Supplement your will power and discipline with these apps while you develop healthy habits.

Ajay Madhukar  |  Singapore
Published 2015-05-29 16:19:21

We all have good habits that we would like to pick up while letting go of the “horrible” stuff we do everyday.

If you’re serious about picking up a habit of either going to the gym everyday, reading a chapter of a selected book or eating a healthy meal everyday, then here are a few apps that could help you develop those healthy habits.

1. Forest: Stay Focused, Be Present

Image Credit: Play Store
Image Credit: Play Store

This app is different from your usual habit assistant whereby you don’t set up a bunch of habits that you would like to develop; but it helps you focus on tasks by getting you to plant trees.

Plant trees?

Well yea, every time you need to do a particular thing, you plant a seed, and every 30 minutes the seed grows into a tree with branches and then it eventually grows into a complete tree.

Over time, you can have a whole forest of trees that you could track and share with your friends for doses of motivation.

This app is available for free on Android but you have to pay for it on iOS.

2. Balanced

Image Credit: App Store
Image Credit: App Store

This iOS app adds elegance to your daily rituals with plenty of color and interesting transitions. This does require a bit of setup but it doesn’t consume a whole lot of your time.

You get to set up your habits (up to 5 if you don’t buy the upgrade) and you can swipe right every time you’re done with an activity.

Activities that you complete for the day will be pushed to the bottom of the list along with ones that you choose to skip for that day. It’s a decent app to record yourself on your journey of building healthy habits.

3. HabitRPG

Image Credit: Play Store
Image Credit: Play Store

This app is available on both iOS and Android and it’s a pleasure to use. Firstly, it offers a guide on how to use the app, it teaches you about the features of the app and you can choose to access the walkthrough anytime you want from the setup option (you’ll need it because this app is really quite thorough).

The app works more like a journal, you could choose a task and you record whether you’ve completed the task or not by selecting either green or red. You may even choose to skip the habit, if you want. If you’d like to add a note as to why you did or didn’t do a particular activity, you’re given the option to do so.

What really sets this app apart from other habit apps is its role-playing game feature. As you complete habits, you level up; or you lost HP if you fail. You can earn money when completing tasks to buy weapons and armour for your in-app character and compete with other friends via the app.

4. Just Another Habit

Image Credit: App Store
Image Credit: App Store

If you’re looking for an app without all of the unnecessary firepower, frills and fancies, then here’s an app for you. It’s pretty simple; all you have to do—actually, all you can do—on the app is that you can enter the habit that you’re interested in developing, and every time you complete it, you just tap on it to record your action.

However, you can only tap on it once for the entire day, so use it wisely. This app is currently available on iOS.

5. Coach.me

Image Credit: Play Store
Image Credit: Play Store

Currently available on both iOS and Android, this harnesses the strength of the community while you build your habits. You begin by finding what you’d like to do and then you’re provided with either featured goals or with plans that you can join depending on your needs.

Everyday once you’ve completed the task, you record it and you can even ask questions or answer other people’s questions that are related to that particular habit.

This app would be ideal for you if you’re the kind of person that needs to be cheered on by others.

Whether it is doing the same thing repeatedly for the next 21, 40 or 90 days, one thing is for sure, you need to do something “consciously” for a period of time in order for it to become your new “habit”.

Regardless of the habit-building apps that you choose to download, it still requires discipline and will power to develop and to grow your character. You should be willing to put in the time and effort for any change to happen in your life.

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