Habits – How Many Will You Hold On To and How Many Will You Change?
According to productiveandfree.com, nearly forty percent of everything we do each day is habitual. I hope I have more good habits than bad ones, but I think now in this fifth blog of the series, it’s time to explore our habits and the apps which may provide some help for all of us.
There are a huge number of apps for us to choose from today. We ask, “Is there an app to help me develop good habits or shrug off the bad?” No, there isn’t just one app; there are many apps to help us with habits.
1. Habit Bull
Habit Bull can help you “Easily break bad habits like smoking, drinking or nail-biting, or build positive habits like fitness, meditation or reading.” Jared Levenson tells us it takes 66 days to build a new habit. What better way to ensure success than utilizing an app created to track you for 66 days or more?
This is a free, flexible reminder program that lets you develop good habits. Habits require repetition. Habit Bull provides a reminder to keep you on track to develop the habit of your choice. Why leave things to chance when you can trigger a reminder to help you create a brighter future?
If you want to walk for three days during the week, Habit Bull lets you set reminders on selected days. If you want to meditate for half an hour each day, you can record your accomplishments in minutes rather than through Yes/No answers.
The app creates trends and graphs while it tracks your process to create that new healthy habit.
Habit Bull reminds you it takes 66 days to create a habit and gives you a progress bar. “Easily break bad habits like smoking, drinking or nail-biting, or build positive habits like fitness, meditation or reading.”
Habit Bull has over seven thousand reviews with an average of 5 Stars.
2. Productive – Habit Tracker
Productive was created for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch application only. The Productive app separates new habit creation into three categories:
- Or the most convenient time for you.
This app is highly selective in showing the preferred time chosen. It shows the AM reminders before noon only and the PM reminders during the afternoon hours only. They designed the app to force the user into incorporating new habits into their daily schedule as opposed to saving up or getting it over with early.in the day.
This free app will help you plan your schedule to create healthy new habits. You can set smart reminders during your day and analyze your daily, week y, and monthly progress. The software received a Webby Award for Best Mobile Site & Apple has featured the Productive App on iTunes in China, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Taiwan, and beyond.
You can increase the benefits by purchasing the premium features using monthly, quarterly, or annual payment plans.
This app has seventy-three thousand ratings with an average of 4.6 Stars.
Habitica is a free app for the iPhone, Android, or web. It takes good habits and converts them into something fun, like a video game you can play with friends. You can earn badges and battle monsters and hold each other accountable. If either of you cannot complete the reminder, you’re both penalized.
Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Flexible, social, and fun, Habitica is the perfect way to motivate yourself to accomplish anything.
Habitica scores 4.1 Stars out of 1.3K Ratings.
Strides is another goal and habit tracker. If you’re after a significant goal like losing weight or saving money reading many books about the subject, then you should look at Strides. This app looks at the total time to complete any task and breaks it down into milestones that are measurable and trackable. It creates your choice of weekly/monthly goals to keep you on track.
Imagine having all of your most important habits, routines, and goals together in one simple to-do list. Now you can. If you want to do something a certain number of times, Strides lets you set quantity goals. For instance, you can set a goal to do 5 laps around the block each morning or drink 2 liters of water per day.
Track anything you want with four types: 1. Track habits with a streak calendar. 2. Reach your targeted goal value by a specific date. 3. Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or rolling Average. 4. Complete a Project on time with milestones.
- 150+ templates, or create your own tracker
- Progress Reports with everything in one place
- Green/red pace line system to stay on track
- Charts with history, streak, success rate, and more
- Powerful reminders: Daily, weekly, etc.
- Unlimited reminders to set yourself up for success
- Add extra notes to your logs to give more context
- Get organized and create the perfect routine
The Strides app scores 4.8 Stares with 11.5K Ratings
Streaks is an app currently for iPhone users only. It’s meant to help you develop fitness goals. The plus of this app is that it hooks in nicely with Apple’s Health app. It tracks steps, measures heart rate, distance, and more. It’s simple, handling only six habits at a time, and has a very easy-to-understand graphics display.
One thing I like about this app is that if you break the chain of developing your new habit, the Streaks App will reset to zero, and you have to begin again. (That’s some powerful incentive.) You can purchase it through the Apple Store and through the Mac Apps Store.
6. Coach Me
The Coach.me app is available for iPhone, Android, and the web. It will coach you through forming athletic habits and training. You can see videos and even contact live coaches for hire. Specialized coaches are ready to give you personal help, advice, and accountability for as little as $25 per week and up. Or you can build a coaching practice by helping others and increase your income at the same time.
We found the actual value of this app in the community and coaching aspects.
In Google Play, this one scores 3.5 with 4,758 Ratings.
Habitify is a well-designed app and includes a simple and attractive interface that allows you to focus on what really matters to you. It allows you to set a string of daily routines and provides multiple reminders to help you succeed. Multiple detailed reports will assist you on your journey.
This app ranks at 4.1 Stars with 1,674 Reviews on Google Play.
If you want to add some incentive to your day, you may wish to choose the BeeMinder app. If you go off track in building your new habits, this app will take your money. Now, that’s an incentive! This one also allows you to track your progress with your Apple Health Data, allowing you to track your steps, distance, and other statistics without manually having to enter them.
You can purchase this one at the Apple Store, but it’s low on reviews. It lets you put real money on the line; if you cannot do a habit, the app will charge your credit card (and the amount they charge will increase each time you fail). There’s a free and a premium version.
BeeMinder rates 3.9 Stars with only 40 reviews.
SnapHabit is another community-oriented app for tracking progress both publicly and privately. This one allows you to post notes and pictures to track your progress. The fun part of this app is your ability to invite friends to join you on your workout or meditation journey. It’s free, and there are no hidden costs.
SnapHabit scores 4.8 Stars in the Apple store with 161 ratings.
Loop is a minimalistic, open-sourced habit tracking app for Android only. You can easily get back on track with life through daily reminders and insightful statistics.
Loop offers these advantages:
- Habit Score
- Flexible Schedules
- Control of Your Data
- No Limitations
- Ad-Free and Open-Source
- Works Offline and Respects Your Privacy
Loop scores 4.7 stars with a little over 41,000 Reviews
Choose Wisely and look for updates
There are a lot of apps available, and the selection in the app store is changing all the time. Scan your options or search under “HABITS” for the one best suited for you.
This is the fifth article in this series. If you missed the first four, take this opportunity to review them below:
6 Tips to Find Joy and Change Your Future originally published 5/19/2021
7 Immediate Benefits to Change originally published 5/21/2021
7 Steps to Achieve Your Personal Goals originally published 5/26/2021
Change Your Routine Up Weekly – Enjoy Life More originally published 6/29/2021