Most of us have downloaded habit-forming apps with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t equal self-improvement, and now those apps are just taking up space on our phones. If you only get things done when you’re forced, here are 10 apps that have found creative ways to nag you all the way to better habits.
“Drink more water” is a pretty popular self-improvement goal, and before you ask—no, your margarita at happy hour doesn’t count. Being dehydrated comes with a whole host of negative side effects, but luckily, WaterMinder is perfect for reminding you to get your 8 glasses daily.
Coach.Me forces you to form any number of good habits…lovingly, of course. Created by a doctor, the app reminds you to do various tasks that are completely customizable. So, let’s say you set a goal to meditate for 10 minutes per day, every day—the app remembers when you meditate and sends notifications if you haven’t been keeping up with it.
Go to Bed (iPhone)
For iPhone users, Go To Bed is the app to have if you need a reminder to get enough sleep every night. Stop waking up every morning saying, “I should have gone to bed earlier.” This app encourages you to sleep, tracks your sleep progress, and even has a game where you can compete with friends. Stop staying up late and wake up refreshed with Go To Bed.
Craving to Quit (Android/iPhone)
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you, but quitting is easier said than done. Craving to Quit was developed by Yale University to help make the process a little bit easier, though. It helps you stay motivated by providing you with videos, exercises, and an online support community. Best of all? It’s a program that’s 100% evidence-based.
Posture Reminder (Android)
Good posture is definitely not the most exciting good habit to develop, but slouching can cause significant back problems down the road, so nip it in the bud with Posture Reminder. The idea is incredibly simple—posture notifications sent throughout the day—but it’s exactly what some of us need to sit up straight and stop back pain before it begins.
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