can now hold multiple coaches managing multiple clients. On top of that, as often requested, coaches will now have the ability to create and edit goals and tasks on behalf of their clients. Here’s a short list of what you can expect in the new Lifetick Coach:

  • Fully converted to HTML5
  • Allows for multiple coaches within the one account
  • Coaches can create and edit goals and tasks for clients (only clients can complete their own goals and tasks though)
  • Coaches can add notes on client tasks
  • Upgrade to reporting for coaches to measure all client activity across goals, tasks, logins, trackers and journal notes
  • Ability to move clients amongst coaches (whilst maintaining 100% privacy of communications between a coach and their specific client)
  • Audit history for account administrators

We hope you enjoy the upgrade and rest assured we will be announcing the release in the very near future so stay tuned.

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