Habits fall within the occupational therapy framework. However, habits can be hard to change. Whether for your personal goals or for our patients, using a compensatory technique can be very helpful for shaping our habits.

Almost all of us carry a phone with us wherever we go. Using an app that shapes your habits can help you meet any goal you want.

  • Drink more water?
  • Exercise more?
  • Study more effectively?
  • Take more relaxation breaks?
  • Read a book?
  • Quit smoking?

See for yourself, type in “habit” in your phone’s app store and see what is popular.

Personally, I have had success with these Apps:

Pomodoro (category of Apps) – time keeping approach with alternating between a ‘pomodoro’ and taking gradually increased rest break to be more productive

Fabulous – a well designed and beautiful app that keeps you motivated

Habit Tracker – set your own goals and view beautiful graphs as you complete them

Habit Hub – similar to Habit Tracker

Habitca – a video game approach to reaching your goals

Or check out your phone’s native applications such as the built-in fitness Apps. Couple these apps with accessories such as fitness trackers to facilitate your success.

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid to endorse any of these Apps.

Jeff is a licensed occupational therapist and lead content creator for OT Dude. He covers all things occupational therapy as well as other topics including healthcare, wellness, mental health, technology, science, sociology, and philosophy. Buy me a Coffee on Venmo.