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Lift is an iOS productivity app aimed at developing good habits — perfect for keeping those New Year resolutions. Rather than adding tasks like similar list-taking apps, users of Lift add “habits” to help encourage a lifestyle change. Users can check into their habits daily, marking days when they achieved their goals. Lift offers a host of pre-existing “habits” for users to choose from, but allows users to create their own habits as well,helping to personalize the app and make it more applicable to their lives. Lift features a social element as well, as users can give “props” to others who check into their “habits,” and leave comments. Friends can be invited into users’ Lift circles, and a communal effort can be make to collectively induce lifestyle changes. Although Lift has no inappropriate content, parents should monitor their children’s use of social media. Lift is otherwise recommended for children ages 8 and older.



Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

For those who are in school or working, new routines can be difficult to fit into a daily schedule. By analyzing the amount of free time that users have via a built calendar, Lift makes it easy to choose an appropriate "habit" that fits nicely into a routine. By planning out how and when to go about adopting new and positive habits, users of Lift will be more likely to achieve their desired outcome. Positive lifestyle changes can be hard to adopt, but Lift offers strategies to help users plan out the best possible way to incorporate them  into their lives. When adding habits to Lift, users must think in advance about what changes they would like to make, how to do so, and the probability of them following through.Those who make lofty resolutions often fail to fully follow through, as it can be hard to summon the energy and time to commit. The same logic applies when using Lift. For users who are trying to lose weight, maybe they should start by making a "habit" to walk a certain amount of steps per day, rather than simply commit to "lost x amount of pounds." Taking these small steps towards a larger goal can ultimately add up into positive change.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Making significant changes requires users to have an understanding of themselves, from a physical, mental and emotional standpoint. Lift is an app that can facilitate significant change, if used with an understanding of ones own goals, strengths and limitations. Users must understand their levels of personal commitment to set realistic goals and avoid setting unreasonable "habits." To set a reasonable habit, users must take time to consider what areas in their life need reform. If one goal is to become better communicators, users can make it a point to talk more with friends and family. The social features of the app also help users garner encouragement from others, and dole out "props" to others who achieve their goals. This helps imbue the experience with a sense of community, helping users see themselves as just one of many people trying to enact positive change in their lives

To get the most out of LIft, try some of the specific suggestions below, or let us know how you use this app in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Planning Activity

LiftWith your child, use Lift to remind your him of his household chores. Though the app does not feature a reminder or alarm to notify him when he is behind schedule, you should monitor how often he "checks in" to his daily chores. Using the online version of the site, you can track your child's activity, ensuring that he is making progress and establishing a routine to do his chores. Before a week begins take some time with your child to introduce a new "habit" into his Lift list. Clear our activities that are no longer applicable. If your child has a time-consuming project due in one month, the first week's "habit" should be research, the second week brainstorming, the third week writing, and the fourth, editing. This can help your child learn to understand that smaller efforts, went committed to over time, really add up.

Self-Awareness Activity

Ask your child how well he followed through on fulfilling past New Year's resolutions. If he is like most people, his commitment to them was probably short-lived. Lift is a great app for settling into a routine - especially for children who have a difficulty developing a consistency in their ability to achieve goals. The calendars and statistics that accompany Lift's progress tracking system, work to keep you and your child abreast of how often he is checking in to the app, and how successful his efforts have been. Commit to making one positive change in habit, for both of you, and use the app to encourage each other and keep track your progress.

Lift & ADHD

Children with ADHD often have a hard time making behavioral changes because they are unable to analyze and monitor their own behavior. As a result they pick up bad habits, which begin to perpetuate until corrected. Lift is a great app for both parents and children to make a collective effort to develop good habits. Because children have to "check in" to their "habit" lists whenever they complete a task, Lift is a useful self-monitoring tool, as well as a way to implement a healthier and more productive lifestyle.

How to Use Lift for Children with ADHD

  • Children with ADHD frequently develop bad habits, many of which include rambunctious and hyperactive behavior. Use Lift to create "habits" in which children must display self-control. To do this, they must understand the nature of their disability, and set aside quiet time each day, for self-reflection, or reading. It will help them be less reliant on the need to be constantly on the go.
  • Once children enter a new "habit," they have the option to track the frequency in which they "check in." A weekly breakdown indicates each "check in," that includes a graph of 7 bars. Each bar represents a day of the week, in which children should "check in." Therefore it is best to introduce "new habits" that children are likely to implement into their daily lives.
  • As personalized as Lift may seem, it is actually a very social app. Children can get invite friends and receive feedback. Feedback is given in the form of a thumbs up or "prop," as an incentive to keep forging ahead, or as a comment. Children with ADHD can even ask for help from friends via Lift. Chronic nail-biters can send a message like: "trying to stop biting my nails, any tips?" Hopefully an influx of comments will ensue, proposing different strategies to help curb the habit.


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