Ready to try Signpost?

Hope you’ve had a good week since we last spoke on Jan 18th. Where does the time go?

Things have been busy for me here in California, with a ton of progress made on readying the trial of the brand new Signpost, which I told you a little about last week.

Signpost incorporates more or less everything I’ve learned about managing emotional wellbeing over the past ten years into one neat package, designed to help you take simple, practical actions to take better care of yourself.

You use Signpost on your phone once a day. Daily text messages prompt you to report how you’re doing emotion-wise, via a brief 10-item questionnaire.

Then you’ll hear me giving you about 90 seconds of feedback, tips and advice, customised to your current state of mind. There’ll be new feedback every day.

Signpost also stores your daily questionnaire scores, showing them on a graph, to which you can add notes of explanation.

We’re pretty close to starting a seven-day trial, for which there is obviously no charge, so I’d now like to invite you to register your interest in taking part.

You’ll find a short sign-up form here:

I’m probably going to need to phase in people as they start the seven days, because I’m sure there will be teething troubles with the systems. But I promise you that if you volunteer, you’ll get a chance to try Signpost quite soon. Maybe as early as next week.

You’ll also earn my planet-sized gratitude for helping me get this new show on the road.

17 thoughts on “Ready to try Signpost?

  1. Your message talks about using signpost by phone and gives the impression that it can only be used by phone, however the survey asks what phone tablet or device we plan to use for signpost.

    1. You’re right to have spotted that, Anne. I think the ideal situation will be to use Signpost on a phone, but at this stage of the game it will indeed be useable on other devices such as a tablet/laptop/desktop computer.

      One reason for trialling it like this is to fully understand how people would like to use it, so that these wishes can be accommodated as Signpost evolves. Thank you for raising this.

  2. Hi Jon,
    Happy to help trial anything…within reason! Especially if it helps you and everyone else overcome the daily onslaught of depression.
    Hope it is as successful as Moodscope and Moodnudges! 🙂

    1. Love your enthusiasm and willingness, Karen. Always good to have limits about what you’d do, though!

      I know we’re all going to learn a ton by experimenting with Signpost, and I’m looking forward to getting it underway, evolving it as we go. Thanks for pitching in.

  3. Hi Jon
    I am more than happy to trial Signpost for you, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to do this. I am sure this will be yet another great tool for those who struggle with mental health to access. Good luck !

  4. Hi Jon,
    I’m with Anne, I don’t use a cell phone, but do have a Kindle Fire, will I be able to use Signpost? If not, I’ve enjoyed our “meetings” and wish you the best with your new venture.

    1. Ooh, that’s an interesting one. If the Kindle Fire can take to a website, and play audio (which I’m sure it can), you should be able to use Signpost with/ on it.

      The cellphone side of things is simply a way to send people a reminder to engage with Signpost. Perhaps we could find a way to do this by email for those who don’t use a cellphone… One to consider.

      Thanks so much for raising this thought, Bev.

  5. Hi Jon,

    I pick up your messages when I go to the public library about 4 times a week. It’s just 10mins walk from my house. I don’t carry a cell phone. I’ve enjoyed moodscope and moodnudges and I’m in a much better place these days. so thank you. This may be the parting of the ways, I don’t feel I need such an advanced system as Signpost.

    1. Thanks for explaining how you pick up your email messages, Hazel. I’m honored that you do this when you visit the library. Also, I love that you get a 10 minute walk (and back) every time you check your email.

      I think a lot of us would benefit from that kind of exercise/delayed gratification system!

      Even better, I’m happiest to hear that you’re feeling in a much better place. Seriously well done to you.

      Please don’t abandon all hope for Moodnudges, though. I think I’m going to try to keep up a weekly email, more along the lines of what you’ve been used to over the years. Watch this space, perhaps.

  6. Hi Jon,

    I just used ‘signpost’ for the first time and it was really cool!

    Even though, currently I am in very good spirits (I don’t mean that I have been drinking!), I really enjoyed the message that you left me regarding my score.

    Despite scoring 96 which sounds great, I felt even better afterwards!

    It’s a great tool for monitoring how you feel and in time it will be able to give you insight into what lowers your mood and what picks you up, which sometimes you are not able to recognize.


    I love it!

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Paul. Others may be scratching their heads, wondering how you’ve been able to experience Signpost and they haven’t, yet. Now I can come clean and explain that you’re one of the first twelve Signpost pioneers (selected at random!). I’ll be introducing others in waves over the next few days.

      Actually, lots of people have volunteered to try Signpost – over 200 in fact – so we’ll hopefully gather lots of useful feedback.

      I’m delighted to hear you found your first experience a successful one, and thanks so much for your welcome enthusiasm.

  7. I didn’t think I would… but I am really enjoying hearing your voice, Jon, and your sound (!) advice, it really does feel absolutely personal. Keep up the good work, and thank you for your support Fran in France

    1. Ah, that’s good to hear, Frances. Thanks for letting me know. I’d been hoping that the idea of sound advice (as you so neatly put it) might work, but you never know with this kind of thing until you try it.

      I’m delighted, and will definitely keep going. Thank you for kindly being willing to experiment!

  8. Hi Jon – your email yesterday mentioned that some people hadn’t been receiving their daily prompts and that you’d made some changes to fix this. Unfortunately it seems that the fix may have broken my daily reminder which should have arrived at 09:00 GMT today. Just teething problems I imagine 🙂

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Peter. Will look into this today, and hope that this kind of thing may be temporary. It’s the first time I’ve experimented with automating text messages at reasonable scale, so I’m definitely learning as I go!

      Great to get this kind of feedback, though: it’s very helpful.

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