Lifehacker posted yesterday about a hack for staying motivated to reach goals by using passwords that include your goals.
You can add some other letters, characters or numbers to make them more secure.
His example was the word “diet” on a Gmail account your password might look like this: GM*diet1.
This is something I started doing about 6 months ago. I reached one of my goals (taking a vacation to San Francisco with my husband) before I expected to!
This tip makes me focus on our goals, the same way I do when I write it down. I personally consider it part of my greater goal of living mindfully. Maybe you believe in The Secret, or the power of positive thinking, or prayer. Think of your password typing as another extension of your beliefs. You could instead of choosing a specific goal choose something like “mindful”, or “peace”.
Personally I prefer taking my goal, and adding a date. That’s just me being my type A self. I don’t always type out my password on every site (Firefox remembers some), but for many sites (like my bank, Wesabe, my blog) I do it daily, and often several times a day!
Here’s what my passwords might look like (obviously this isn’t my real password, it’s just an example!):
Goal: Lose 5 pounds in a month.
I’m sure you can come up with more variations.
Next you want to generate a password. To do this you can use a random password generator (this one has a bookmarklet so you can do it while you are on the site you are creating a password for!) that will take your goal or reminder and turn it into a secure password, or you can simply add your own random characters. For instance:
The possibilities are pretty endless. Giving you both a motivating password, and a means to make it difficult to hack.
Now that I’ve reached my goal, I’ve changed all my passwords. Don’t forget to update your list of passwords. If you don’t have one, create one today. I have a computer copy, and a hard copy stored safely, and am working on putting together hard copies to keep off-site.
Do you use a motivator, or goal for your passwords?