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HabitKit – Building positive habits in style

Developer: Sebastian Röhl
Price: Free
Size: 68.8 MB
Version: 1.3.1
Platform: iPhone & iPad


We’re a little deep into the year to be talking about New Year’s resolutions, but it’s never too late to start developing positive habits. Especially when you have a sharp new app to help you do so.

HabitKit from Sebastian Röhl is a sharp, simple, visually led habit tracker that makes its stylish form into a key function. As you tick to register the completion of your daily (or weekly, or monthly) habit, you’ll fill in one of the tiny colored squares on a grid.

Over time, these filled-in habits – and even those days where you skip going for a walk or reading – will paint an aesthetically pleasing abstract pattern from the main hub. It’s an effect that’s at its strongest when you have several habits on the go simultaneously, which is pleasingly possible even on the Free tier.

You’ll need to splash out $0.99/£0.79 per month if you want to subscribe to HabitKit Pro and unlock unlimited habits, as well as importing and exporting your data, creating home screen widgets, and restoring archived habits. This Pro tier feels pretty inessential, however.

Creating habits is an incredibly straightforward process. Simply hit the + button in the top right-hand corner, name your habit, and add a description if you wish. Then you need to set your Streak Goal – essentially the frequency required for your habit – and whether and when you’d like a reminder.

It’s also possible to attribute an icon to your new habit, with dozens to choose from, as well as a theme color. That’s it. Habit created.

Once all of your habits are set, your interaction with the app will likely be minimal. You’ll respond to reminders by heading into the app and hitting the completion button. After a glance at your progress, that’ll likely be it.

There’s a reserved sense of class about HabitKit that’s familiar to many of the best productivity apps. It doesn’t want to soak up all your time or attract your attention with countless pings. It’s simply there to do a very specific job, and on that front, it’s a success.

Indeed, as if acknowledging that you’re quite likely to forget to use the app, HabitKit offers the ability to head into a calendar view and retrospectively tick habits off. Perfect for those days when you simply forget to engage, even as you remember to do the important stuff.

All in all, HabitKit is a very healthy habit to pick up, even if it’s perhaps a little too easy to drop.