“Casting a curious gaze down on planet Earth, extra-terrestrial beings could well be forgiven for assuming that we humans are programmed in every move we make, by a palm-sized, oblong, slab of glass. More perplexing than that, who on earth could convince them otherwise ?” Alex Morritt
What is your favorite app? How does it help you make better choices?
There are a couple of things I think it’s important to say right from the get-go:
- I am not a tech savvy person, learning how to use the apps on my phone is a challenge.
- I am not being paid to write or share what I am about to share with you.
With that disclaimer in mind, I came across this fabulous habit creator aid. It does just about anything you could want an app to do when it comes to helping you create good habits and replace bad habits. No surprise the creators have named it “The Fabulous”. It’s available for use on Android and I phones.
The creators of The Fabulous in collaboration with Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, an affiliate of Duke’s Social Science Research Institute sought to create an app people could use to create their own sustainable change. They took the basics of environmental design and human behavior to create this app. And I’m loving it!
- It is colorful but simple artwork
- It provides written/spoken lessons to help change how we think about the old ways and the new ways of being
- It provides reminders that are not obnoxious
- It breaks change down into small incremental steps
- It provides immediate “kudos!”
- It provides tracking so you can see your progress which increases your desire to not break the chain
- They have a Facebook community so you don’t have to go it alone
- They have an Instagram community for another form of support
- It does not rely on “will power” to sustain change
So, how are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? Did you make changes to your environment so that you could succeed? Did you create support? Did you find ways to make the change fun? Have you figured out how you can celebrate even the smallest successes? If your answer to any of these questions is “No”, check out this free app. Let me know what you think.
FYI: Alex Morritt was born in England and currently lives in Central America. He is a traveling author, poet, philosopher, and cultural observer. You can learn more by checking out Impromptu Scribe