April 3, 2013
People will always need a nudge in the right direction, a way to overcome procrastination and “get things done”. The easiest way to constantly do the things you need to has always been to have some kind of keeping track of progress method. Small wins are the best motivator yet, and developing a good habit means staying the course and constantly doing the necessary steps.
If only there was an easy way to keep track of your goals and your daily progress…oh wait, there actually is: Way of Life is one of the better iPhone apps that aims at doing just that: help you build a good habit (and bonus included: help you break a bad habit).
I’ve been testing Way of Life for a few weeks now, created 3 goals/good habits to maintain (the maximum goals allowed by the free version of the app) and the results were “as advertised”, so to speak. The app shows you an introductory tutorial at the beginning, helping you to familiarize yourself with its interface and settings, then you’re off to actually using it.
In short, you get the options to update your goals (or habits, whichever you want to call them) on a daily basis, selecting one of three outcomes for them: Yes, No or Skip. This way you can keep track of your progress for that habit and I especially like the Skip option (for example, you probably won’t exercise/work out each day, so it’s nice to be able to pass on the days when you’re not supposed to do that step).
The interface, as you can see, it’s pretty straightforward, you can also update your progress for the day before, if you forgot to.
One thing that I found to be lacking is the ability to update the progress for days earlier than yesterday. But that’s a design feature, not a bug, probably to “force” you to actually learn to update it each day, so I can live with that.
You can check your habits trend after you’ve entered data for a while and there are some more options you have at your disposal, to set a couple of preferences.
The app is free and doesn’t require an account for using it (a thing I always appreciate, especially when testing apps that I don’t know if I’ll be using in the future as well). There is, of course, a paid option available ($4,99), which has the main selling point of allowing you to create unlimited goals and track them, also getting rid of the ads in the free version.
I’d list as competitors Everest and Well app, both shining in this field of habits/goals tracking apps. They do have slightly different focuses, Everest more on life goals and Well more on list tracking, but they are both free and gained a lot of users since they launched. Another good example is the Habit List app, although this one isn’t free (just about $1.99 at the moment).
However, I found that Way of Life was best suited for tracking every day life habits (don’t mind the testing ones from the pictures, you can use it for things like “drink more water” or “give up smoking”, higher goals I might add).
Way of Life is a good way to start tracking your life habits, and its starting free price makes it a no-brainer recommandation
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