This release includes a number of small changes:
- We’ve given groups more prominent placement, by moving them into the add habit area.
- We’ve given reminders more prominent placement, by adding an alarm bell to your habit screens.
- We’ve stopped supporting iOS 5 (if this effects you, please start using our web version).
Statistically, almost all of us have had trouble. That’s perfectly normal—we wish we could make immediate changes in our lives, but often we’re only capable of making incremental progress in fits and starts.
In past release notes I’ve talked about Lift’s behavior change model as a background for how we do product design. Today, I’m going to flip that around and teach behavior design as a personal debugging tool to restart goals that you’re having trouble with.
Can I get momentum by doing something smaller? If your goal is to workout for 30 minutes, then try starting with just 5 minutes. Once you get the routine down, you’ll have a lot more success expanding your effort. Almost all habits can be started with very small steps.
What is going to trigger me to do this habit? You could set an alarm or a reminder in Lift. But most habit designers will recommend that you tie your new habit to an existing habit. Write your goal down with the trigger included. Here are some examples, “I will set priorities when I sit down at my desk,” “I will floss after I finish brushing,” “I will put on my running clothes when I get out of bed.”
Can I make the habit more clear? There’s a big difference between “Eat healthy” and “Eat only low carb foods.” But you can get even more clear with yourself, “I will go to the gym for 30 minutes after I leave work.”