Streaks: Tracking Habits
A new breed of task management app seems to be proliferating in the App Store as of late: the habit tracker.
The idea behind a habit-building app is not just to help you cross things off your list, but to actually build the kinds of repetitive practices you’d like to be a part of your everyday life.
Streaks is one such app, and perhaps the one with the most aesthetically pleasing presentation.
What I Like About Streaks
The first thing to appreciate about Streaks is its layout:
You can change colors from the default orange to 11 other options:
As you complete (or miss) habits, the app makes it easy to access statistics from the main screen with just a tap. Check this out:
The reminders are customizable, so they can be as obtrusive or unobtrusive as you want them to be, depending on what you need to get your habits in place:
Checking off habits is satisfying. You just hold down the circle till it fills in:
If you missed a day, Streaks knows it:
There are a ton of habit icons from which to choose, and they look better than any I’ve seen in other comparable apps (some of which are just icon-less lists):
Setting up habits is quite easy:
What I Found Lacking
Probably the biggest miss in the app is that there is no way to adjust a habit you forgot to check off more than one day ago. If you missed marking a habit yesterday, you’re all set, but you can’t check off habits you completed two days ago but didn’t note. I lost some streaks this way (at least within the app) when I was on vacation last month. I was completing habits, but not on my phone as often as usual; there’s no way to adjust to get your statistics to reflect such a reality.
I would love for future updates to Streaks to include some sort of sound when you fill in a habit circle. This is just personal preference, though.
Streaks maxes out at six habits that you can be tracking at a time. The developers have a reason for this–it’s hard to maintain more habits than that on a regular basis, but the limitation does not allow for as great user control as some other apps do.
One other lack: you can’t make a habit to do something, say, three times a week, without also having to specify the days. So I can have “Exercise” three times a week, but only if I assign days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)–I couldn’t set it up for any three days.
Final Words and Where to Get the App
Limitations notwithstanding, Streaks is easily one of the three best habit-tracking apps for iOS. It’s clearly designed with the user experience in mind, which makes charting habits through this app fun. As long as you can stay on top of tracking your practices each day, Streaks is a worthy aid in helping establish regular life patterns.
Find Streaks in the App Store here.
Thanks to the good folks at Streaks app for the review copy of Streaks, given to me for this review but with no expectation as to its content.