21Habit is built on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Using 21Habit, you can enter the habit you’d like to make or the one you’d like to break, then track your progress daily. If you can complete the 21-day challenge, you’ll be well on your way to making that habit a part of your long-term practices.
21Habit also allows you to up the stakes by investing money into your commitment—money you only get back if you can keep up with your goals. Money you lose to the challenge is sent to charity, which in turn helps keep you honest about your performance.Show more screenshots »
21Habit was released in late 2011 and has since gained a niche following consisting of around 570 Twitter followers and nearly 900 Facebook “Likes.” The application was created by Amazon’s Ian McAllister and a small team of developers. The project is self-funded.
21Habit takes the idea of daily habit checking and raises the stakes by allowing you to invest $21 towards achieving your goal. Every day you succeed on your new habit, you’ll receive $1 back. If you fail, you lose the dollar and it is donated to charity. You don’t have to invest the $21 to use 21Habit, but the developers believe that people are more committed to making changes in their lives when they have a little something at stake.
21Habit has a very simple user interface. To get started, all you need to do is enter the habit you’d like to make or break on the application’s home page. After completing the registration process, you’ll be able to track your goal via the built-in web calendar. You’ll also receive daily e-mail updates that allow you to count your successful days without logging into the website. 21Habit does not support multiple goals or long-term habit tracking, but developers are still seeking user feedback.
Registration is a requirement to track your goals. You’ll need to enter your name, email and a password, and agree to the application’s terms of service. You can also log into the application directly from your Facebook account. After entering your information, you’ll be able to choose between “Free Mode” and “Committed Mode.”
21Habit is free, if desired. The “Free Mode” of the application is fully functional and provides all of the site’s features. The other option, “Committed Mode,” requires an upfront $21 payment. If you stick with your goal every day after starting, you’ll get all $21 back by the end of the month. If not, you’ll lose a dollar for every day you fail.
21Habit is a very cool application for anyone looking to get serious about breaking a bad habit or making a new habit out of something positive. $21 may not seem like much, but it’s just enough to make committing easy while still carrying a sense of loss—you’re going to want that money back. Overall, this application is excellent if you want to put real effort into making big changes in your life.