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Why habit tracking apps alone can't help you keep your New Year's resolutions

Why habit tracking apps alone can't help you keep your New Year's resolutions

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Why habit tracking apps alone can't help you keep your New Year's resolutions

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Habit-formation apps are aspirational tools

They're less about distilling your life into a series of data points and more about becoming your ideal self: If you use their app, you too can become a person who practices good habits. You can become someone who exercises and meditates every day and always drinks eight glasses of water.

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The 4 tendencies when it comes to habit formation:

  • upholders: disciplined and respond to both internal and external expectations;
  • obligers :can’t keep commitments to themselves but respond to expectations from others; 
  • questioners: ask why and can keep a habit if they understand the logic reasoning; 
  • rebels: hate being told what to do by others, so it has to be something they want to do.
Depending on your habit-formation tendency, habit-tracking apps may or may not work for you. 

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Habit apps use the psychology of habit formation

  • Many rely on a “streak” feature: they track how many consecutive days you’ve completed the habit;
  • Other apps offer accountability features to pressure you into completing your goal; 
  • Some apps turn habit formation into a game: The app rewards users who complete their habits with badges and other virtual incentives.

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When habit apps work

Habit apps can work, but only if you actively monitor the data from the app each day and use it to analyze how you can change:  if you actually use the device and take its data and turn that data into knowledge, then it can actually improve your odds of changing.

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