Plan it


As we have been doing research for the first version of our app, one thing has become abundantly clear: people are much better at setting and achieving their professional goals than they are at their personal goals.

This isn’t just the normal annual/quarterly/monthly goals, it goes for the small things too.  Let’s say you run into someone in the hall at work that you haven’t seen for a while. You might say, “we should grab lunch, I’ll shoot you an invite.” There is a good chance that you’ll send them an invite and then it’s on your calendar - you know not to schedule something that day so that you can make your lunch (or if something does come up, you’ll most likely reschedule for another day as opposed to cancelling).

Now, let’s say that your spouse mentions that you haven’t gone on a date in a while.  What are the chances you’ll block off your calendar to make sure you don’t schedule something that will conflict with date night? Chances are, this doesn’t happen. Most likely, in a couple of weeks, you’ll realize that you still haven’t planned a night out.

In our personal lives, we often overlook the “very important” but “not urgent” things. I know from personal experience that calling every restaurant in town to schedule brunch for Mother’s Day the Wednesday before is not fun (homemade brunch at home anyone?). Ever stopped at the store on the way to a birthday party to pick up a gift (quick tip - keep tissue paper in your glove box)?

At goHappy, we want to build products that help you become more intentional in planning your personal life, and in the relationships that are most important to you. We also know that it’s often hard to do this. Coming up with good ideas to do with family, friends, or other important people can be difficult. Our goal is to learn about you, and these people, so that we can tee up highly relevant recommendations. It may not be our specific recommendation that you want to do, but it may be close enough to get your own ideas flowing.

Finding something cool to do isn’t the end goal. It’s about actually getting out there and doing it (and creating more moments that you want to relive - more coming on that). We know that committing to do something (and even getting it on your calendar) will greatly increase the chances that you do it. Getting out there and doing things that make you (and your most important people) happy will make you want to do it again - it’s a virtuous cycle.

This may sound aspirational, but we’re hard at work building an app to help you do just this (and many more products to come in the future).

In our personal lives, we often overlook the “very important” but “not urgent” things. I know from personal experience that calling every restaurant in town to schedule brunch for Mother’s Day the Wednesday before is not fun (homemade brunch at home anyone?). Ever stopped at the store on the way to a birthday party to pick up a gift (quick tip - keep tissue paper in your glove box)?