No more TODO lists! Finishr — a new way to coach yourself into finishing goals!
I tried every todo app under the sun! I get excited about their simplicity and download, install, buy, and use’em for a few months and then I can’t even remember their names! Done with TODO lists! I came up with a new way to finish my todos and goals! You can do it for free!
I love being organized but I crave simplicity. So my teams have gone through a ton of apps and SaaS solutions over the years. The honeymoon period of a new TODO app or SaaS is about three months. After that, they are chores for me! I end up going back to a post-it note task board or a plain Google doc! Yes, I am terrible at this! But since I am over twenty years into managing small teams and no one really push me around — being the big boss — I figured I am unable to learn the new ways of managing goals.
As the new year is just around the corner, I figured I need to plan 2021 better than ever before to cover lost time in 2020. Then I decided to take a peek at my “Things” list and other lists and docs to realize how much I missed this year.
Why TODO Apps Fail Me…
I set up a ton of goals for the personal, professional, team, business goals but lose motivation to accomplish many of them. But I noticed whenever someone reminds me about one such goal and asks me how it is going, I feel excited about it and want to work on it. For example, I am writing a book called “My Americans”, which is a story about a handful of Americans that have influenced my first-generation immigrant life.
So far I had a great run in America — wrote a dozen tech books since my late 20/ to 30s; had my tech startup in the Word Trade Center II and have been running my e-commerce tech solutions company for last tweety years while living in Rocklin, California. So I have a few stories to share with my two boys about my late teen years in college and beyond where I was directly influenced by a few good men. A
I feel that my story of success with the help of a handful of Americans will help other immigrants and Americans see how interactions with each other can really be the ice breaker in reducing the national tension that gives birth to scapegoating the immigrants in a country of immigrants.
But I forgot about my book in 2020. Since only two or three people know about it, no one asked me if I was going strong or not. I wish someone asked about it and gave me a little encouragement — I would have jumped back on it and wrote a few more chapters.
Anyway, I am weak that way. I need motivation and encouragement to continue on ideas that are not driven by financial gains.
So I was thinking about how to solve my problem — I want to be reminded in a conversational manner about my goals. But who would do that for me? Unless hiring a coach who knows about my goals and pushes me in a positive way. But I think getting a coach – real. person – like this isn’t in my best interest as some of these goals need to be accomplished in a slow-paced manner.
As a software engineer, I thought I can create an Artificial Intelligent solution that works with me over a long period of time and won’t cost me much! So I came up with Finishr.me!
My goals for this SaaS is as follows:
- Write a goal statement and have the system send an email and/text from time to time based on the context of the goal
- For example, if I say that “I want to write the first draft of my book by 2021” it should know to give me a nudge every other month or based on my interaction with it.
- Similarly, if I tell the system that “I want to lose 10–15 lbs in five weeks” it should send me emails and/or text every week or based on my interactions
The major goal for this SaaS is to keep nudging the user about a goal so that they can be reminded more frequently in an intelligent manner when possible.
Once you add one or more goals, the system will automatically remind you based on a schedule you choose or based on a smart interpretation of your goal. The system uses natural language processing (NLP) to understand the subject of the goal and even look for timeline information from a simple sentence.
The emails it sent look like this:
Here is another email for someone whose goal is to lose a few pounds:
When the user interacts with the system from the email by clicking on the progress report options such as “Yes” or “No” or “Pause” or “Delete” the system acts accordingly. For example, if the user chooses “Yes” to indicate that they are making progress, then the system will take the user to a Web page like this:
At any time you can pause or delete any goal or all the goals. You can also delete your account at will from the manage account link.
I will roll this out to limited beta users (100–500) around mid-December 2020. There is always going to have a FREE edition and a PREMIUM edition. The FREE edition is free forever and the PREMIUM edition will provide texting and other advanced features like browser plugins and notification.
NO APP DOWNLOAD REQUIRED!
If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your FREE access forever!