HabitSeed (Free) by fluidmobile is an app that aims to help you start good habits or end bad ones.
Changing your habits can be difficult, especially at the beginning of the process. HabitSeed helps you stay motivated by prompting you to track your successes or failures, showing you wise quotes, and creating a visual representation of the first 21 days of your challenge.
Can such a simple app really help you make a positive change?
The first thing you need to do is decide on the new habit you want to start. You can select one from a list of common habits, like “I want to stop smoking” or “I want to start running.” You can also add a custom habit.
After you pick your first habit, you’ll realize that HabitSeed only works with one challenge at a time. It would have been nice to start two or three at a time, but focusing on the most important one might actually be a good idea.
After you select your habit, you see a virtual seed get planted and your first motivating quote appear. From then on, you’ll get prompted to update the app with your progress every evening. You let the app know whether you succeeded or failed that day. Your successful days will help your habit tree grow. After 21 days, your challenge is over and you can see how far you’ve come.
There are a couple of reasons why HabitSeed might actually help you stick to a plan. First of all, having the time frame set to 21 days is perfect. If you think about having to do something for the rest of your life, it becomes harder to deal with. Thinking about getting through only 21 days doesn’t seem as difficult. The idea is that after doing something for 21 days, it becomes a habit that you continue with naturally.
The second motivating factor is the prompt every evening. If you know you’re going to get asked about your success or failure every day, you’ll want to make sure you succeed. The quotes might be motivating for some, but I personally didn’t find them useful.
Everything in this app looks great and I love the concept, but it uses really slow animations that are just unnecessary.
If you’re having a hard time trying to make a change, I would highly recommend this app. Although you have to put up with the painfully slow animations, the 21 day challenge and the daily prompts might help you stay motivated.
If you want a more flexible app that can help you with multiple habits at a time, take a look at Lift.
You can get HabitSeed for iPhone free in the App Store.