Geeky Goodness: Lift

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Introducing: Lift. The app that wants you to get your life together with a smile. The app is a feel-good goal setter, where you compile a to-do list that ultimately improves your quality of life. No, I'm not talking about doing the dishes before you catch up on Hot In Cleveland. The list you make with Lift is compiled of things we probably should do, but don't since we don't regard them as necessary, despite the positive affects they can produce. For example, if you've been meaning to read more or get to a yoga class, or even drink more water, you can add these "habits," to your list. Following the gym-buddy mindset, the app allows users to follow one another (as on Twitter) to foster communities of encouragement and support.

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According to Netted, Lift believes that "positive, incremental enforcement is the way to help its users achieve their goals: users identify goals and check in every time they’re done." When you complete a habit, you check it off and those following you can see that you accomplished what you set out for. You can even include a brief comment describing how you met your goal.

Lift is great because it makes the ever-present, ever-looming to-do list more enjoyable. Joining the app, either on a mobile phone or a computer, is like going to the gym with a whole support group rather than by ourselves. Users have the option of giving "props" to friends who have completed tasks (similar to "liking" an activity on Facebook). By power of numbers, users finally have the obligation, and hey, maybe even the pleasure of taking time out of each day to pay attention to our own needs.

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