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How can I implement a Seinfeldian Chain on my website?

Asked by drdoombot (8095 points ) July 30th, 2009

I love the idea of a Seinfeldian Chain (http://lifehacker.com/software/motivation/jerry-seinfelds-productivity-secret-281626.php) as a graphical tool to motivate you to keep doing those actions you need to do everyday, like exercise or write.

Of course, being the internet geek I am, I don’t want to do it on a paper calendar; I want it online! Here is an excellent one, done beautifully in AJAX: http://smarterfitter.com/chain

Now, I could just use the SmarterFitter website and create a number of chains for myself for different actions, but I’d much rather implement something just like this on my website. I’m not a programmer but I am a computer power user and I know my way around my web hosting control panel (Cpanel) well enough.

Is there a way for a non-programmer like myself to get something like this on my website without having to pay someone to program it for me?

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PapaLeo's avatar

Never heard of the “Seinfeldian Chain” until now, even though have been practicing it all my life.

Want my honest opinion? It sounds to me like the whole “I don’t use paper, I want it online” argument is simply a ploy to delay doing what you know you have to do. The reason the paper calendar on the wall (“post it in a prominent place”) works is 1) it’s simple, 2) it’s easy, and 3) it’s visible.

Just do it.

drdoombot's avatar

If it wasn’t clear from my first post: I’m already using the SmarterFitter chain for a couple of actions, but I’d rather have them hosted on my own website.

gggritso's avatar

I don’t know of any way you can get this on your website without being a programmer. This relies on pretty heavy JavaScript I’d imagine. You may have to commission someone to program it for you, but if you love the idea so much you might want to invest. This isn’t a terribly difficult project, and I bet if you post your idea on a freelance job board like Freelance Switch you can get it done for a reasonable price.

abhimanyu's avatar

Perhaps if you could indicate your great interest in this tool to the coder on the Smarter Fitter site, they could share the code with you to allow you to implement it on your site. Good luck!

koanhead's avatar

Well, Javascript is client-side code, and the XML part may well be client-side data. Look at the source code of the site with Crtl-U. Copy and paste it into an editor if you need to. Examine the code and see how it works. If you understand Javascript you may be able to adapt the code to your needs or understand from it how to get your own project going. If you don’t savvy Javascript you will probably need to hire someone.

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