Would you like to build better habits but need a little help staying on track?. There is a great app called Lift that will help you do just that.
I have a ton of useless apps on my iPhone. I got excited about Angry Birds, played it for 5 minutes, got bored, and now it remains in the wasteland that is my phone.
However, there is one app that I use daily, and you should too. It’s called Lift.
The app is simple: It allows you to create and track habits that you’re trying to build. Think of it like the Foursquare for habit building. Meaning, you check-in every time to complete a habit for the day.
To give you a better idea, I track about 8 habits that I try to perform daily, including:
- Weighing myself every morning
- Set priorities for the day
- Learn Spanish
- Write for 30 minutes
- Don’t spend money
To be honest, I don’t get all of these done daily, except for weighing myself, flossing and setting priorities. But what I want to talk about is the Don’t Spend Money habit I’m tracking every day.
Some days, it’s impossible not to spend money — for instance, when your Honda Civic is running on fumes and you need to get home or if there’s nothing to eat in your whole goddamn house except tea bags and ground coffee.
Also, sometimes you just want sushi.
The point is, you won’t be successful everyday not spending money, but just tracking it in the app has made me WAY more conscience about my daily spending habits.
The crazy thing is, every time you check off a habit, it turns green, and I want to see my habits turn green! It’s addicting as hell. Also, users of the app can follow each other, and while I don’t understand the concept that well in the app, I LOVE it when people give me “props” for checking into a habit. It’s like a little man on your shoulder saying, “Way to go man!” Well, my little man says, “Way to not fuck up today!”
In case you were wondering, no, I’m not being paid to write this. I seriously love the app, and I wanted to share a tool that I use to reduce my spending habits. It kicks ass, and if you have a smartphone, you should download it right now.
And if you do, you should follow me! Just search for Matt Giovanisci in the app — I’m pretty sure I’m the only person with that last name.
I want to hear your feedback too. If you already use the app, talk to me about it (in the comments below or on Twitter/Facebook), and you better be using it to track your spending habits. If you’re not using it, do me a favor: bookmark this page, download Lift to your phone, join the Don’t Spend Money habit, don’t spend money, bring this page back up from your bookmarks and leave a comment.