Building Better Habits with Lift

I’ve been using an application called Lift that helps form positive habits.  After downloading and creating an account, you add tasks that you want to do each day like “exercise” or “eat healthy.”  Each day you check those tasks when they’ve been accomplished.   Some of the fun of the application is that you can see how many other people are trying to form that particular habit.  The mobile interface is incredibly clean and simple to use.

Here are the habits that I’ve tracked for about 5 weeks now:

  • Sleep by midnight
  • Sleep 8 hours
  • Eat breakfast
  • Eat a low-carb diet
  • Exercise
  • Yoga or Stretch
  • Stop drinking soda
  • ZEO

I didn’t check-in on the habits every day but most have been successful formed into my daily routine.  “Stopping soda” and “sleep by midnight“ have been the most successful.

I’m going to retire these habits and replace them with more specific goals or different ones for this next month.  I’ll also attempt to check-in every single day to get a more accurate count.

  • Theraband shoulder stretches – replaces Yoga or Stretch
  • MMA, Lift, or Walk  – replaces Exercise
  • Weigh-in lower than yesterday  – this ends up being a combined measurement of total calories, LC diet, eating breakfast, sleeping
  • GAPS full diet – a different way to define a super-clean diet, more restrictive on food choices than low-carb
  • HRV training
  • ZEO

I also run a few social habits that I’m going to continue.

  • Do something nice for my girlfriend
  • Talk to at least one stranger
  • Write for 30 minutes

Here’s a summary from the Lift website (lift.do):

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