Ever since I read a fantastic book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, the process of habit formation has intrigued me and has really become central to my life. It began with Habitica, but soon my needs migrated to Strides, and I’m here to tell you why.
Why not Habitica?
Habitica is fantastic for starting off with habits. As I spoke about in its review here on GingerJumble, it gives you rewards like coins, pets, and XP following once you’ve stuck with your habits. This is great for when you need an external motivator to help you stick with your habits, but eventually I found I didn’t need all the extras Habitica provided me with (and it took too long to load), so I moved to something simpler.
What does it do?
Strides is a habit tracker, meaning you go on it to check off whether or not you’ve done a certain thing each day. That’s basically its main feature, so it’s fitting that the first page you get when you load it up is the list of the things you have to do today.
It’s very customisable, and in a page called Trackers, you can edit how many times a habit must be done a week (so it can also be done multiple times a day if you want to) and you can change what days the habits show up on your dashboard.
How does it look?
Simplicity is key when you’re looking for something you’re going to be using every day, multiple times a day. And Strides aces that. The two main pages, the Dashboard and Trackers, have hardly anything on them, and all the fiddly settings are a couple taps away as to not overwhelm you. The app is essentially made of only two colours, white and blue, so it’s really easy on the eyes for when your ticking off those habits at 11:59 pm in the dark cos you had a really hectic day.
Strides is a payed app, meaning it has quite a few pretty good features locked behind a paywall. Features like syncing to a desktop and having more than 7 trackers. But other than the novelty of being able to see the app’s layout in a different way, the features aren’t necessary to building your habits (you may want to simplify a little if you have seven habits), but can come in useful in special cases, so if you do want to support the very helpful developers of the app, paying [INSERT PRICE HERE] a [INSERT TIME FRAME] for Strides Plus would be the ideal thing to do.
As the comedy genius Matt Groening once said ‘When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all’. And even though I’ve been using Strides for apparently 134 days, I’ve hardly noticed anything wrong with the app, and intended to be sticking with Strides for my habit tracking needs for a very long time indeed.