I am currently building my own app to make sure I keep track of the habits I have.
Habits in general help guide myself towards living more happy. Habits are chosen with care and adapted with experience. They should be quite lightweight in that I can follow the habits no matter where I am in the world, even if away from home.
In the past I used used Streaks app. With which I made sure to complete my 6 daily habits.
I got a notification every day at 19:00 on my phone to complete the habits.
Cardio / Weights autofilled through my health data. It includes workout minutes from running/cycling & bodyweight/lifting workouts. Bodyweight/lifting is tracked with Strong, Streaks Workout, Fitbod or Down Dog apps.
Activity rings autofilled through my health data and is marked as done when all the ring goals are complete. My current calorie goal is ~ 700 calories with fixed 50 min workout & 12H standing goals.
Health | Clean marked as done when I drank mostly water & tea with limited coffee (if any, as I often get attention crashes after). I also ate only/primarily nutritious whole foods (nuts/veggies/fruits/..) with focus on completing my micro & macro nutrient goals. I also kept my skin clean and washed/smelled well throughout the day.
Focus | Impact marked as done when I was not distracted by anything during the day (went through my todos one by one) (no analytics & pointless time wasters). I worked on my goals & used time wisely. I was calm, mindful and happy.
Happy | Open / Kind marked as done when all/most of my values and rules were held well. I showed love to people I care about & myself (true love & letting go of any mistake/accident). I made new things and shared them. I was myself & unafraid of anything. Happiness is often a side effect of a nice day.
Plan | Journal marked as done when I made a plan for tomorrow and reflected on the day in my journal. Writing helps me clear up my mind and clean up life and my thinking. Planning includes: 1. Calendar check. 2. Tasks (for next day, especially important to define the first task!). Everything is planned as per the week goals.
- I think learning how to break habits is actually a very important meta skill and can serve you in life almost better than anything else.
- Tiny friction goes a long way. To create healthy behavior, start with healthy defaults.
- I think we go through life in a mentally linear way but our life is actually a repeating fractal spiral. It is not until we wake up and become a 3D person in a 2D world we are able to see our behavioral patterns. Only then can we step aside or over some of the repeating problems we have been having issues with. Most of my profound psychedelic realizations are involving me "waking up" like this. With enough quality data on yourself, you can begin to identify the loops you speak of. And the crazy thing is that all of your behaviors is connected in wild ways, that is once you start to chart it all out.
- If I want to improve at anything, I have a fixed approach. I call it the 30-for-30 plan: The structure is simple: 30 days. 30 minutes per day.
- One thing that helps with starting new habits is to just show up. So if you have 'do exercises' as habit. Actually go and physically show up to the place you do exercises in and stay there until you actually start doing the habit you set out to do.
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