I recently heard about the Way of Life app from Tim Ferriss’s recent podcast discussion with Kevin Rose and want to share it with you all because I’ve found it really useful.
In a nutshell, the app lets you create a list of things you want to do or don’t do, asks you each day whether you did them, and displays a visualization showing how well you’ve done.
For example, here’s my current list:
- Eating a Healthy Breakfast (good) – Usually scrambled eggs + guac.
- Practicing Yoga (good) – I tried a bunch of stretching and yoga apps and ultimately settled on the extremely well done Yoga Studio.
- Meditating (good) – I’ve been experimenting with this for a few weeks and am trying to stick with it long term. I use the Calm app though have heard Headspace app is great too.
- Eating a Salad (good)
- Drinking a Sugary Drink (bad) – Trying to continue December’s drink-well challenge
- Eating Out (bad)
- Exercising (good)
Here’s what it looks like in the app – green means I performed a good habit or avoided a bad habit:
The great thing about the app is that it only takes about 20 seconds to go through and fill out the report each day so I never find myself being too busy to fill it out. Also, if I haven’t gone in and updated it by 9pm each day, the app sends me a notification to remind me.
Knowing that I’ll have to report each day how I’ve done has definitely improved my habits and (surprise surprise) I feel healthier as a result.
If you’re struggling to build habits, I highly recommend checking it out.
Nice! For the last couple months I’ve been keeping a paper-based habit list because I haven’t found an app that I really like. I’ll have to give this one a shot.
Nice – I’d love to hear how effective it is for you compared to your old system after you’ve tried it for a while.
February Fitness Challenge, January Results – Matt Mazur