What’s going on with this experiment?

17th January 2019

Preparations for the Action Cures Experiment are now well underway. Here’s a little recap of the story so far…

Action Cures is the mantra I use to keep me thinking positively, keep me active, to keep me moving forwards.

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve been overwhelmed by anxiety and depression. And the fact that at any one time a quarter of us are tussling with this kind of stuff means that I’m not unique in this.

By filling my life with action I believe I can crowd out the negative thoughts that, at times, can lead my mind to places I can’t bear to be in.

It doesn’t always work, but I’m certain that doing nothing would leave me in a worse place, so here we are: Action Cures.

A couple of weeks ago me and a couple of friends started recruiting volunteers for the Action Cures Experiment.

Essentially, it’s going to be a cross between a habit calendar, a mood tracker and your own personal motivational coach.

You’ll learn what works for you, see the progress you’re making and we’ll make recommendations based on what works for other people.

You can read a bit more about it here.

And if you haven’t already, it would be ace if you decided to sign up (here).

Today, I want to share an update of what we have learned so far and what we’ve been up to.

As of this morning, 69 people have signed up. A bunch of them have shared their Action Cures with me.

You can see them here:

It’s amazing that, as humans, we have spent hundreds of years building and flocking to cities, developing mass transit systems and creating amazing technologies.

Yet the things we do to make ourselves feel good are so beautifully basic: getting into the great outdoors, running or walking and creativity.

One reader wrote that even just writing his list of Action Cures motivated him to get out and do them (and look how popular list making is on the word cloud!)

And that’s kind of the point of it all. We need actions and we need prompts to get on and do them.

Which brings me to what we’ve been doing to get the Action Cures Experiment ready.

Below are a few screen grabs of the wireframes that Paul (the chap tasked with actually building this thing) has been making.

These aren’t supposed to look pretty or use exact words, but help as a guide to how it will work once we get going.

I thought you might like a sneak peek.

When you first begin, you’ll be asked choose which Action Cures you hope to do in the coming weeks. It will work something like this…

Each day, we’ll then ask you how you feel and what you plan to do. Like this…

You’ll be able to pick as many, or as few, actions as you’d like. When you next login, we’ll ask you how it went…

You’ll be able to see how your various Action Cures are contributing to how you feel (in the example below you’ll see they’re not having a good day!)…

Finally we’re creating a calendar view of it all, so you can see your ups and downs in relation to your actions.

As you can see, it’s all quite rough at the moment, but hopefully you get the idea.

It would be great to get some more people onboard.

So, please, sign up today!

Together I’m hoping we’ll do something genuinely useful and truly beneficial to everyone involved!

Thank you!

Mark