Today I was talking to someone who is both training for a marathon and writing chapters for a book (and has a full-time job and kids...). She has been having trouble making progress toward her goals....
So she found this website http://www.stickk.com/ and has set herself up with a contract for getting her book chapters written. You can do this for any goal, including health and wellness goals like quitting smoking or losing weight.
The stake for this woman is that if she does not meet her deadline, her credit card number will be used to donate $100 to a charity she does not support.
There are ways you can set long- and short-term goals, and you can have checkpoints along the way. You can also designate referees and supporters to assist with the process. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, you enter that amount and when you want to do it by. You also decide how often you want to check in, and how much each check in is worth. So let's say you want to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. You could set it so each week if you don't lose 1 pound, your credit card is charged a certain amount of money. You determine who the money goes to---it can be a person you know (friend or foe), or a charity.
What do you think? Could this help?