Have You Already Broke Your New Year’s Resolutions? There’s an App to Help You Get Back on Track

Have You Already Broke Your New Year’s Resolutions? There’s an App to Help You Get Back on Track

Habit List for iPhone

Habit List for iPhone – Image from Apple App Store

Every year most everyone makes New Year's resolutions, looking forward to the promise of better health, finding love, or being more productive. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of us, we find ourselves looking in the mirror disgusted with ourselves for breaking our resolutions. And it's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon on January 1st. That didn't take long.

Lots of experts say that habits take several weeks to develop and become routine. If you want to become an expert in something, get ready for a minimum of 10,000 hours of practice. Yikes!

What's a person to do? There are lots of productivity / GTD apps that help you organize and plan your life by creating todo's and endless lists, but what about maintaining something that's going to make us better. Maybe you want to drink more water. You want to exercise more. You want to blog more. You want to eat fewer sweets.

Fortunately, there's an app for that. The Habit List is a remarkable iPhone app that allows you to schedule “habits” to develop your skills and keep you on track with your personal goals.

Habit List is very easy to use – simply tap the “+” to add a habit. You can enter a title, set a custom reminder, and indicate the frequency of said task by choosing specific completion days, by specific intervals, or on specific days of the week. You can also see how you're doing with a particular habit by tapping its title. There you can see a calendar of the days you've completed said task/habit and get stats for your overall success.

You can also set a global reminder for Habit List to remind you to check the app, which is a nice feature for those of us who need a little nudge every once in a while.

While not the perfect habit forming app, it does have a lot of great things going for it as mentioned above. I would like to see a couple of additional features:

  • The ability to share your progress socially – helping to keep you accountable
  • Having a daily counter – e.g. in the image above, it shows drink 8 glasses a day of water. You have to keep track of the individual glasses before completing that task. It would be helpful to have a way to set a quantity for a daily event. Maybe I want to eat five small meals a day or snack more for a health standpoint.
  • More stats – a page showing the global number of habits done instead of having to check each individual habit

If you're an iPhone user, I really recommend this app. The modest $1.99 price is a small amount to pay for an app that will help you get back on track and accomplish more of your goals.

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