The things that you do during the day can almost be divided into two categories: tasks and habits.
Today, let’s join the conversation about habits.
Certainly there’s no shortage of dialogue about habits in the productivity geek realm these days.
Remember a short while ago I recommended James Clear’s excellent free eBook about habits? Which was partly inspired by Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit. Gretchen Rubin, the Happiness Project author, (who I quoted last week)’s newest focus is habits too.
However, what really has me narrowing in on habits and tracking them currently is a podcast by Michael Hyatt about his morning ritual and this subsequent spin-off post by Jeff Sanders about his own morning routine.
So, what’s the deal with habits, you say, why be deliberate about them?
For you, this isn’t our usual focus here: the organization of space – rather it’s the equally as important organization of your day and your mind. If you can organize your habits and track them you’ll have a greater success with both personal growth and goals.
Now, tasks can be organized in task manager systems like Apple’s Reminders or my newest choice: Todoist, but I also find it motivating to track my habits (ala Jerry Seinfeld.) However, the inclusion of them in my task manager creates clutter and is distracting.
Enter another app category: the habit tracker!
Originally, I thought I would go on a spirit quest for you of habit trackers and show you the pros and cons of each one I tried, but I reminded myself that trying out a new habit tracker app every day was not the kind of habit I was trying to develop.
So after kicking the tires of a number of different options I returned happily to Habit List, an app I found through our friend MacSparky’s coverage of this genre of apps.
Habit List met all my qualifications of what I wanted:
- A clean and simple design. Includes the ability to set your list in a choice of five tasteful fonts.
- An easy interface to set the frequency of habits. It allows you to set habits for only certain days of the week, or intervals (ex. every 2 days), or non-specific days(1 day per week.)
- Ability to arrange the order of the habits in the list. Most of my habits right now are in the morning or in the evening, so naturally I like to have all the morning habits at the top of the list and then the evening ones at the bottom so I can check them off as I go. This is easily accomplished by clicking on the “<” in the main view and then clicking on the “all habits” center tab.
- I make this easier, by labeling each habit with its context first. You can see this in the first image above for example, “Morning: make bed.”
Now, I want to hear from you, what’s the positive habit that you’d like to adopt and “not break the chain”?