Get Unstuck: Four tech-savvy tricks to make or break new habits

Whether it’s forming a new one or quitting an old one, changing habits can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Instead of relying on sheer willpower (which, let’s face it, tends to fade), why not get a boost from some habit helpers that can keep you on track, help you reach your goals, and celebrate your milestones?

Quit the snooze and bounce out of bed happy

If you’re like us, you know how easily the snooze button leads to late mornings that make you feel flustered and out of control. A super hard habit to break is snubbing the snooze. We’ve experimented with lots of strategies. Instead of loathing the alarm . . .

  • Think about the reason you’re waking up – not the act itself – and see how your mindset shifts to a more joyful one.
  • Set yourself up for a sunny start by waking to a favourite motivational song.
  • Move that pesky alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Or combine all three methods! Ruggie is a motivational alarm clock in the form of a cushy bedside rug. To turn it off, you actually have to step on it for at least three seconds. Add a motivational saying from Ruggie’s library as your personal alarm, and not only will you get up on time, but you’ll also harness the power of positive thinking from the moment your feet hit the floor!

Stop the struggle and get healthy and active

There are loads of fitness trackers out there, but none helps you take control of your health goals as well as MyFitnessPal.

Tracking your macros, monitoring your activity, and motivating your healthy lifestyle are just the beginning.

Search over 11 million foods in the database, scan barcodes, and save recipes to determine the calorie count, nutritional information, and serving size. Get inspired and stay motivated by becoming part of the largest fitness community in the world. And you can connect MFP with 50 other health apps to create an easy, centralized 360° approach to your healthy lifestyle goals.

Cut out complaining and focus on an “attitude of gratitude”

Five minutes in the morning and another five minutes at night are all you need to go from grumpy to grateful.

The 5 Minute Journal is a totally new take on journaling that focuses only on writing down the little things in your day that make a big difference. Even Tim Ferriss, the king of productivity, loves it!

The journal comes in app or hardcover format: you’ll get a daily inspirational quote and easy daily prompts to gently refocus your thoughts on the positive, setting yourself up for fantastic days and peaceful nights.

Take the bull by the horns and master all your habits

The ultimate app for smashing your goals! HabitBull lets you track up to 100 totally customizable habits and set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-oriented) goals so that each habit has its own calendars and reminders. But what really piqued our interest was that it’s based on Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret. If it works for Jerry, we want to try it! Luckily, it’s really simple and HabitBull puts it at your fingertips.

Create your habits, devote a finite amount of time to each of them on a preset schedule, and mark each one as you complete it. Just don’t break the chain, and your new habits will stick in no time!