21Habit Gives You 21 Days To Improve Habits

21Habit Gives You 21 Days To Improve Habits

Whether you’re trying to kick a bad habit or establish a good one, 21Habit is a simple web app that operates on the principle that you need to repeat a daily activity 21 times before it becomes a habit. Although you don’t have to, the truly serious can put up 21 dollars — one dollar per day — against your commitment that you’ll make those changes.

Once you sign up, 21Habit asks you if you want to operate in “free mode”, which doesn’t require money, or “committed mode”, where you put down $US21, or a dollar for every day you plan to establish (or ditch) the habit in question. Just tell the service what it is you resolve to do every day, and the app takes care of the rest.

If you’re in free mode, 21Habit will just check in with you every day to make sure you’re making progress towards your goal. If you’re not getting anywhere, you can stop the habit and start a new one at any time. If you’re in “committed mode”, each day you succeed earns you a dollar. Each day you falter, a dollar is taken out of the pot available for you to earn back at the end of the challenge. When your challenge is completed (or you forfeit), the money you lost is donated to a charity of your choice, and you can start a new challenge.

21Habit isn’t the only app that operates on the 21-day principle. Previously mentioned HabitForge does the same thing. The 21 day guideline is just that, a guideline. There’s no guarantee that after 21 days you’ll have no trouble taking the stairs or resisting when your coworkers ask you outside for a smoke, but it’s a good way to get started making positive changes if you’re planning them.

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  • The 21 day thing actually comes from a pop psychology book, with no actual research whatsoever, but it’s been popularised since then.

    Since then, actual psychological studies have shown that to make or break a habit, you need to do/not do it for an average of 66 days. Of course, I have no idea if this is the same when we’re talking about habits that are actually addictions.

  • On Jan. 1, 2012 a brand, new mobile smoking cessation app became available on all Anrdroid devices (Apple to follow). This app, named, “Quit Smoking, Start Now,” is powerful, comprehensive, easy-to-use and intuitvely based. The app program is based on psychological theory, brain science, and, proven behavioral modifcation techniques. It even has a unique “panic-button” feature that can quell an urge to smoke at an inappropriate time, or, after the quitter has quit and is in danger of relapsing. The app is also very inexpensive.

    To learn more, visit the website dedicated to the app, http://www.quitsmokingstartnow.com.

    Ken Derow
    Healthy Living Solutions

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