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https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/1/2/18158989/habit-tracking-apps-new-years-resolutions

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Why habit tracking apps alone can't help you keep your New Year's resolutions
Maybe a couple of mornings a week, I manage to be the person I most want to be: I rise when my alarm goes off. I go to the gym for a 6:30 spin class. I meditate. I take my vitamins. I make my bed and pack a lunch to take to work.

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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 be...

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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; 
  • que...

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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;&nb...

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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 d...

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“There is not an app that gives you some magical ability to change. The way that you change is you spend the time necessary to look at the change you want to accomplish, to try and figure out each ...

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