April 11, 2014
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Heartbleed

You may have heard about the “Heartbleed Bug,” which is a bug in encryption software used by the majority of the web, include many popular websites.

This is a very serious bug that if exploited can expose private information that you have exchanged with secure websites that are vulnerable to this bug. The bug was discovered by a team of security researchers and made public on Monday, April 7th. You can read more details about the bug and how to protect yourself here.

At Lift, we take your security seriously, and here’s what we’ve done to protect you against further exploit of the Heartbleed bug. We have reissued and re-keyed our SSL certificates. Third-party services that Lift relies on have patched their systems against this vulnerability. We have regenerated keys and passwords that we use to communicate with those third-party services.

We recommend that you change your Lift password.

Following best practices, we also suggest that you use a different password for each website or service, and the use of password manager software may help with this.

If you’re using Lift on the web (or on Android), you can go to settings to change your password.  Click or tap on your profile icon at the top right corner and choose “Settings” (if you’re logged in, you can get there directly via lift.do/settings).  Scroll down and enter your new password in the indicated field to change it.  (You don’t need to enter it twice, and you don’t need to enter the old password.)  Scroll down and click on “Save settings.”

​If you’re using Lift on iOS, tap “Me” in the lower right corner and then tap the gear setting at top right.    Scroll down to the “Password” field and enter your new password in the indicated field to change it. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email feedback+security@lift.do.

January 07, 2014
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Lift’s Blog is now on Medium

Follow our collection on Medium for the latest news and updates. 

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Release notes, product announcements, and behavior research. 

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Stories from the Lifters achieving their goals

November 20, 2013
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Announcing Lift for Android

Lift is now available in the Google Play store for any Android phone or tablet. Download Lift for Android now.

This is a fully functional version of Lift: coaching plans, simple goal tracking, community support, and reminders via push notifications.

Here’s what it looks like on my HTC One (I’m loving the phone and Lift on this phone):

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And here is what it looks like on a Tablet:

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Download Lift for Android and then let us know what you think.

November 14, 2013
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The Quantified Diet Project: Find the Healthy Plan That’s Right for You

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The diet industry is broken. Lift is going to fix this. 

Everything people think they know about diet is contradicted somewhere else. What diets work? What does it even mean for a diet to work? Weight loss? Long term health? Enjoyment?

We’re working with researchers at UC Berkeley to answer every question possible in the name of science. More importantly, this is in the name of helping you be the healthy, high energy genius you were meant to be.

If you want to participate, sign up here.

We’re bringing in our behavior design expertise, dozens of subject matter experts and over $100k in giveaways.

Details

Starting January 1st, we will make ten different 4-week diet plans available on Lift. The diets will cover all popular diet advice and then we’ll measure the results, along with our academic partners, in order to look at weight loss, difficultly, enjoyability, and effects on happiness and energy.

Here’s an example Diet Plan, written for the Paleo Diet. And here’s the full list:

  1. Paleo: eat like a caveman, mostly veggies, meats, nuts. Advised by Paleohacks and Nerd Fitness.
  2. Slow-Carb: lean meat, beans, and veggies; abstain from white foods like sugar, pasta, bread, cheese. Based on Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body.
  3. Vegetarian: vegetables, but no meat. Cheese and eggs are optional.
  4. Whole foods: eat only recognizable foods and avoid processed ones. Advised by Summer Tomato.
  5. Gluten-free: no wheat, rye, barley or wheat-based foods.
  6. No sweets: a simple diet change that affects your insulin swings.
  7. DASH: USDA’s current recomendation.
  8. Calorie counting: the old standard.
  9. Sleep more: the science says this should work. Advised by: Swan Sleep Solutions.
  10. Mindful eating: learn mindfulness to recognize when you’re full. Advised by ZenHabits.

Join by signing up here.

November 07, 2013
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Tips for Writing Your Coaching Plan

Writing a Coaching Plan takes about as long as writing a good blog post. Let me walk you through it

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November 07, 2013
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What’s a Coaching Plan?

Now you can help others reach their Lift goals by writing a Coaching Plan. Anyone can create a plan at this link:

https://lift.do/plans/new

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October 02, 2013
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Be a Lift Coach

Do you have a skill or expertise that you’d like to share with the Lift community?

Starting today, you can create a Plan on Lift to help others achieve goals that you’ve already mastered. Plans are guides that tell you the daily steps to take to reach a goal. Writing one takes about as long as writing a good blog post. Let me walk you through it. 

What’s a coaching plan?

In Lift, a coaching plans give you daily instructions to help you
reach your goals. Followers of a plan will see the first instruction on Day 1 and unlock the next instruction each time that they check-in.

Here are some examples:

View All 41 of Lift’s Featured Plans

What are you great at? What change have you made that you’re proud of? What skill do you have that you could teach someone else? 

Get featured

You can share your plan with your friends whenever you want. But we’re also looking to feature high quality plans with the entire Lift community.

After you create your first draft, you may hear from us with suggestions.

This is what we’re looking for:

  • A specific goal with clear instructions to get you there. Be sure to explain terms that the average person wouldn’t know.
  • Coaches who can be active and responsive to feedback from people taking the plan.
  • Small actionable steps. Lift is based on momentum. Write your plan in a way that builds from something small to something large.

Get started

Create a Plan: https://lift.do/plans/new
Coaching Plan FAQ: http://blog.lift.do/coaching-plan-faq
Tips for Writing Your Plan: http://blog.lift.do/plan-writing-tips

August 07, 2013
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Why is it so hard to drink enough water?

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Would you ever play a drinking game with water to stay hydrated? Some people do. That’s right, someone came up with a water-based version of beer pong to make it easier to drink enough water.

Drinking enough water sounds so easy yet it’s the second most common habit on Lift. How could something so simple be so hard?

We looked into the behavior design around drinking water to find out why and what we could do to make doing this habit easier.

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August 01, 2013
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9 Tricks to Get to Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero sounds like a myth when you first hear about it and a farce when you first attempt it.

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finally got to Inbox Zero earlier this year thanks to tips from experts and friends on Lift. I just added the habit back again after falling off the wagon in June and revisited the tips that helped me clear my email inbox the first time.

Tips from the Expert: Kelly Forrister

Kelly Forrister is Senior Getting Things Done (GTD) Coach with David Allen Company and leader of the Getting Things Done group on Lift.

  1. Be realistic about how much time you need each day for emptying your inboxes. Estimate is about 30 seconds to make a decision on each piece of input.
  2. Watch the “need to decide about…” emails that get stuck in your inbox. Do you truly just need to decide? Or is there some information you don’t have yet, that you could get, to help you decide and clear the email?
  3. Move your backlog out of your inbox. Deal with your backlog as a separate project from your day-to-day input. Pick a point in time you know represents backlog (two weeks old? two months old?) and get those all of the Inbox, to snack on as you can. There’s a good chance that the day-to-day will feel a whole lot less daunting and manageable.

Tips from the Lift Community

From people who have successfully reached Inbox Zero on Lift.

  1. Delete or archive emails you don’t need to read. This is an especially helpful trick on Day 1. It’s a quick way to reduce your inbox count plus seeing the unread mail count go down will give you a boost of momentum to tackle the rest of your emails.
  2. Unsubscribe from newsletters. It’s such a pain to go through the unsubscribe link for each newsletter but you’ll save oodles of time not processing emails in the future.
  3. Set up filters. If you’re using Gmail, read this helpful guide .
  4. Filter emails with the word “unsubscribe” into a junk folder. I use this trick for my personal email inbox. This best kept secret in email is fallible but unsurprisingly, most important emails don’t include the word ‘unsubscribe.’
  5. Separate people from Robots: One of our engineers, Matt, filters automated emails he wants to read into a Robots folder. This way he can still read them but they don’t clutter his inbox. I started doing this, too.
  6. Don’t give up. If you fall off the wagon, don’t get discouraged, just get back on. Even experts like Kelly have bad days, which she sharedon Lift:

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How to Start the Habit:

Right Now: Take a few seconds to look at your email count. Don’t judge, just be aware of where you’re at.

Then: If you’re not happy with that number, check out the GTD site forfree articles filled with strategies to get to Inbox Zero and join theGetting Things Done group on Lift.

July 29, 2013
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Meditation is For Everyone

A Doctor, a Lawyer and a Community Manager walked into a bar. They skipped drinks, sat down and started meditating.

I reconnected with college friends this weekend. One is a doctor in his first year of residency. Another is working at a big law firm. I’m working at a startup in San Francisco.

Our lives are so different nowadays but we found a surprising habit in common:

We all meditate.

Each of us has different reasons for meditating. We practice different styles, use different tools, and meditate at different times of the day.

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