Good habits are the habits that are working as a positive influence in our lives. One way to help you stay focused on continuing to achieve positive habits is with the use of reminders. Reminders can help us stay on track and help motivate towards further success. You can use good old fashioned pencil and paper to remind yourself of your goals. But, these days digitally based reminders are almost easier because they can be used with your cell phone. Which let’s be honest, most of us have on our person at all times.
One way to use your phone to help you stay on track with good habits is to set a daily alarm. You can set the alarm for the time that works best for you. Like the time you will perform the habit, for example the time of day you go to the gym. Or, you can set it in the morning, as a general reminder to stay focused for the day. There are a plethora of free apps that work to help track good habits and routines.
Momentum is an app for Apple users that will track your ongoing progress. It also allows you to set weekly targets and take notes. This is useful because taking notes about your successes and your failures will help you to tweak your routines and optimize your results. There’s also smartwatches that automatically track your activity and exercise, you don’t even have to remember to log in to watch your stats.
Another favorite is an app called Streaks. This app encourages frequency of the behavior by tracking how many days in a row you completed your goal. There is no shortage of digital ways to stay motivated and track your successes and slip ups. Reminders are crucial to keeping up with good habits and routines. They can serve as the trigger to the desired behavior.
Triggers are the first step in habit formation. If you are in control of the trigger your brain needs to start the habit, you are far more likely to succeed in continuing it. Ultimately putting you closer to turning your new habit into your lifestyle. When a habit becomes a lifestyle it becomes who we are, how we live our lives. And in all probability, you won’t deviate from a behavior that is part of your lifestyle.