Well, we’re now half way through January. How are you getting on with your New Year resolutions? Still managing to stick to them? Given up already? I haven’t made resolutions this year, but I have set myself a few things to focus on. Now it’s all very well to say you’re focussing on something, but the challenge is to translate that focus into real actions. One of my focus areas is “healthy living” – there are a number of aspects of my life at the moment that I don’t think are very healthy, and I want to change them. It seemed very fortuitous that at a time I was thinking about how I could change these parts of my life I came across an intriguing sounding app – Way of Life. This app claims to be “The Ultimate Habit Maker & Breaker”, so I thought I would give it a go and see if it helped…
Way of Life – The Ultimate Habit Maker & Breaker is a beautifully uncomplicated app. It allows you to set yourself one or more daily targets, things you want to achieve (or avoid) on a daily basis. This could be anything from “do 30 minutes exercise” to “read a story with the kids” to “avoid chocolate” to “have 5 minutes me time”. Anything at all, as long as it’s something you can say you did or did not do it each day. Then each day you just take a minute to load the app and say whether or not you have done each thing. You can even set a daily alarm to remind yourself to fill it out. The idea is that if you do something often enough it becomes a habit – this app helps you focus on the things you want to become new habits (or habits you want to break).
The genius of this app is that it allows you to see at a glance, by week or by month, how many days you have achieved what you wanted (marked green) and how many days you didn’t. It also has a trend chart so you can see if your efforts are helping you to make progress with your goals or not. So if you’re struggling to change a habit you don’t feel really bad for messing up one day, because you can see how many other days you were successful for.
I’ve initially set myself two goals – in bed with the lights out before midnight each day, and no sweets or chocolate each day. The app is really working for me because several times I have avoided chocolate or rushed to bed just to avoid getting a red mark for that day!
The app is a free (ad-supported) download from the app store, and initially allows you to set yourself a maximum of 3 goals. If you wish you can pay £2.99 via an in-app purchase to remove the advertising and enable an unlimited number of goals. I could tell within a day or two that the app was going to be very useful and so was happy to pay for it, but I appreciated being able to try it at no cost. The app is iPhone only, but will run on the iPad in compatibility (2x) mode. It doesn’t synchronise your data between devices so I recommend just using it on one device or you’re going to be duplicating effort.
If you need a little extra help sticking to your New Year resolutions, or even if you’re just interested in tracking how you’re getting on with them, Way of Life – The Ultimate Habit Maker & Breaker is the app for you.
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