Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve made a strong commitment to Lift (#investor) in order to monitor (and hopefully improve) my habits.
I started out with basic stuff like “Take Multi-Vitamin” or “Sleep 8 Hours.” Once I got into the habit of using the app every day (which took about two weeks) it became second nature to remember to check off what I had done each day. I’m sure I take my vitamins more frequently now and sleep better, but surprisingly that’s not the real magic of Lift for me.
I love Lift because I now have a place to put the things I want to do in my life that aren’t one-off to-do list items. The big stuff.
This blog is a perfect example. I knew that in 2012 it started to collect tumbleweeds from neglect. I wanted to change that. But it was so easy to simply say “I don’t have the time” or to just put it on a to-do list that would get done once and then neglected again.
As evidenced by the picture above, I didn’t start out trying to use Lift to write a blog post everyday, but once I added it to Lift it just started happening. The little boxes started turning green. My blog re-entered the habit zone (and Lift is on my home screen).
Just last week, I added “Learn Spanish” to Lift. That’s a ridiculously daunting task on any sized to-do list. But with Lift, it’s easy to take small bites. I spend 10-15 minutes a day in DuoLingo. Is it going to make me fluent anytime soon? Of course not. But it’s small, manageable, repeatable, and it’s something I never would have done if I wasn’t already taking a Multi-Vitamin every day.
Lift lets new habits bootstrap off the old habits. That’s why I love it.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve made a strong commitment to Lift (#investor) in order to monitor (and hopefully improve) my habits.

I started out with basic stuff like “Take Multi-Vitamin” or “Sleep 8 Hours.” Once I got into the habit of using the app every day (which took about two weeks) it became second nature to remember to check off what I had done each day. I’m sure I take my vitamins more frequently now and sleep better, but surprisingly that’s not the real magic of Lift for me.

I love Lift because I now have a place to put the things I want to do in my life that aren’t one-off to-do list items. The big stuff.

This blog is a perfect example. I knew that in 2012 it started to collect tumbleweeds from neglect. I wanted to change that. But it was so easy to simply say “I don’t have the time” or to just put it on a to-do list that would get done once and then neglected again.

As evidenced by the picture above, I didn’t start out trying to use Lift to write a blog post everyday, but once I added it to Lift it just started happening. The little boxes started turning green. My blog re-entered the habit zone (and Lift is on my home screen).

Just last week, I added “Learn Spanish” to Lift. That’s a ridiculously daunting task on any sized to-do list. But with Lift, it’s easy to take small bites. I spend 10-15 minutes a day in DuoLingo. Is it going to make me fluent anytime soon? Of course not. But it’s small, manageable, repeatable, and it’s something I never would have done if I wasn’t already taking a Multi-Vitamin every day.

Lift lets new habits bootstrap off the old habits. That’s why I love it.

Notes

  1. danwick reblogged this from thegongshow and added:
    Emphasis above mine. I so agree about Lift. I moved it to my homescreen 2 weeks ago and started tracking the “big...
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