How to Be Perfect: Tech Review of 2 Habit Tools
Habit tools are software applications that help you create habits. A habit is a behavior or routine that helps you achieve your goals and improve your life. There are many different types of habits, but they all have one thing in common – they’re designed to make it easier for us to stick with our new behaviors over time.
There’s no doubt that creating good habits is incredibly important.
But what if I told you there was a way to automate the process? What if I told you there were programs that could do everything for me?
Well, now you’ve got something better than a cup of coffee! You’ve got the technology needed to build yourself into a machine!
You see, today’s world is filled with distractions. And while some of these may be unavoidable (like traffic), others are not. For example, I once had a boss who would constantly check my email. At times, I felt like I couldn’t concentrate because he kept sending me messages. So much so that I actually stopped working on projects altogether just to avoid him checking up on me every five minutes.
I’m sure you’ve experienced similar situations at work or school where someone keeps trying to get in touch with you via instant message or phone call. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel a strong desire to respond or even just to answer immediately. Today’s world is full of instant connections; the more we have, the more we want. It’s sort of like cocaine, actually.
It doesn’t stop at social interruptions, though. There are so many other ways that we as a society have created that take our attention away from the important things in life.
No matter who you are or where you work, you’re probably bombarded on a daily basis with information and tasks that pull your attention away from what’s truly important to you.
If you’re anything like me, you might feel that you never have enough time in the day to get everything done. “Overtasked and underworked,” as they say.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an assistant that automatically did everything for you so that you never had to worry about forgetting important tasks again?
What if I told you that there was software that could do all of these things?
Well, there is. And they aren’t just some empty promises either; they’re complete automations that will greatly improve your life. You won’t be missed.
Habit-building software, sometimes called habit-building apps or just habit apps, are programs specifically designed to help you create better habits. The best part is that most of them are completely free.
While they all work in slightly different ways (depending on the type of app), the main thing to know is that all of them require a bit of discipline and self-control on your part. I’ll go into more detail about each specific type of habit app, but for now just know that none of them will do all the work for you.
Before getting into the different types of habit-building software, let’s go over a few ground rules to ensure that you get the most out of these programs:
Be realistic. Don’t try to create a habit that is too advanced or complex for your current ability. For example, I was once trying to build the habit of doing fifty push-ups every morning. As I went through my day, I would think to myself, “I’m going to do fifty push-ups as soon as I get home.” Soon enough, it was around dinnertime and I still hadn’t done my push-ups.
It wasn’t that I didn’t have time to do them; I just kept thinking that I’d have time later. As you might guess, I never got around to doing them that day.
To combat this problem of overambition, start out by breaking your habit down into smaller, more achievable parts. In my case, I would have been better off starting with a goal of five push-ups, then building up to twenty, then forty, and so on.
It’s also important to start small because you don’t want the habit to be too difficult or tiring. If you do something like run a mile on day one of your exercise program, you’re probably going to be so sore for the rest of the week that you won’t stick with it. Start small, then build up.
Make it easy to do. If you can’t remember your habit when you first wake up in the morning, your program is too complicated. If it’s too complicated it will take longer for you to form the habit. If it takes you too long to form the habit, you’ll get discouraged and stop trying.
I’ve noticed that I tend to be at my most tired in the morning when I wake up. This is when I like to do things that can be done in my sleep, so to speak. Reading and writing are good examples of activities in this category.
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