I used to use the Streaks workout app, which was a companion to the Streaks app. I thought the Streaks app was a little bit weird and that it probably wasn’t for me. Boy was I wrong.
Habit forming is extremely important to stay mentally and physically on point. The reminders app built into iOS is good to note short term one-off goals or long projects. You can technically set a task to repeat daily, but the options are limited. The Streaks app is the app for forming new habits and tracking your progress over time.
My thought is: if you do something once a day for 365 days, it’s better than doing it forty times in a single day and then giving up for a year. The math absolutely checks out.
There’s a number of presets that can be added to your lists, and they can be modified in just about any way. For me, my daily goals include:
- Drink a protein shake.
- Read for 11 Minutes (it sets an alarm as you start).
- Take a photo with my iPhone.
- Write a paragraph.
- Take vitamins.
- Walk 3,500 steps (a 30 minute walk).
- 5 mindfulness minutes (breathing in and out).
There are even a few goals that give you the task as completed outright, and it’s essentially yours to lose. For me, that would be: “Don’t eat bad food (during week days)”. It’s tempting to eat something that would make me lose this, and it’s enough to stop me from doing so.
I was never an avid reader, but I’ve already completed one book by sticking to the reading schedule and I’m about to finish another one. Forcing myself to take a photo and to write a paragraph each day has allowed me to have some kind of creative output every day and become less of a consumer.
In all, the app has helped me both physically and mentally. I notice that I am less stressed, have more energy, and I’m more alert overall. Go and download it to see for yourself.