Time-tracking and productivity app Slife (previously covered on WebWorkerDaily) has just launched a new feature called Slife Rewards that lets you reward yourself for meeting various productivity targets. Set some monthly productivity goals for yourself, like “spend no more than 30 minutes on email each day” or “work on project X for at least two hours per day.” Track yourself using Slife, and if you meet your targets, you can reward yourself with either a gift from your Amazon wishlist (s amzn) or a charitable donation to a cause.
Slife Rewards require a Slife Web account to use. Additionally, each time you qualify for a reward, a $2 processing fee is charged. This processing fee seems a little strange to me; even though it is small, I think it would act as a disincentive for reaching your goals.
We’ve previously looked at many approaches for improving motivation, involving everything from using public accountability to setting time limits for completing tasks. In the short term, Slife Rewards could probably help curb some compulsive Internet fiddling and might help you break some bad habits, but I’m not sure that programs like this will keep you motivated in the longer term. Arbitrarily limiting YouTube (s goog) usage, for example, is probably not going to affect your productivity that greatly, because if you’re suffering from a lack of motivation and looking for distractions, you’ll just find them elsewhere.
Would Slife Rewards help to keep you on target?