Build bet­ter habits

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By ALAN HENRY

IF YOU’re ea­ger to build bet­ter habits this year, or start do­ing some­thing you’ve been mean­ing to, Lit­tleBit for iOS can help you get started.

The app en­cour­ages you to make progress to­wards your goals ev­ery day, take pho­tos to com­mem­o­rate your progress, and awards you “bits” for con­sec­u­tive wins.

Lit­tleBit may come off look­ing like an­other goal track­ing app at first, but the beauty is in the de­tails. For one, as you take pho­tos of the things you want to do ev­ery day — go­ing for a walk, for ex­am­ple — you build a beau­ti­ful gallery of con­nected pho­tos, all of you achiev­ing your goal, that you can re­view when you need some en­cour­age­ment, or share with oth­ers.

The app adds gam­i­fi­ca­tion el­e­ments to your habit-form­ing, too, by re­ward­ing you “bits” for ev­ery suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion you rack up. If you miss a day, it’s no big deal — but if you miss con­sec­u­tive days, you’ll start to lose bits. The app is built to dis­cour­age you from feel­ing ter­ri­ble just be­cause you missed a workout, or a walk, for ex­am­ple.

When you col­lect 21 “bits,” you’ve formed a “habit,” and while you can keep track­ing, the app will con­grat­u­late you for stick­ing to your goal.

Lit­tleBit only tracks one thing at a time, forc­ing you to fo­cus on build­ing that one pos­i­tive habit. It’s per­fect if your goal is to workout ev­ery day, or go for a walk in the af­ter­noons, or watch ev­ery sun­rise, or take a new photo ev­ery day, for ex­am­ple.

The app is avail­able now for US$3 (RM9) in the iTunes App Store. — Life­hacker/McClatchy Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.