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January 2, 2009

New Years Resolution tickler.

Filed under: Communications,Health,Lifestyles,Miscellaneous,Sociology,Technology — lullabyman @ 10:40 pm

How do you keep a goal forefront in your mind so you’re always motivated to work on it?  I’ve tried all kinds of things in the past … as I’m sure most people have.  Quotes and reminders seem great, but they eventually seem to become lost in the noise and get ignored.  I also don’t like parading my goals around for everyone to see – goals are personal.  The idea should rather be to keep goals where they’re most visible to the goal-setter and not to everyone else … and to make it move, shake, or shimmy around and continually remind the goal-setter of the vision that motivates them.

So this last year I came up with something that does that.  It’s a little program that scrolls through a list of text and images that motivate me to achieve my goals.  It automatically boots up and sits on top of all other programs in the top of my computer where the title-bar usually goes (it can also be dragged around my desktop).  It also flashes at various times of the day to remind me to work on certain things.  It also gauges how much time I  have left in the day (starts out green, turns peach).  Below is a screenshot.

If anyone else is interested let me know.  I’ve been thinking about making a version where the content can be added on the fly (currently I have to recompile it with each change).



  1. This is interesting to me. I have actually set real goals this year and need lots of reminding and support.

    Comment by Robin — January 3, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  2. This is a good idea. My mind goes to another place when someone says “tickler” though. I think I’ll call it banner. Or fatty pants reminder ’cause I’m a fatty pants.

    Comment by paige — January 5, 2009 @ 6:47 am

  3. hehehe … I didn’t even think about that. Yeah, “Tickler” programs (reminder programs) have been called by that term for many years now but “Reminder Banner” is probably the best term to call it given today’s definitions. I can only imagine the looks I’d get if I said I got everyone at church a home-made tickler.

    Comment by davea0511 — January 5, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  4. I love this idea. It would sell. I would buy it. And after about a dozen tickles I would probably smash my monitor.

    Comment by Linda — January 7, 2009 @ 6:23 am

  5. >smash my monitor.

    I think people hate resolutions because they do them wrong. They make them so they’re negatively reinforcing, which is counter productive.

    Mine currently says thinks like “affairs in order so I have time to read books, have a basement refuge for the kids, an enclosed heated office in the sunroom, financially able travel as a family, etc … with inspiring pictures … like I have one of the kids in front of the temple

    Comment by davea0511 — January 7, 2009 @ 10:14 am

  6. I want to try the tickler!

    Comment by Joe — January 7, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

  7. Oh I bet you do, Joe. I bet you do.

    Really though … the guy that bought our house in Utah, Dan Oaks, sells a program called “Tickler” that’s a popup-reminder program (as opposed to my customizable banner):


    It’s different than this though in that it does popups instead of a constant scrolling banner. In fact, if you have Microsoft outlook, the calendar does the same thing as his tickler program.

    With that in mind I don’t think tickler is the right name for this thing (besides the fact that it has taken on new meanings). Perhaps “Motivation Banner” is a better fit.

    Comment by davea0511 — January 7, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

  8. I think it is great and I would use it. Is it hard to install and get going? I’d like a version where content can be added on the fly, like you said. That would be cool.

    Comment by Emily — January 7, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  9. I’ll see what I can do. Won’t be for a while … I can promise you that!

    Comment by davea0511 — January 7, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

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