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My Day-To-Day: Lift App, Part 2

This post is the final part in a two part series. Be sure to read Part 1.

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.


  1. Matt Matteson

    Thanks for the thoughtful write up, Tom! Do you have ideas on how the checkin could be more motivating / less of a chore? Thanks again.

    • Tom

      Of course, Matt – it’s a great app!

      Honestly, I wish I had more insight to give, but I think that the check-in process has more to do with setting goals. And in that respect, I think it ties back to a person’s personality (though I’m no psychologist so I really have no idea).

      The thing that I noticed is that I’m a very goal-oriented person, so when I commit to doing something, I normally follow through on it. To that end, it felt redundant to check in on Lift. It was almost like “Oh yeah, I need to mark this off because I’ve done it.” which, after three weeks, felt a little redundant after I had been sticking to the goals that I had set.

      Of course, this may also have to do with the goals that were set. Perhaps they weren’t ambitious enough? I dunno. Regardless, that’s the best feedback I can give given my experience :).

  2. Praveen

    Hi Tom

    I’ve been using it for the last one month religiously and the data accumulated has really given me a lot of insights into the pattern of Habits. The trends feature helps to see continuity of habits and tells me which habits need attention . It is also very motivating to see the actions that have become habits .


    • Tom

      Totally – I think the email digest and being able to see your progress is something that’s good, but I also think personality type is something that’s hard to take into account when using apps like this.

      Just my two cents, of course.

      I still dig the app, it just doesn’t mesh well with how I get things done.

  3. Ravi

    Hi Tom,

    I’ve just started using Lift (less than a month actually) but I think I can provide some insights as to why it didn’t work for you and how you could use the app to suit your ways better.

    The gist I get from your post is that you usually pull through on things you commit yourself to and so don’t require a little nudge here and another push there and in fact this bugs you and comes across as pure noise.

    Here’s what I think would help you:

    1) There’s as such no need to check-in daily. You can go back up to a week (by changing the date where it shows ‘today’) and make any past check-ins you’ve missed or in your case do them as a batch to cut down on the monotonicity you feel doing them daily. Surely, 5 mins a week wouldn’t bother anyone and gives a chance to interact with any props or comments received as well. :)

    2) If you follow above, just two batch check-ins would span about 10-14 days and that’s enough to gauge where a particular goal is going. If you’re confident about having made your goal a habit, simply “archive” it. You won’t be bothered about it anymore and the check-in stats would still be available under “Archived Goals” section.

    From what I’ve understood, the idea of Lift is to only have Goals on your dashboard. Something you’re yet to achieve or make a habit of. Once you get the feeling you’re there (Why am I checking this in for the nth time? I am already doing it!), well congratulations, you don’t need this on your Goal list anymore. :)

    Ravi (

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