Annie, senior, Boston, Massachusetts
By Lift Worldwide
“Are you the type who wants to be productive, but can’t get yourself to start? Would you rather conquer the world with friends or by yourself? Fear not, Coach.me has your back! This app is based on research in psychology and designed to help you change your behavior, and it has the potential to be life changing. Just select a goal, and you’ll be connected to an entire network of people who are in the same situation as you. Check in each time you accomplish your goal, and bask in praises. Got a question you feel silly asking? No one will judge you because they’re probably wondering the same thing. And if you need a little push in the right direction, you can hire a personal coach to help you every step of the way (for a fee).”
Coach.me can definitely help those who want to change their lifestyle. But to be honest, I think it could be an app that would be hard to stick with over the long haul. And what student can fork over $14.99 or more for a private coach? I’d much rather spend that money on coffee or food, or basically anything else!
Aside from those inspiring quotes (e.g., “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”) and the milestone completed notification (yay, I checked in for the first time), I probably won’t be achieving any goal any time soon. I’m still as lazy as I was before using this app. Those quotes did inspire me to get out there and do something, though, if only for a few minutes.
You can always try to hold yourself accountable for getting things done, but will it really work? I set a goal to run every day, and so far I’ve done it only twice. Unfortunately, I don’t think Coach.me can motivate me enough. Though I have to say, setting up reminders for my goals was useful (and annoying). They were very effective in reminding me that I have a five-page English paper to write. And I did not want to be reminded of that at all!