Building Healthy Habits [Productive App]
Building Healthy Habits
SUPERHUMAN SCORE: 8.7
Written by: Ben Meer | July 24, 2022
Track your habits and achieve your goals with Productive App.
A System For
Building Healthy Habits
Do your healthy habits crumble like a Nature Valley Bar?
If so, try checklists.
Doctor Atul Gawande writes in Checklist Manifesto:
“Under conditions of complexity, not only are checklists a help, they are required for success.”
If checklists can help doctors reliably execute under unimaginable pressure…
Surely, checklists can help you be consistent (and build good habits) in your daily life.
Enter Productive App.
INTRODUCING PRODUCTIVE APP
Productive App (iOS, Android) is a habit management tool. You'll gamify your habit-building (via prompts and visual streaks) for increased motivation.
Productive App has a Pro plan, but the free version will take you far. Most notably, Pro removes ads and allows unlimited habits ($3.99/month or $34.99/year.)
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Jerry Seinfeld, the famous comedian, wanted to write every day. So, he started marking the completion of each session with a big “X” on a wall calendar.
In the words of Jerry:
“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it, and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”
The “chain method” is one reason Productive App is so effective:
By tracking and seeing your habit streak (within the app), you'll hack your motivation.
Setup is simple:
- To add a habit, click the “+” button.
- Select from trending habits or customize your own.
- Pick a name, relevant icon, color, and frequency.
- Toggle “reminder” if you’d like a notification (recommended).
Pick 1-3 small habits and get started today.
Again, set notifications to prompt your desired habit.
Prompts like this are research-backed for influencing behavior.
Pro Tip: Productive now has an accompanying iWatch app. If you have an iWatch, mark the completion of habits directly from your wrist.
Productive has earned 4.5/5 stars in Apple’s App Store (83.3K reviews). The app is sleek and easy to navigate.
Btw, it’s unclear why the Android version has lower reviews. However, it might be worth exploring comparable apps (there are many).
BRINGING IT HOME
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” —James Clear, Atomic Habits
Upgrade your habit-building system with Productive App.
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All systems go,
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