Apps to keep me motivated for the long haul.
February 24, 2019 11:12 AM   Subscribe

I've been using this app to keep a gratitude journal, and I'm very happy with – this is the first time I've stuck with a gratitude journal for more than a week (57 day streak and counting). I'd like something similar to track "eating healthy", "drinking only in moderation", "working out regularly", stuff like that. Must be simple and encouraging. Suggestions?

I already use MyFitnessPal to count calories and I'm going to continue using it, but there is way too much going on in that app to answer the simple questions "Did I do a good job? Is my streak alive?" I would like something simpler. I'm not sure if I want a single app for all of these healthy behaviors or if I want separate apps for each healthy behavior (food, alcohol, exercise, sleep) so recommendations for all-in-one apps or individual apps are fine.
posted by Tehhund to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Perhaps Habit Loop can fill all your needs.
posted by dobbs at 11:21 AM on February 24, 2019 [3 favorites]

Daylio is more of a mood tracker, but it does have a "goals" function.
posted by darksong at 12:02 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I like the Streaks app for this
posted by nuclear_soup at 12:06 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I use Habitbull.
posted by Fig at 12:10 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Habitica adds an RPG gamification twist to keeping streaks alive. I sometimes get sick of the game and just hit the check boxes as appropriate, so you can make it as simple (no game play) or complex (quests with large parties you met in the tavern chat room) as you want.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 1:42 PM on February 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

Habitica. The more you keep up your streaks, the more points your character gets, and you get to outfit it with dressier 8-bit outfits, etc. You can also team up so that not keeping your streak harms others.
posted by WCityMike at 1:43 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

NSAID -- jinx.
posted by WCityMike at 1:43 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I did the free trial of Fabulous and found it too busy / notification heavy for my liking but it might be the all-in-one you seek. In the free version they give YOU the habits, probably in premium you can choose. Their suggestions were basic and good though-- drink water, gratitude journal, eat breakfast, and exercise.
posted by athirstforsalt at 5:53 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

For exercise, getting a garmin watch (forerunner 235) has been useful - it tracks heart rate, calories burnt, sleep, steps and running. I also then use smashrun which does more streaks and other gamification aspects. You can get more advanced models that do a range of activities and guided workouts.
posted by JonB at 11:14 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I also use Habit Loop. It is open source with no ads and a very clean interface.
posted by source.decay at 7:42 AM on February 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

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