It’s a good practice to change your passwords ever so often. If you’re working at a company with IT staff, they’ll probably force you to change your password every month. This is supposed to increase security, but in reality it decreases as people build a system for themselves to help remember what this month’s password was: J@n*05/2015
Since people change their password but not their own formula, changing password adds absolutely no increased security: even first graders can hack the current mutation given an earlier password.
So here’s the idea: stop using a fixed formula, but use phrases that motivate you!
Every month, pick one small goal for yourself. Just a small thing. Something you want to be better at, something you need to build up some courage to do so, something small you want to change. Then, motivate yourself by using that as a password. Since you’ll be typing it multiple times per day, you’ll motivate yourself to actually go do/change/forget/forgive it. It’s like your little personal life coach, whispering a single small goal you can accomplish this month, in your ear, multiple times per day.
Use this system for a year, and I promise you you’ll be happy you did. Here’s a couple to spark your inspiration:
… Yea, had to learn the hard way on that last one…
Feel free to inspire others too, share your favorite motivational password in the comments below!