I’ve always heard that the best way to achieve your goals is by writing them down, and one site has this in mind. 43things.com helps you achieve all of your goals by writing them down, and connecting you with other people who have the same goals as you do. Then you have a community of people (social network) who want to accomplish the same thing, and who can offer you support. You can also use the site to discover new goals that you may not have thought of before and get inspiration from other people.
It’s all about personal goals. They have over 850,000 members, and that number continues to rise. It’s user friendly, and easy to use, and it’s filled with people who are willing to share their expertise, thoughts, and opinions with you.
The first thing that you’ll need to do if you want to get involved is register on the site. Most registrations these days are simple and painless just the way users like it, and this one is no exception. Once you’ve got that done, you’ll be free to create your own list of 43 things that you would like to do. One good way to get started is to ask yourself, “What do I want to do with my life?” After you make your list, you can add blog-like entries to report on your progress. You’ll also be able to see the blog entries of the other people who are working on the same goals. It’s an awesome way to connect with people around the World who have the same common goal.
By searching 43 things, you’re able to find the people who have similar goals as you do. For example, if you want to travel to Africa, you could type that in as a search. Then you’d get related results, and once you find the item that matches most to what your goal is, you can click “I want to do that,” and then it’s added to your list. By selecting a goal that has already been created, you’re guaranteed to have at least one person who has the same goal as you. Chances are, there will be more. If you don’t find your goal already created by another user, you can create it yourself and then others will have the opportunity to add it to their lists.
43 Things also uses tags which makes it extremely easy to find what you’re looking for in a specific topic. On the homepage you’ll notice a cloud view of some of the goals that people are currently working on– the goals with the most people are bigger so you can set them apart from other goals that don’t have as many people.
—Accomplishing your goals—
If you accomplish one of your goals, you can select “I have done that,” and then it’s taken off of your list. If you have a goal on your list that you’re not interested in continuing, you can click “I give up” and it will be removed. Then of course, once you’ve accomplished a goal, you’ll have to think of a new one to add to your list. You’re not required to have 43 goals, that’s just maximum amount that you’re allowed to have.
One of the downside is that they’re running into the problem of spam. Every site is these days, it’s just one of those things you can’t get rid of. However, the great thing is that they’re right on top of the problem with a “neighborhood watch” program that gives community members the opportunity to help curb the spam. They also use Robotcop, and Robotscout to help automate the process of catching spam, and so far they’ve deleted over 3,000 spam accounts.
You’ll find that a lot of people will have the same goals as you do. Here are some of the most popular goals on 43things.com.
- Lose weight – 21,429
- Stop procrastinating – 16,621
- Fall in Love – 14,289
- Drink more water – 10,944
- Take more pictures – 9,015
- Save money – 8,101
- Exercise regularly – 6,050
- Start my own business – 4,871
—Wrapping it up—
I was trying to determine whether 43things.com would help me accomplish my goals, or just cause me to procrastinate.It’s easy to get caught up in what people have to say, and I found myself browsing the site and reading a lot of the comments.
For example, one of my goals is to eventually travel around the world. I found myself caught up in all of the entries of people talking about the places they’ve been, and how they’re accomplishing that goal. But then I realized that reading all of the comments just gave me more motivation to do it.
On a side note, they’re also blogger friendly. Many of you have your own blogs, so you can post to your blog right from 43 Things. They support Blogger, Typepad, Movable Type, Live Journal, and Word Press. You can also easily put your list of goals on your blog.
If you have a few things that you’d like to accomplish but you’ve set on the back-burner for now, give it a try. 43things.com is friendly, and it’s easy to use, but it’s also fun to see what people are aspiring to do. Some of the goals you’ll come across from other users are off the wall, but then it’ll just give you a few laughs which most of us can use more of anyways. :)