5 apps to help you build your habits
In order to build your mental toughness you need to change your mindset and develop new routines and habits. Here are 5 apps to help you build your habits, courtesy of the immensely enjoyable lifehack.org
66 days is how long it takes to build new habits which is no easy task. So, it’s no surprise that 9 out of 10 people fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
While having the right motivation and purpose is the first step, relying on willpower alone can only take you so far. This is why we’ve suggested 5 useful apps to help you build new habits and achieve your goals.
Whether your goal is to build your mental toughness, learn a new language, or to simply reduce your stress, you can use the following tools to help you get there even faster.
For managing stress and anxiety
Stress is one of the deadliest and most common traits that lead to diseases and premature death. Luckily, it’s also something we can control, as long as we take the time to pause and slow down during our busy days.
This is what Pause helps you do.
You simply open up the app, and start to slowly follow around the circle that roams through your screen as it gets bigger. The premise is that by the time you’re done, you’ve rested your mind by focusing on something else.
A community of habit builders
Formerly the Lift app, Coach.me is not only a habit tracker, but a community. You can design a plan (or hire a coach for $15 per week), and share it publicly with the community for feedback and support.
Some people don’t like sharing their goals publicly, and they have the option to change your privacy settings inside the app as well. Overall, it is a simple and useful app to build new habits in your life.
Set, track, and build new habits
Habit List is another great app. While Coach.me is focused more on helping you achieve your goals, this app allows you to track new habits that you want to build in the simplest way possible.
You can create a new habit and set which days of the week you want to complete it, set reminders for yourself, and even skip habits while on vacation or taking time off.
Habit tracking, visualized
Out of all the habit building apps we mentioned, Strides takes the ribbon for design. It’s a beautiful and visual app that allows you to see all of your tracked habits and progress in one place.
In terms of functionality, it’s similar to what Habit List will provide you, except Strides helps you go in-depth with your different habits. For example, they ask you to choose which tracker is appropriate for the habit you’re building:
- Target Tracker
- Habit Tracker
- Average Tracker
The flexibility and diversity of trackers is what makes Strides stand out. For example, you can set a goal to say learn how to speak Spanish in 3 months (target tracker), then set a new habit to learn with a professional Spanish teacher 2x/week (habit tracker).
Peace of mind on-demand
As I write this post, I have Calm’s Mountain Lake background noise on to help me focus. You can use it for:
- Meditation guidance
- Gratitude practice
- Soothing background noise
- and more
There we have it – 5 ways to change your habits quicker to build your mental toughness or achieve your other goals.