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Introducing Magnitude

October 27th, 2013 by Shane Maloney Comments Off on Introducing Magnitude

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 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.

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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 Comments Off on Lifetick now accepts credit card payments

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 Comments Off on Lifetick tips and tricks

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.

 

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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 Comments Off on Share the Lifetick love this Christmas!

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.

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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 Comments Off on Buddy up! Shared goals coming soon to Lifetick

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 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 Comments Off on Major upgrade to Lifetick Coach

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 Comments Off on Preview: Lifetick Coach gets serious about business

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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The Facebook dilemma

August 20th, 2012 by Shane Maloney 6 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Settle in, this is long…

I’m often asked a question to which my response is met with amazement, bemusement, contempt, incredulity and on occasion – admiration. The question is quite simply “Do you have Facebook?” The even simpler answer is “No”. At no stage in its existence have I ever really desired access to this ubiquitous contagion. Nevertheless, this has not prevented it from impacting my life. Therefore, in the interests of 1) not having to explain myself time and time again (by now being able to direct people to this blog) and more importantly 2) explaining the dynamic that inevitably helps or hinders one’s goals in life by being a user of Facebook, I’ve decided to do what everyone else does who has a blog and bore you with my tedium on the topic. But first some caveats:

  1. I accept the usefulness of Facebook in maintaining contact with close ones when traveling abroad or living great distances apart
  2. I recognise the wonderful ways in which Facebook assists us in connecting with people we have lost touch with in the past and
  3. I am sure for many people the positives outweigh the negatives of pursuing this great pastime. (Let’s face it, by the sheer enormity of our connection to Facebook, surely it deserves the status of “pastime”, which in itself is a disturbing thought.)

But in saying this there are many issues that counter the arguments above and whilst they are not the main thrust of what I am here to say it is nevertheless important to remind ourselves that:

  1. Facebook can indeed be an incredible waste of time for many people. The stats don’t lie people. Whilst many of you might regard yourselves as efficient and disciplined users, it might pay to put a stopwatch on your usage over the course of a week and see how those numbers look.
  2. Facebook has very little regard for your privacy. It has proven this on multiple occasions. Don’t even ask me how this is possible, but a Google search of “Facebook” yields 5 billion results whereas a search on “Facebook privacy” yields 8 billion results! By all means take the time to do some reading if you haven’t already. It’s pretty hard to miss considering articles are produced by major news establishments at an unrelenting rate. (Reduce that previous search of “Facebook privacy” to the last 24 hours and filter it down again to just “News” and you’ll still get 24,000 results.)
  3. Facebook has an incredibly long memory (like the Internet). It neither forgets, nor forgives.
  4. Facebook breeds narcissism.
  5. Facebook cultivates insecurity.
  6. Facebook feeds addiction.

All of these things above have been written about extensively, so my purpose was not to rehash them here. My purpose however, is to take a bigger picture view of life itself and talk about its very “meaning” in the context of those things that seek to reduce that “meaning”. Like a lot of people, I’m keenly interested in why we are here. I’m also interested in why we do what we do. Therefore, if you were to ask me why I don’t use/have Facebook then more so than any other reason it is because it quite simply reduces meaning in life. Now of course we all have different ways in defining meaning in our lives, so I will try to break it down to see if you can find some common threads.

1. Facebook trivialises relationships.

Why do we have so many friends on Facebook? Do we really want to know what they are up to? Do they really want to know what we are up to? Is it really that necessary for me to have someone connected on the basis that I simply might need to connect to them at some stage in the future. In such a short amount of time we have managed to create more relationships that actually mean less. We have uncompromisingly chosen quantity over quality. And yet, this goes against what we are really seeking in life – meaningful relationships. People often tell me how it was amazing that they were able to get in touch with someone from their past through Facebook. I would counter two points to that: 1) There is a reason that person is no longer in your life. We aren’t meant to keep in touch with everyone. That is life. And it is neither good nor bad. It just is. And if that person IS definitely worth getting back in touch with then 2) You would find a way to find them if you really wanted to. This in turn means the effort would be greater (and therefore more rewarding) and met with even more gratitude one would imagine (where such seeking is reciprocated).

Another aspect relating to the trivialising of relationships is the nature of the communication that takes place between people. It can either be 1) public (highly trivial unless for example, announcing the birth of a child) or 2) private (surely this too is trivial as a meaningful conversation between two individuals might at least require a phone conversation or face to face?) Whilst it is easy to hammer away at the points mentioned earlier about narcissism and insecurity, let’s instead look at this a little more deeply. Is it really us seeking our 15 minutes of fame? Why is it so often I hear from friends and siblings that they can’t believe someone has posted something, belittling the interactions of friends or family. Does anyone ever tell that person they share those concerns about the nature of their comments? Or are they not close enough for us to be that truthful towards them? Doesn’t that right there capture a simple yet recurring sadness of what it is we are engaged in? A “friend” posting something or with such regularity for us to then somehow think less of them, whilst not having the decency to actually be honest about it?

In the world of relationships, Facebook is the bastion of false security. We engage on our terms, at a distance and are free to react however we please. We sever that most precious of ties that make us beings that relate. Ones that empathise and share and look each other in the eye when we talk to each other about things that matter in our lives. Ones that detect a tone in a loved one’s voice over the phone that suggests a plea for help. We post a vibrant and vacuous self image to everyone whilst we suffer in an ever increasing isolation. We present whom we want to be, not who we are. We lie to our Facebook friends about the great lives we lead, but more importantly we lie to ourselves.

And yet, the great paradox is that we want to be heard. But why? Why do we need to be heard to feel loved and important? After all, seeking 500 empty Happy Birthday’s from Facebook friends because they ALL got the notification means absolutely nothing. In fact, it is worse than nothing, because it takes away from the joy of someone actually remembering your birthday. You now don’t even know who actually does remember your birthday because EVERYONE got reminded by Facebook. So why is all of this paradox? Well, in our search for meaning we want to relate, but in seeking it in such desperate ways it only increases our isolation and emptiness because by its very nature it has no meaning. This is the absolute fundamental point. We choose our friends. We fight for them. We cling to them. We laugh with them. We cry with them. They are the people we need in life and they are the people that need us. Our family and our friends bring us meaning in life because they understand and accept us just as we understand and accept them. We don’t choose our Facebook friends. We are conned into having them.

I could easily talk about the ending of romantic relationships and what that might mean for the sufferers who both have Facebook accounts. But fortunately, I don’t have Facebook so largely I am unaffected. Nevertheless, I am convinced it can’t be healthy to see an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend and what they happen to be doing with their lives post-relationship. Space, closure, separation. These are the things Facebook is not good at.

2. Technology = Convenience = Better?

So often in life we assume every piece of technology that comes along makes life better for us. We so easily see that by the introduction of a new peace of technology life has become “easier” or more “convenient”. Does that make it better? I’m not suggesting by default that it doesn’t, but I am asking that we conscientiously ask ourselves that question every time something new and exciting enters our realm. Nowadays we walk less, we run less, we stand less, we eat more, we watch more, we have devices that do everything for us. Is this what life is about? I’m quite prepared to admit that technology may give us freedoms and liberties, but what was ever wrong with hard work? What was wrong with having to wait for something and not get it immediately. Why is it that having everyone connected to us all the time through Facebook actually makes our lives better? Before mobile phones people made plans and met up with each other. Now a simple meet up for a coffee or beer involves about half a dozen text (sms) messages between leaving home and seeing our friend 20 minutes later. Have we become stupid as a society in the space of 20 years? Furthermore, that same little piece of technology allows us to “flake” on our plans. Better offers come up last minute and we take them knowing we can easily contact the person we had “committed” to meet in the first place and aplogise ever so insincerely that the engagement can’t be met from the protective layer of a virtual message.

3. More time on Facebook means less time for contemplation and thought.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be stuck on a desert island with access to little more than basic food and shelter? Whilst a few might desire such a blissful state, I’m sure for the majority of us this would represent an extreme wrenching from our present state of being. One with messages coming at us through the TV, Radio, Newspaper, Internet, Phone, Billboards and so on. Our current state of being barely even allows for us to be alone with our thoughts. Have you ever noticed how rare it is for people these days to wait somewhere, be it on a street corner or out the front of the cinema for a friend and actually NOT be looking at their mobile device? What is it that drives us to feel the need to get some kind of status update on anything and everything all of the time? Is it boredom, is it insecurity, is it the fear of having to look strangers in the eye as they pass us by and greet them or is it simply that we have lost our ability to be alone with our thoughts? But it does beg the question: How rarely our we alone with our thoughts? And furthermore, is this really good for us? “A life not contemplated is a life not worth living.” No prizes for guessing who said that.

4. Facebook is the great promoter of the trivial.

When was the last time you worked on your goals? And how did that time compare to your time on Facebook? Or reading the news for the 7th time that day even though the articles are the same as the ones you saw the 1st time or reading a blog or looking at humorous pictures or videos? If you needed to make more time available to pursue something meaningful in your life what would be sacrificed? We are always time poor, yet we somehow manage to amass an enormous amount of time each day to mobile phones, iPads, Twitter and Facebook. If we really want to achieve things in life then we must make sacrifices. Difficult choices must be made. And yet, there are obvious ways we can do this. Surely our time on the Internet should be the first to go? Or at the very least reduced. There are many ways we can inspire ourselves to greatness, but in reality it usually comes down to one thing: getting off our bums and doing something about it.

I’m not asking you to get rid of Facebook. Do I think your life would be better if you did? Yes. But that is a personal opinion. If I were to so audaciously ask you anything it would be this: Every time you log on and read something trivial, post something trivial or simply spend more time that you personally believe is worthwhile based on productivity, relaxation, entertainment or any other metric that matters to you, then do so in a conscious way. Be aware of your usage and be aware of what is being sacrificed in your life in order to make the most of the trivial. And so finally, I will leave you with a fascinating thought:

“More than ever, the grand sum of all earthly knowledge, wisdom and information is available to everyone in the world that has an (unfiltered) Internet connection. The question we must therefore ask ourselves is what are we doing every time we log on?”

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