One of my most valuable habits is my Weekly Review. To help it along, I realized I could remember more of my “wins” from every day if I wrote them down.
At first, I tried paper and pen, but once I started traveling around the world and living out of a backpack, my consistency tanked.
But then I realized — I always have my phone with me throughout the day. What better way to track my little daily victories with?
At first, I tried the “notes” app on my phone. The portability was there, but consistency was off. I could set an alarm to remind myself, but half the time I’d be busy when the alarm went off, so I’d quickly dismiss it. Then, of course, I’d forget about the habit I was trying to build.
In an effort to make this habit stick (and learn to make Android apps at the same time), I started designing Daily Whoop.
It’s a simple journaling app with a few twists:
- notification reminders to fill in the day’s data are only shown if the day is blank
- it’ll periodically remind you about victories you’ve had in the past
- the logo makes people giggle, and the app is full of silly confirmation messages to keep things light-hearted (“you’re a do-ceritops, not a tri-ceritops”)
- the reminders and “streak” feature are intended to keep you using the app every day
So, why the silly logo? Two reasons – first, I wanted to keep things light-hearted. A smiley that looks like it was drawn by a child accomplishes that. Second, most if not all app logos I can think of look “polished”. Since this one looks weird, it stands out on your phone.
Early results are promising! Some friends of mine report using it for months in a row without missing any days.
You can get Daily Whoop on Google Play