Incorporating new habits into your life can be tough. Whether you want to begin a more rigorous exercise routine or simply drink more water each day, remembering and keeping up are challenges in themselves.
This is where a tool like Habitify can come in super handy. Habitify is an app that provides reminders, shows you your progress, and ultimately helps you form, follow, and even fix your habits.
Here’s everything you need to know about Habitify and how it can help you develop good habits.
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What is Habitify?
As mentioned, Habitify is a cross-platform app that helps you create and track your habits. And it employs a very easy process.
- Create a habit which can be anything from a health or lifestyle change to learning a new skill.
- Take action on your habit from the convenient reminder and then mark it complete in the app.
- Check your progress with easy-to-read charts and information that will make you proud of your performance.
Habitify has a simple model, right? But the app offers flexible, intuitive, and extensive features that make it stand out among ordinary habit trackers. So, let’s check out those features!
What features does Habitify offer?
The best way to explain the features of Habitify is to walk through the app interface. Access each area with the buttons at the bottom of the app screen.
The Journal area is where you see and mark off your habits. You’ll see each day’s habits, one week at a time and just tap the circle to mark one completed. You can also view previous days to see those habits you completed or missed if you like.
Tap at the top to see All Habits or those for a certain time of day like morning or afternoon. And if you set up many habits, you can hide those you’ve completed for a cleaner view of what’s remaining for the day.
If you tap on a habit, you’ll see further details regarding it specifically. You can check out your current streak, weekly goal, calendar of completions, completion rate, and performance. This is wonderful for looking at an in-depth view of your habits. If you want to make a change such as the time of day or the reminder, just tap Edit, make your change, and tap Save.
The Journal area is also where you set up your habits. Just tap the plus sign, give your habit a name, select the Repeat, Start Date, Reminders, and Time of Day, tap Save, and you’re set!
You have great flexibility when choosing those options for your habit.
- Repeat: Daily lets you pick the days of the week, Weekly lets you pick the number of days per week, and Interval lets you pick how many days in a row.
- Start Date is a simple one where you can choose the current day or a day in the future.
- Reminders defaults as enabled and set for 9:00am. You can disable the reminder or edit it for a different time. With the Premium upgrade you can add more than one reminder.
- Time of Day lets you decide between morning, afternoon, evening, or any time.
The Progress area is not only helpful but impressive for a habit tracker with as much information as you receive.
Starting at the top, you’ll see the Today’s Habits ratio which is great for a quick glance. Right below, you can see how well you’re doing for This Week, showing each habit with its number of completions.
Next, you’ll see your Completion Rate chart which you can view per week or month.
After that comes the Check-in Time graph and then the Daily Performance chart; both viewable for the last 30, 60, 90, or 180 days.
At the bottom, you can check your list of habits for this or last month, or this or last year.
How’s that for a lot of helpful data? You’ll never have to wonder again how many days in a row you completed that new habit you set up! All the details you need are there for you.
The next area for you to visit is the Settings section. Here, you can view and edit your account details, manage your habits, export data, enable dark mode, turn on the privacy lock, adjust the app badge, control your notifications, and more.
Note that some features, such as dark mode and the privacy lock, require a Premium subscription.
How is Habitify effective?
Now that you know the app’s purpose, how to use it, and have a clear picture of its features, you probably have one question. How is Habitify going to help me?
You won’t forget to complete a habit
What good is trying to form a new habit if you forget all about it? Remembering to take action on a habit, especially a new one, is half the battle.
According to Forbes, the cue or trigger is the first part of the habit structure:
This is the part of the habit loop where you are triggered to take some sort of action through a cue in your internal or external environment.
Because Habitify offers helpful and flexible reminders, you have that trigger you need for each habit, every day!
You can set up a reminder for your habit when you create it and edit it if you find that a different time works better for you. You’ll see that reminder pop up and know you have a small task to complete.
You’ll know if you should make a change
Having insight into your habits is essential for successfully building good ones. You’ll want to know how you’re performing and what does and does not work. It’s all about progress.
Progress is progress no matter how small. This is another powerful habit: if you can focus on progress, you improve both your happiness and your motivation.
Because of the enhanced progress tracking, you can not only see how well you’re doing at a glance but can drill down to the nitty gritty of each habit too. This lets you take action if needed.
For instance, you might see that you tend to ignore the new exercise routine habit on Sundays. So, change it to a different day that you are able to complete it and meet your goal for the week.
As another example, maybe you’re having a hard time with your habit of learning a new skill in the afternoon. Instead, change it to morning, evening, or even any time to complete it and accomplish that goal.
You’ll be more motivated
Positive reinforcement or reward is the best way to learn new habits and motivation plays a part in that. As Forbes puts it in another of their articles on habits:
Wins create momentum. To be inspired to create good habits or to break a bad habit, one needs to focus on daily wins.
Habitify seeks to help motivate you with streaks and completions that play into those “daily wins.”
You can see clearly on the Journal screen as well as the habit itself how many days are in your streak. So, if you set up a habit for every day, you’ll see how many days in a row you completed it. This can be an awesome motivator! If you see that you’ve completed a habit 20+ days in a row, do you really want to break that streak?
In addition, you can check out the Completion Rate chart described above in the Progress area. If you tap and hold on the indicator in the chart, you can quickly see your completion rate for the week or month. So, challenge yourself to have the highest rate you can!
You can use Habitify anywhere
An app that you use daily, several times per day, needs to be easily accessible when and where you need it. Who wants to keep swapping devices to get to the app they need?
For the simplest way to track your habits, Habitify is available for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Android, and the web. This means there’s no hassle to grab another device! Just head straight to the Habitify website to get the app for where you need it or use it right from there.
Habitify is available for free, so it’s a definite must-try habit tracker. If you enjoy it, find it helpful, and are interested in additional features for the app, you can upgrade to a subscription plan. That will give you extras like dark mode, privacy lock, and a Today widget.
Isn’t it time you change your habits with Habitify?
You can certainly try many habit trackers and maybe you already use one. But as a current user, I would highly recommend Habitify.
It’s available on various platforms, is easy to use, offers helpful data for your progress, and has absolutely no ads. So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time you change your habits with Habitify? When you do, pop back over and let us know how you like the app in the comments below!
Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time. Sandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
She loves technology– specifically – terrific games and apps for iOS, software that makes your life easier, and productivity tools that you can use every day, in both work and home environments.
Her articles have regularly been featured at MakeUseOf, iDownloadBlog and many other leading tech publications.