Building Habits with Streaks iOSEvan Travers
For the past two years, I have been habit tracking in my bullet journal. It worked very well for some habits… but others seemed to slip through my grasp. I pick up my journal at the start of the workday, so using the bullet journal as a habit tracker was less of a prompt, and more of a report. I also found I was prone to lie to myself about completion. 😓
Some things that have made it stick:
I am attempting to build three habits:
- Consistent quiet time in the morning
- A mindfulness minute at the beginning and end of the workday
- Writing my wife a thoughtful note.
I’m also trying to break one bad habit: messing with my phone before the other three are complete. 🤷♂️
Streaks can support all kinds of habits… but I’m focusing on the three that I believe will help me achieve my overall goals for the year. I’m also leaving out habits that are already habits… brushing my teeth, working out, etc.
I’ve deliberately created a timeline of notifications to help me fight the battle of an intentional morning. I think of them as a little sherpa, nudging me to stay on the path. Some targets:
- I wake up at 6a, so there’s a notification waiting for me on my Lock Screen to remind me to do First Things First.
- I usually wrap up my run/FitBod at 7a, so there’s another notification on my Lock Screen encouraging me to get into my Quiet Time.
Staring me in the Face
I really like the widget living on my Home Screen. Building habits creates action. Actions determine my future… so it’s important enough to demand the real estate every time I open my phone.
I really like the app… it’s well suited to help me battle for intentional, screen-less mornings. I am aware of the irony of using an iPhone app to promote a morning without screens… but it’s working.
I had played with it when The Sweet Setup first posted it, but I didn’t want to add another app to my world. ↩