May 6, 2020
If you’re working on creating a morning routine, but are having trouble sticking to it… relax.
You’re not alone.
Building new habits isn’t easy. Believe us, we had such a hard time sticking to our own fitness goals, we had to go ahead and build a whole app to keep us on track. But we’re not the only app you can use to improve your life.
These days, there’s an app for pretty much anything. As you work to make new habits a permanent part of your mornings, try swinging by the App store. Whatever daily habits you’re trying to build, there’s likely already a tool out there to help motivate you or keep you on track.
Here’s some of our favorites, that you can use to make your morning routine stick.
Habitica is a free app that’s turned self-motivation into a game. By completing your daily tasks and todos, your character earns experience. But miss one of your daily items, and you’ll lose health. It may sound a little silly, but for Habitica’s 2.5 million users, the gamification of their todo list helps motivate them to make a little progress, everyday. Give yourself a few minutes to check Habitica each morning, and you’ll find it easier to stay on track over the long term.
Chains helps you build consistency as you create new habits by giving you an easy, visual way to see how well you’re sticking to your new routine. Within the app, you can set up ‘chains’ for each new habit you’re trying to build. Every time you successfully do your new habit, you add a link in the chain. You’ll find that simply having visual proof of how well you’re sticking to your habit can be enough to motivate you to keep it up. Don’t break that chain!
For anyone with serious motivation issues, Stickk is here to help. The app gives you the ability to put money on the line in order to push you to complete your tasks. For example, you could set it up so that any time you failed to complete your morning routine, you would lose $30. What’s more, you’re also able to assign an accountability partner (more on that below) who will check to make sure you’re completing your tasks.
Similar to Stickk, Beeminder is an app that will charge you money if you fail to make progress towards your goals. The main difference is the app doesn’t offer you the ability to assign an accountability partner. However, between the two, Beeminder is perhaps the more user-friendly. So if you simply need motivation to get your tasks done, but don’t need a partner helping you out, Beeminder may be your best bet.
A common habit built into many people’s routines is sitting down every morning and creating a todo list for the day. This is a great way to keep your day organized and keep you on track. For this, there’s perhaps no better tool than Todoist. Here, you’ll be able to make a list of everything you need to get done, break it down by category, set up recurring tasks, and sync everything between your phone and computer.
Of course, we can’t end this short list of tools without mentioning Fitmoola. Because if you’re planning to start adding a little exercise habit into your morning routine, it’s the easiest way to make it stick.
Once you’re signed up on Fitmoola, you can choose from any of our fitness challenges, track your progress, and improve your form. However, unlike any of the above tools, Fitmoola helps push you to complete your new fitness habit by applying the psychology of both gain and loss at the same time.
What does that mean?
Look at Stickk or Beeminder. These are apps that will take money from you if you fail to stick to your goals. They’re primarily using the psychology of ‘loss’ in order to motivate you to stay on the wagon. At Fitmoola, we take a different approach.
If you’re unable to make consistent progress towards your goals then yes, you’ll lose a small amount of cash. This is the same motivator as Stickk: the psychology of loss. However, if you are able to make your new fitness habit stick, you’ll receive a much greater reward than you initially deposited.
In other words, you’ll get paid to build your new habit.
This is the psychology of gain. And combined, they make for some pretty powerful motivation. Learn more about what makes Fitmoola work, by registering for a free account.