More than a standard goal setting app, Better Habits is built from the ground up based on the latest research in behavioral psychology and habit formation. It uses your own efforts to leverage further motivation.
Get hooked and watch as daily actions that were once impossible become effortless and automatic.
Better your habits, better your life.
Want a quick and painless way to get the lowdown on the best habit app in town? Take a look at this short 3-minute video where Better Habits users share their stories about how they use our habit app for forming habits, changing behavior and breaking bad habits. Discover that there’s no need for a goal setting app when your actions are effortless and automatic.
A habit is in every sense a living process. If you give it attention and take care of it, it will grow. If you ignore and starve it, it will die. The Better Habits app emulates this process with study-backed algorithms. When you perform reps your progress will grow; when you miss reps your progress will degrade.
We don’t embrace the ability to skip reps and thus skirt accountability. We also don’t embrace the traditional black-and-white, 21-days-straight-or-bust theory of habit formation. Even if you’re able to perform an activity for 21 days in a row, studies have shown that it’s typically not enough time to form a lasting habit.
Our one-of-a-kind habit app offers a flexible system that mirrors natural habit growth. The living progress bar is our way of keeping you accountable.
In Phillippa Lally’s 2009 Study, How are habits formed: Modeling habit formation in the real world, she concluded that the effort required to successfully form a habit is based largely on how difficult the habit is for the individual to perform. The Better Habits app allows you to select a difficulty level for each habit. The higher the level, the more reps needed to form the habit.
If you feel you’ve chosen the wrong difficulty level for your habit, not to fear, you can change it at any time. And if you think you need more reps after forming the habit, you can choose to continue on at a higher difficulty level. Fine-tune your process to find the difficulty level that works best for you.
Check out these great articles. They include some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on successful habit formation. This research is in the DNA of our habit app.
Better Habits is NOT a quick fix for building or changing habits. It gives you unbiased feedback and mirrors the challenging nature of actual habit formation. By approaching behavior change in such a manner, we give you the best chance to truly form lasting habits.
Streaks provide a good way to gain confidence-building bursts of progress during an attempt. Each consecutive day that you perform a rep, your streak will grow. Once you miss a rep, your streak will break and reset. You can compete against yourself by trying to surpass your best streak for each attempt.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Catch a couple of strong streaks and watch your progress fly.
Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to succeed on your first try. It’s normal to fail, and it’s completely expected. The problem is that once we fail we tend say “That’s it. I failed. Game over.” This is the furthest thing from the truth. Now that you’ve tried and failed, you’re much more likely to succeed with future attempts.
Better Habits represents attempts with small circles that grow around the rep button. It’s important to view your attempts as a representation of how hard you’ve worked. Embrace your failures – wear them like proud battle scars.
Breaking a streak might sting a bit, and failing an attempt can really hurt. It’s okay. These things are expected and practically inevitable. In truth, broken streaks and failed attempts are just steps in the habit formation process. Our overall progress graph helps you think bigger and widen your scope by illustrating the full lifespan of habit formation – failed attempts and all.
Lost a couple of battles? A lot of battles? Well good for you. That just shows how much you want this and how hard you’re willing to work for it. You will win the war as long as you continue to try.
There’s a lot to the Better Habits app, but it’s easy to get started right away. This video will show the basics and give you a preview of the app in action.
There are some habits you’ll only want to do on certain days of the week or a certain number of times each week. The Better Habits app lets you cross off days of the week in which you do not want to perform the habit. Once crossed off, you will not be penalized for failing to complete reps on those days. However, you will get ‘extra credit’ if you decide to perform reps on those days.
So what if you want to perform a habit five times a week, but not on any particular days? No sweat – just cross off any two days. Our algorithm will wait for you to miss two days in a given week before it penalizes you. Weeks start on Sundays and end on Saturdays.
The Better Habits app allows a maximum of three active habits at one time. This encourages you to take a focused, realistic approach to habit formation while also motivating you to finish active habits in order to make room for new ones.
Keep in mind this DOES NOT mean you can only have three habits in the app. Once you have three active habits, any new habits will be placed in a queue. Queued habits wait for a spot in your active habits list.
It’s also worth noting that you can combine multiple actions together into one habit. For example, suppose you brush your teeth, meditate, and make breakfast each morning. You can simply bundle these things into a morning ritual habit.
Ego Depletion Theory
Sticking to a Habit
Often times the hardest thing about starting a new habit is just that—starting. But findings published by Stanford University and others suggest a method to dramatically increase your chances of success.
The concept is simple: choose a habit that you would like to form and define a minimum action that you can commit to. A common example is flossing only one tooth. When you only have one tooth to floss, you are more likely to opt in to performing the rep. Once there, you may decide to floss all of your teeth, which is fine, but not required. The trick here is that your brain forms the habit regardless of whether you’re flossing one tooth or all of them.
Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab | BJ Fogg’s 3 Steps to New Habits
Multiple Mini Habits