At the beginning of January, I shared that I was going to give Lift App a trial for about a month, and then see how well it integrated itself into my day-to-day routine.
Specifically, I had set aside four goals that I wanted to accomplish over the next three weeks (which have since passed), and then I was going to see how well I had stuck to the goals, as well as how well Lift App actually worked at getting me to stick to my goals.
So the result?
Using Lift App Each Day
First and foremost, it’s worth mentioning that I think the idea behind Lift, as well as the user interface is great.
The idea of introducing gamification into every day life through a device that many of us have with us the majority of the time is fantastic.
I think Lift does a stellar job at not only introducing that into our day-to-day life, but also fosters a community of people who generally want to help each other through props, comments, and tips.
If you’re used to, y’know, YouTube comments, then the Lift community will be a welcome change.
This is a rare find compared to most social networks or social-enabled applications today.
Props to them on that.
My Personal Take
That said, I felt that it felt more like to chore to actually “check-in” to the app to mark off something as completed.
Maybe this is because some of the goals that I had weren’t ambitious enough (or maybe they were, I dunno – I thought they were), or maybe it simply didn’t mesh with my personality type, but when it came to checking off things that I had already committed to do, I find it more redundant than helpful.
I know, I know: “How hard can it be to open an app to check off things that you’ve done in a day?”
It’s not a matter of being hard – it’s a matter of just making sure that I add that one more thing to an already busy day when I’m already doing a good job of sticking to the set goals on my own.
Again, this may be more of a personality trait than anything else.
This Didn’t Work For Me
I really wanted Lift to work for me, but it didn’t and I’m okay with that.
Ultimately, I’ve had to remove it from my phone simply because it added a little bit of noise to achieving goals that I was already working through diligently enough.
I still recommend it to certain friends and family who are looking to find accountability on achieving their goals, and who are interested in doing so with a social component to it.
To that end, I still contend that it’s a great application, and that there are certain personality types for which it will work extraordinarily well.