We all want to be better people. There’s no question about that. But can an app really help make that happen? I’ve recently tested an app that can, at least incrementally, help people improve. It’s called Strides ($3.99), it’s a goal and habit tracker and it’s one of the top paid apps in the App Store. Since so many people seemed to be giving it a try, I thought I might as well also.
I mentioned above that Strides helped me improve my habits incrementally. If that sounds meh, it’s not. Improvement is improvement and a lot of a little is a lot over time.
I’ve been using Strides for about a week now and I have found that the power of the app is in the data it provides about you. The app itself can’t force you to do anything: it doesn’t zap you into compliance with your goals. Instead, it asks you to report on the progress you’re making toward your goals and then presents your data on a dashboard that helps you make better decisions.
For instance, I told the app I wanted to drink more water. 8 glasses a day to be exact. Never really knowing how much water I drank in a given day, I figured I was probably doing pretty decent in terms of water consumption. I mean, I ...