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All those big things we want to do — exercise more, improve our relationships, keep learning — tend to get lost in the daily grind. To keep yourself on track doing those things you enjoy and should do, Design for Hackers author David Kadavy suggests “prescribing” yourself jelly beans. Yes, jelly beans.
If you want to achieve a major goal, conventional wisdom says to think positive. Picture yourself delivering the perfect presentation, and absorb the energy of the audience. Envision the ideal job interview, and imagine yourself on cloud nine when you get the offer. Although these strategies sound compelling, it turns out that they often backfire. Many of us are more successful when we focus on the reasons that we’re likely to fail.
iOS: To-do lists are ideal for keeping track of what you need to do, but sometimes it’s good to see what you’ve already done. Recur! is an app that keeps track of the tasks you’ve completed, reminds you when you need to do them again, and tracks how many days it’s been since you completed your first one.