That's how long it takes to build new habits.This is no easy task. And it's no surprise that 9 out of 10 people fail to achieve their New Year's Resolutions.While having the right motivation and purpose is the first step, relying on willpower alone can only take you so far. This is why we've collected 5 useful apps (many of which we personally use at Rype) to build new habits and achieve your goals.We hope these are helpful to you.
For managing stress and anxiety
Stress is one of the deadliest traits that lead to diseases and premature death. Luckily, it's something we can control, as long as we take the time to pause and slow down during our busy days.This is what Pause helps you do.You simply open up the app, and start to slowly follow around the circle that roams through your screen as it gets bigger. The premise is that by the time you're done, you've rested your mind by focusing on something else.
A community of habit builders
Formerly the Lift app, Coach.me is not only a habit tracker, but a community. You design a plan (or hire a coach for $15/week), and share it publicly with the community for feedback and support.Some people don't like sharing their goals publicly, and they have the option to change your privacy settings inside the app as well. Overall, a simple and useful app to build new habits in your life.
3. Habit List
Set, track, and build new habits
Another great app we want to recommend is: Habit List. While Coach.me is focused more on achieving your goals, this app allows you to track new habits you want to build in the simplest way possible.You can create a new habit and set which days of the week you want to complete it, set reminders for yourself, and even skip habits while on vacation or taking time off.
Habit tracking, visualized
Out of all the habit building apps we mentioned, Strides takes the ribbon for design. It's a beautiful and visual app that allows you to see all of your tracked habits and progress in one place.In terms of functionality, it's similar to what Habit List will provide you, except Strides helps you go in-depth with your different habits. For example, they ask you to choose which tracker is appropriate for the habit you're building:
- Target Tracker
- Habit Tracker
- Average Tracker
The flexibility and diversity of trackers is what makes Strides stand out, since you can set a goal to lose 20 lbs (target tracker), and set a new habit to work out 3x a week (habit tracker).
Peace of mind on-demand
As I write this post, I have Calm's Mountain Lake background noise on to help me focus. Many people compare it to Headspace, which we've recommended in our happiness post here, but I personally prefer Calm because of its diverse functions.You can use it for:
- Meditation guidance
- Gratitude practice
- Soothing background noise
- & more
How do you build new habits?
We've shared with you our 5 useful apps to build new habits, but we'd love for you to share yours!
p.s - if you enjoyed this roundup post, you'll also love checking out 17 Best Productivity Apps That Will Boost Your Productivity and Happiness and 10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier.