A little less than a month ago I wrote a quickie on Habit Streak by Amimetic. I had planned to write about my success at about two weeks in, but I got caught up in achieving my longest streak. Inputting habits was pretty simple, I edited them frequently so that they weren’t two sided questions and therefore a quick mental response.
The habit I was guaranteed to succeed at was making my bed. This habit only required less than a minute of my day, unless my three your old was “willing” to help. This habit is my longest streak of 28 days. My other habits were less successful but I only missed a day or two in my streaks. Unfortunately your streak starts over when you miss a day.
The habit list that you can check into throughout your day to make sure you are keeping on top of your habits consists of 6 parts.
- The success indicator – changing color in relation to building a longer streak.
- Streak Name
- Current streak strength vs previous best
- Length of streak (IMPORTANT)
- Streak question phrased in a positive way
- Overall Success (proportion of successful days)
You can store your completed habit for the day to record when prompted on the next day. I found this helpful from time to time as at 6am when my reminder goes off to record my progress, sometimes the brain is a bit foggy. In the event your brain is not clear when marking your progress, you can go back and edit a streak at any time. A good thing to keep in mind after reading some other reviews on the app was that after adding new habits it is important to reset your reminders or you may get behind on recording progress.
I feel this tool is extremely helpful in the success that I have had in maintaining and starting habits. Often I start new things and they tend to fizzle after about a week. It helps keep me focused because I have a pop quiz every morning at 6am tracking my progress. There are other times you can set your reminder for, that’s just what works for me.
Now some of the habits that I just couldn’t keep a strong streak on I discovered were more every other or once a week tasks. The developer has other productivity apps that may suit tracking the success of those less frequent tasks further such as Task:Life and To-Do Log. Unlike habit streak these apps will cost you, but like they say “For the price of a coffee you could dramatically improve your life. ” Look for some quickie reviews on those apps later.