Keep Your Promises

You get home from work, toss your keys aside, and slump into your chair. It has been a long day but your dog is so incredibly happy that you made it home (all the while wondering why humans leave in the first place). Buster wants you to throw the ball, scratch an ear, go for a stroll, etc. However, your motivation is severely lacking.

I’ve always had a hard time keeping commitments. I’m not a very consistent person and I’m sure that it is super frustrating for animals that tend to prefer routines. Sure, things get done, but they are usually on my terms and I’m easily distracted. I’ve kept a variety of paper lists, experimented with various to-do programs, and I have test driven a bunch of apps. Paper was a disaster. I would start one list and feel pretty good about it then either forget to cross items off or add a nauseating amount of new tasks to the list. I would often lose that list and then start another one. I don’t recall ever crossing everything off of a paper list. Ouch. I then had an epiphany. I’m a geek. I love tech. Why am I not using my computer for this? Thus started my foray into all manner of software and web-based to-do programs. I felt confident that I’d found the answer but I soon found that it was just an electronic version of the nightmare I had created with paper lists. I must have signed up for at least 15 different options and which ultimately lead to defeat. My self-esteem even suffered. What on earth was wrong with me? If technology couldn’t help me out then I must really be helpless.

I am happy to say that in 2014 all of this changed for me in a big way. And if you have gotten this far and you are wondering what in the world this has to do with dogs, please hang in just a little while longer. I’ve always had lofty goals (have $1 million in the bank by the time I’m 45)  interspersed with the more modest goals (get in bed by 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday). I’m finally making progress and it is all thanks to HabitRPG. I stumbled upon this during my last search for a to-do list. I’m glad I gave it one more try. For the first time in my life I have been using the same to-do list manager for more than just a few days or weeks. I’m on my 8th month! As someone that used to switch from one solution to another almost weekly, this is life-changing.

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I was hooked as soon as I learned the ropes and I feel confident that HabitRPG will continue to make me a better person and better dog owner. I believe in it so much that I pay $5 per month to support the project. I don’t earn any commissions and the link I’m posting is not an affiliate link. I just want to get the word out because I think this has the potential to change a lot of lives.

If Bailey could speak I think she would say it has been life-changing for her as well. I’ve set Dailies up such as “train Bailey” and “play with Bailey.” I’ve also placed “exercise” on the list, and I tick that one off each night that Mike and I take Bailey for a walk. Prior to HabitRPG I’d always think to myself, “I should really get a training session in with Bailey each day” and I’d fail miserably. Something would come up or there would always be an excuse. I get such satisfaction from checking things off in HabitRPG and leveling up that I rarely miss any Dailies.

Briefly, I’d like to explain why I think it works for me. Other lists were downright boring. Jotting a list down on paper felt satisfying, but seeing it languish just made me feel bad. The programs and web-based organizers I used lacked flair. There was nothing to draw me in and keep me coming back. I once thought the task list in Gmail was the answer. I mean, I use Gmail constantly. How could that not be the best solution? It’s because it was boring! Add a task. Check it off. Do it again. <YAWN> HabitRPG addresses all of that. It’s highly motivating and I feel a great deal of pride as I check things off. Although I’ve never been a big RPG fan (GASP!) this definitely works for me. I enjoy leveling up and I work hard to make sure my character stays alive. The training sessions with Bailey that used to be sporadic at best now occur daily, if not multiple times a day thanks to HabitRPG.

You may find paper lists more appealing, a memo app on your smartphone, or tying a string around your finger. If it works, stick with it. Use it to improve your relationship with your dog. However, if you are still searching for that perfect solution give HabitRPG a try. It might just change your life and enrich your dog’s life further!

2 comments

  1. DH says:

    That is the hardest part for me, finding time to fit in all the routines! I have a daily checklist that I printed out from my Mac, and just post it weekly on my fridge and check off the boxes every day. 🙂

  2. Stephanie says:

    That sounds like a great idea! I know myself all too well though and I’d forget to check off the list. Not to mention I have a love/hate relationship with my printer. lol

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