Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important for our well-being.
Technology can also be a tool to help with mindfulness. For example, we can learn about mindfulness practices, set alarms to remind us to practice, and record our experiences.
My goal with this series is to share mobile apps that I have found especially useful in cultivating mindfulness practices. I believe that harnessing the power of our handheld distraction devices has the potential to integrate mindfulness into our already overfull lives. Or, as a friend aptly noted, bring balance to the force.
Today’s app is, called:
Prune-Habit Maker, Quit More
by Principal Humanity
Version I demo: 1..6.2 on iPhone
Cost: Free Today! Dec 5, 2013, Normally: $0.99 US, no ads
Prune-Habit Maker, Quit More is a an app that makes changing behavior simple. It boasts a minimalist interface that is immediately useable. There are instructions included, but they’re unnecessary because the choices are obvious.
If you allow push notifications (fully customizable in your phone settings, of course) it will pop up random reminders about your goal to break a habit.
I like that the creators have set up a few suggested areas for habits or that you can create your own, such as a food, drink, activity or indulgence. If nothing else, these categories can get you thinking about how you’re thinking about your habit. The app also has a “resurrect” feature so you can bring back old goals to start again.
Some of the features that I enjoyed are being able to change a habit after you’ve already created it. Other apps I’ve tried make you delete and create a new one. With Prune, you can start anew any time, change the name, duration, et cetera, on the fly. This sets up a “no guilt” goal-setting. You’re the only person you need to be honest with in this app.
There are options to share on social media how long you’ve managed to go without your habit. You can get some positive reinforcement from your friends that can offset the possible emphasis on going without something.
Honestly, I don’t feel motivated focusing solely on what I will do without. Everything I’ve read on willpower says it’s more complicated than that. I think Prune, used in conjunction with a full web of positive reinforced habit breaking and habit replacing can be a good thing.
“How to Say No To Almost Anything” explains:
I think, as long as the “I will live without:” phrase motivates you, that the simple, easy interface and thoughtful options for changing and resurrecting your habits make this app an excellent one for breaking old habits.
It’s a good day to try it. Today, Dec 5, 2013, Prune-Habit Maker, Quit More, is free in the iTunes store.
If you try this app, I’d enjoy hearing how you use it in the comments.
Consider adding this app to your device, between Candy Crush and Twitter to bring a little mindfulness into your device, won’t you?
Do you have a mindfulness app that you recommend or one that you would like me to review? Please let me know in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 1 (touchstonez.com)
- All Mindfulness Technology Posts on TouchstoneZ.com
- Mindfulness: There’s An App For That, Part 2 (touchstonez.com)