GivenÂ the New Year just started I decided to install a new Habit Tracker on my phone. Â Â I’ve used them before but it had been about a year ago (clearly I didn’t use it very well) and I figured I would see what was available. Â After doing some research through Lifehacker.com (one of my favorite sites) Â I found that they recommended HabitBull as one of their favorites. Â I downloaded it to my phone and got started making some good habits.
I knew I wanted to add the following habits:
- Meditate in the morning
- Take a self-inventory at night
- Do planks and crunches in the morning
- Write at least 100 words on my blog per day
I found the app prettyÂ intuitive and easy to navigate. Â It was easy to add several differentÂ habits to keep track of. Â Below are the steps I took to add two different types of habits to track.
To add my morning meditation habit I clicked on the “Add” icon at the top which brought me to an Add Habit screen. Â I selected the Habit CategoryÂ ofÂ Self ImprovementÂ and then selected Meditation for the Habit Type I left it at Yes/No. Â I added the Habit Name as Morning Meditation, left all of the other settings as the defaults and clicked on Done at the top. Â The app then went back to the main screen and it had my new Habit – Morning Meditation at the top as one of the drop-downs. Â Since my first three habits: meditate in the morning, take a self-inventory at night, and do planks and crunches in the morning, were all Boolean events, I can add them the same way.
Next I wanted to add my blog habit. Â However, rather than have a Boolean event (either completed or not completed), I wanted to actually put the amount of words that I completed for my blog each day. Â That way I could track the amount of words written, see trends, etc. Â Also, it’s amazing how it works when IÂ only commit to write 100 words. Â It’s not a daunting task to write 100 words as opposed to a whole blog article, but I’ve found that once I start writing I usually write far more than 100. Â The trick is to not get overwhelmed with starting the task, which the 100 words goal does… Â To add the blog habit I clicked on the Add icon. Â In the Habit Category I selected Work & Study and then Writing. In theÂ Habit Type I selected With a Number. Â In the Habit Name i added Blog / Website. Â I then went to When is a day Successful and addedÂ 100 in the blank before words. Â I then clicked on Done in the upper right-hand corner and my habit was added.
The app has several different options for viewing statistics. Â Below are just a few of the screens. Â I can see the streak that I have been on for each habit, the max streak, and the success ratio, among others.
Overall I’m impressed with it. Â I’ve only been using it for a few days but I really look forward to marking off each habit as I complete it which helps with my motivation to keep completing the habitsÂ every day.