How to make DailyFeats even more your own… starting this week!
An all-you-can-feat menu on the left side of your screen:
- Why? - The way you navigate DailyFeats should be quick, clean, and intuitive. We think this menu captures that pretty splendidly.
- How? - The menu gives you a way to browse feats by how you relate to them. In one click, you can see your goals — feats you’re really focusing on to make into habits. Or you can find the feats you do most often, as well as new feats and suggestions like quick lists by the our team and challenges from our partners.
Keep working on your goals:
- Why? - Lots of people smarter than us have found that you can only effectively focus on building a few habits at once. That’s why “My Goals” screen looks best when the list is shorter, encouraging you to really keep these few feats top of mind.
- How? - On any feat tablet, select “set this as a goal” to move a feat into the “My Goals” screen, where you’ll be able to track your momentum, progress, and stats about that feat instantly, every time you log in. Also, click “# Props” on the lefthand menu for a quick look at what you’ve checked in recently, if you want to get an idea of what you’ve done and haven’t done today.
Check in the feats you already do:
- Why? - Because we give you points for it! And many of you have told us how good it feels to go in at the end of your day and see those bright green check marks, showing all the feats you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement FTW!
- How? - Select “Yes, I do this!” on a feat tablet when you hover over it in order to move it into the “My Regular Feats” screen. This way, you’ll be able to check that feat in going straight to the “My Regular Feats” screen, where all your usual feats can be saved.
- Note for existing members: This is also where DailyFeats will migrate up to 50 of your custom-listed feats.
Find new feats to do:
- Why? - We have almost 500 feats on DailyFeats… might as well get exploring and see what other positive actions you could add to your daily life.
- How? - Choose from one of the feat categories in the lefthand menu. You’ll also see Suggestions show up in the form of short lists at the top of these pages as you browse from category to category. Those are just easy ideas curated by our team of ways to actually do the feats you’re exploring. You’ll also find challenges for extra points there.
- Note for existing members: We’ve had to move over to a new challenge structure and in the interest of our system running as clean and fresh as possible with this new release, we’ve had to close out all old challenges. So - congratulations! You’ve now won all of your challenges, and your account has been credited with points for the challenges you were enrolled in. Please feel free to re-enroll in any of them if you want to finish checking in the feats.
Hide the stuff you don’t need to see:
- Why? - We’ve added an exciting way for you to customize your DailyFeats experience even more: you can now hide the feats you don’t do, or simply can’t! For instance, I’m not yet a parent. For now, I don’t need to check in !babycare, !babynutrition, !stroller, or !pottytrain. So, I’ve hidden those feats, and won’t see them on DF anymore. This makes room in my browsing experience for other feats I don’t yet do often, but may want to.
- How? - Simply click “hide this” on any feat you don’t want to see anymore, and “view hidden” to make those hidden feats show up, just in case you’d like to do one of them after all.
Take it offline:
- By popular demand: we’ve created an online store with feat stamps (in the form of stickers and stamps) and DF t-shirts for you! Some of you have seen our fun feat stickers, and we’re happy to make them available for all.
As always, let us know what you think by shooting a note over to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to answer any of your questions and bring your feedback to our product team.
Janine Adams from Peace of Mind Organizing with why sorting the mail is so important
As a professional organizer, I get to see inside people’s homes and see the challenges that face them. You know what I see? Lots and lots of paper. And much of it is unopened mail.
Why don’t people open their mail? I think sometimes they can’t be bothered, and then when the pile gets too big, they get overwhelmed. And the mail can get scary. There can be correspondence from the IRS, past-due notices, denials from insurance companies lurking in there. But you know what? Ignoring that stuff doesn’t make it go away. And it sure doesn’t make the situation any better.
The other thing to remember is that sometimes there’s great stuff in the mail. A letter from a loved one. A refund check. Maybe even a notice that you’ve inherited something inside a really scary-looking letter from an attorney. Hey, yesterday I received a thank-you card with a $25 Starbucks card inside. I’d be bummed if I’d never opened that.
If you stay on top of your mail, you don’t have to look at the piles. You don’t have to worry about what might be lurking there. You have an opportunity to take action on any bad news that might be there. You pay your bills on time. I bet you can guess that I think staying on top of the mail is a good thing.
How do you go about doing it? The system that I suggest to my clients, which has been very successful for most, is quite simple. Here are the steps:
* Buy a desktop file box, with no lid, no more than about six inches deep. Make it pretty, so you can keep it out on a desk. I call this your Action Box.
Click through to read more of Janine’s tips and claim a valuable discount on her organizing guide and e-course…
Hot Topic: Let’s talk two cool dudes who know a whole lot about habits.
Do you want to be a habit-forming, positive-action check-in whiz?
By Sara Hopson, Manager of Community Engagement @sahopson
Here at DailyFeats, as you’ve noticed, we’re all about good. A few months ago as we started to delve more into how we could actually be motivated to do more good on a daily basis, we realized it needed to be about more than checking in feats and feeling pleased with oneself. I mean, the stamps are awesome, and all, but… is that enough?
It needed to be about forming habits, really changing our behavior. And since two of our co-founders (Meghan and Vinay) have backgrounds in neuroscience, that behavior change research got pretty heady.
But we emerged with a new frame of mind: DailyFeats would be about arranging the good you do by the things you’re trying to accomplish in your own life, hence: goals. And to really hone in on what needs to happen for the wheels of behavior change to start turning, we looked to behavior change expert BJ Fogg (it’s worth your time to learn more about his work). BJ even visited the office a few weeks ago to give us some feedback on the website and how we might help you feel more celebrated in the ways you’re improving your life. (Hence, the 100 points bonus for checking in your first feat of the day, and the new kinds of “props”.)
Watch this video of BJ talking about why Facebook is so addicting:
I, personally, started my own research by picking up a new book by NY Times Bestseller, Charles Duhigg. The Power of Habit is an engrossing and entertaining read, surprising in many ways, and it completely changed the way I think about my own behavior and the innumerable habits we all have without even realizing it. Since I finished it, I’ve found myself bringing up examples from the book in casual conversation - at Easter dinner, with my boyfriend, even in groups of relative strangers. ”Did you know,” I’d begin excitedly, “that brushing your teeth with toothpaste is totally a habit that was started by a cue in advertising?” I’ll admit, my penchant for re-watching Mad Men episodes has only amplified my interest in The Power of Habit, but, the dude’s really onto something.
So, how does this all tie into DailyFeats? Well, it turns out that the research around habit formation boils down to basically this: you do something (your habit/routine) because you’re triggered by something else (also called a “cue”), whether that be a time of day, a physical sensation, or an emotion. What results from that is some sort of reward; not always something awesome but even just a slight change in your mood, a stress release, or a distraction. That reward reinforces the habit, so the next time you are exposed to the trigger or cue, you naturally repeat the behavior that brought you the reward.
Duhigg, in his book, gives oodles of fun examples for ways to change this or how it can function - even in ways you might not notice or understand right at the outset. These habit things are kind of complicated, but once you grasp that fundamental loop, you can change the routine in a way that will still make you feel rewarded.
At DailyFeats, we use text messages or e-mails as ways you can remind yourself to do a certain action (I’m setting up my !cardio reminder as we speak!). That’s basically a cue and a routine. Your reward? Well, it’ll vary from person to person. Some of us are just happy to be able to check in and get points, and then perhaps comments or props from fellow members. That’s gratifying, and some of you have told us that it feels like you’re being thanked for doing something you already do but don’t get acknowledged for.
Others of us are rewarded by the outcome of the action. This is pretty self-explanatory: you work out, you lose weight and feel healthier. You tell your significant other you love them, they say it back, and you feel happy and secure in your relationship. You donate to charity, the organization thanks you and you feel satisfied in having given back to a cause that matters. In interviews he’s done for the book, Duhigg often cites an example about breaking the afternoon cookie habit simply by understanding how it was rewarding him and what he could do instead, to get the same reward.
These things all seem simple, right, when it gets right down to it? Problem is, we too often allow our habits to form unconsciously, so we can easily get into slumps of bad habits without realizing we’re doing it. Proactively setting up good habits and changing your behavior may seem daunting, but the great thing about habits is how easily they form and how automatic they can become.
You can also learn to “piggyback” your habits. This means doing a certain action in conjunction with another, like leaving your floss by the couch where you watch TV at night, so you’ll remember to floss while you do something you are already used to doing (see above image). Combined with automated reminders, this can be an incredibly powerful way to change the behaviors you’re itching to get rid of. We hope that DailyFeats can be a helpful piece to that puzzle.
Pssst… Duhigg’s website has some more truly great resources if you’re interested in this. I especially dig this Study Guide for those of you who are in the education field and want to share this with your students, and this handy Guide to Changing Habits.
The new DailyFeats makes reaching your goals fun
We’d like you to be among the first to know that we’re making some big improvements to DailyFeats. This is just a heads-up: you’ll be able to explore them over the next few days, but consider this your field guide to the new DailyFeats. Ready?
Chances are, most of the feats you regularly check in are tied to an important goal or strong value you have. Maybe you’ve already set them as Goals by adding a weekly target. Lots of you have asked us to improve Goal tracking and personalization; so we’re taking this a bigstep further.
Now you can set goals not just for individual feats, but for the big parts of your life — weight loss, career success, parenting, and more! These Goals can contain multiple feats, at a frequency you choose. Once you set a goal, you can track your progress, find ideas and inspiration, set up personalized reminders, and get community support. Every goal comes with its own Conversations board, and a daily subject-area update featuring news and tips from the DailyFeats team.
So how can you get started? The first time you log into the new DailyFeats, you’ll see your current Goals and Saved Feats in a temporary Goal. Start by creating a new Goal, based on one of the presets we’ve made for you; then, customize it to suit your life, by adding your older feats (plus any new ones you’d like to add) into that goal. We’ll walk you through it when you arrive at dailyfeats.com. It’s important to set up your goals: that way, your check-ins, your inspiration, and your week-to-week progress will all come together!
We’re so grateful for your patience, as we continue working to secure the best possible rewards for your positive actions. We know it can be frustrating to see a sold-out sign next to your favorite reward. So we’ve built a new way to redeem rewards, that lets you know exactly when a reward has arrived and exactly how many we’ll be able to make available. (No more guessing!)
Going forward, you’ll get e-mails when we secure rewards for you, letting you know what’s available for you to spend your points on. Each email will contain a few rewards, of various point values, that we think are relevant to you, and a total of how many of each are available.
Plus, next time you visit the site, you can wish-list the rewards you want most: that way, you’ll receive a special 24-hour heads-up when those specific rewards are on their way, so you can be sure to come by and redeem your reward before our limited supplies run out.
This means that there are no longer rewards just sitting at DailyFeats.com: these personalized emails will be a much better way for you access them while keeping it fair for everybody. With one exception: donation rewards to nonprofits are always available, whenever you have points to dedicate.
Updated iPhone app
iPhone users: we’ve just launched a brand-new version of our app! Get it from the App Store here. Try it out, and let us know what you think (much like the Web version, we’re always working on improving our app) — and if you like it, we’d really appreciate a positive review.
Part of our ongoing effort to make DailyFeats the best it can be is to make sure the site is simple and easy to use. This means cutting back on features that were taking up space on your screen, slowing the site down, or insufficiently effective at helping you do good.
Therefore, we’re phasing out a few features, including Communities and per-feat Conversations; that content will all be migrated to the relevant Goals.
We’re also ending user-created challenges; the new Goals system is a much better way to build personalized collections of feats around a topic.
Finally, Lifescore and badges are also being phased out; Goals are a better, simpler, clearer, and more accurate way to track your progress.
Our goal is to make sure DailyFeats is as useful, positive, welcoming, and fun as it can be. So please, check out the new site and let us know what you think: we hope you love what you see, and only your feedback can tell us for sure. Reach us on Facebook, on Twitter, or by emailing Sara, our community manager, at email@example.com.
All our very best,
—Veer Gidwaney, CEO and Co-Founder, DailyFeats
and the DailyFeats team