The New Year comes with promises of new habits, so here are some apps that will help see you through the rest of the year—for both Apple and Android devices
Throw away the notion that habit trackers are dull and boring, because this app is inspired by and similar to an RPGtype video game. Each completed task will level up your customised avatar, and you can even join your friends to complete quests and missions together.
Developed by Yale University’s behavioural economists, Stickk creates a commitment contract for you and the app to reach any goal you input. For added motivation, you can even bet money on yourself, assign a friend or family member to check your data (all based on Thaler’s Nudge Theory, wherein it encourages people to make decisions that are in their broad self-interest).
Think social networking site but for habits—which means you can grow positively along with your friends (talk about peer pressure, right?) The app also comes with a real-time messaging option, where you can motivate your friends and be spurred on by them.
Designed to help you keep track and measure your sleeping patterns, exercise as well as time spent sitting, this app encourages you to develop healthier habits. Although skewed towards completely healthy habits and nothing else, the upside is that you get to focus on three things and not multiple ones at a time. You’d want to start small, right?
For those who prefer to micro-manage their progress, this app is perfect! Packed with feature-rich tracking abilities, like a detailed recording system, it can integrate with Googlefit and phone backup systems so you won’t ever lose your data. Not meant for those looking for simplicity, though!
If you’re one to need a real person to guide you in forming new habits, this app comes with the extra feature of hiring a habit or leadership coach—with extra cost, of course. The pressure and the price should be enough motivation, we reckon.