It’s a sign of how well I’m improving that I’m doing things that actually involve, well, doing things. I wouldn’t say that I’m actually well by any means (my current desire to take an hours-long nap gives lie to that) but the sheer fact of being able to consider doing things is fairly huge. When I’m totally wiped I can’t even contemplate new stuff.
Bringing this to something resembling a point, I’ve started (as in what time is it now started) trying Mindbloom. Lifehacker recommended it as a way to set goals and keep some balance in your life.
There’s a bit of a learning curve but basically the site is free (there’s pay features if you want ‘em but they’re not required). You create an account then select areas of your life you’d like to work on, like health, creativity, career, etc. Then you make some goals for yourself to help enhance those areas of your life and you add in things to inspire you to do them. There’s also a free iPod app that can be set to remind you to do these things during the day.
You can set your own actions/inspirations, pull them from the libraries of already uploaded things, or do combinations of both.The whole thing then becomes like a game where doing your actions and taking in your inspirations gives you points and you can level up and there’s a little symbolic tree that grows with what you do.
I like the concept of this because I’ve used a similar goal setting program in the past and liked it, and this one includes the psychological encouragements that have been shown to help increase success in these things.
One aspect of it is that you can connect with friends who are also doing it and provide encouragement to each other. Then you get to see how each other’s trees are doing and, I dunno, make a forest or something.
Anyway, as I say I’m only just starting it but it seems good so far. Figured no harm in asking if anybody else would like to try it and make an encouraging forest with me.
Let me know and I’ll find out how we would connect. I think one way is to search for a name, so I’m down there as TeaBQ if you want to find me. All are welcome! =)
If you need more info before deciding, you can check out the Mindbloom overview.