How’d we do it? Rather than hide the screws, I’d like to pull our
app apart and show you how the pieces come together. Let me strip
off the sugarcoating and share a little secret about habit tracker
apps: they’re little more than a glorified checkbox. The
interaction is simple: every day you open the app and hit the
checkbox to record a completed habit. [...]
In trying to get a particularly tricky habit to stick, I tried
dozens of apps and nothing worked for me. Recording an action felt
like yet another chore. None could approach the most basic
satisfaction of simply crossing out an item on a list.
Could you design a simple action that felt as satisfying and
infuse it with as much symbolism? Were we about to redesign the
I think you know where this is headed.