Update Balanced – for February

For February I am going to take Momentum for a spin. This app is fairly simple: the more habits you do daily you build up momentum, i.e. a backlog of goodness that you won’t want to stop. I u… Sour…

Source: Balanced – for February | Bricin

I used the Balanced app for all of February. Overall I liked the app. It’s simple, lightweight, unobtrusive, and the UX makes sense. I recommend giving it a try if you are trying to build new habits.

The Good

  1. Lightweight UI, easy to configure.
  2. Wasn’t annoying about reminders. They are there but it doesn’t constantly nag you to do something.
  3. There were times when I was going to ‘skip’ a habit and decided not to because of the app. That is exactly the goal.
  4. The overviews of each habit were pretty solid and useful
Overview of a habit in Balanced

Overview of a habit in Balanced

The Bad

Nothing in the app is really bad per se but there are some oddities:

  1. Tasks that are once per week or on irregular schedules tend to get too much focus. The overall UI shows a list of upcoming ‘habits’. These infrequent habits don’t decay quite correctly.
  2. Daily habits don’t seem truly daily e.g. if I “Hit the gym” daily then it doesn’t matter whether this is every 24 hours or not as long as I get it done Monday, Tuesday, etc.
  3. The ‘Life pulse’ screen needs work. This is hard-coded to reaching 75% of your habits/goals. Fine, but what if I want to start at 50% success and build over time? Or if I am a perfectionist and want 99% success as my measure? This isn’t configurable.

Balanced - Life Pulse

Summary

I like this app. I’m going to try Momentum for March and see how it compares.

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