I’ve been using an app called The Fabulous for a while now, and I’ve decided that it’s worked well enough for me to go and tell everyone about it. Hey everyone, check out The Fabulous! I’m quite enthusiastic actually – for the past three weeks it’s been helping me do something I’ve been going on about for ages; form a healthy morning habit. It’s something I’ve never quite managed on my own, but now I’m doing it, it feels great. I get up, have a glass of water, take my vitamins, do some light exercise and then have a healthy breakfast. All of this takes a little under an hour, sometimes less depending on what kind of exercise I decide to do, and the best thing, it really wakes you up.
So, The Fabulous. It’s an android app, although I hear an iOS version is in the works, so don’t despair if you’re an iPhone user. Anyway, while you download it, I’ll tell you a little bit about what made it work for me.
Yes, that’s right. It starts off tiny with just a morning alarm and one single, easy to manage habit – drink a glass of water when you wake up. It explain why you should do this (7 hours of sleep dehydrates you a little bit) and encourages you with helpful tips on how to make the habit easier. Before you know it you put a glass of water beside your bed every night so that you can drink it when you wake up. It really does work. Only when you’ve got the first one down and have been doing it for a few days does it tell you to add another one. It’s really tempting to add ALL THE HABITS right away, but resist that urge and let The Fabulous guide you. It works.
Goals and achievements
The Fabulous sets goals for you and makes them really easy to track, and when you hit them there’s a little fanfare, which is lovely. But it’s not disappointed if you don’t manage your goal for some reason. Instead it encourages you to get right back on track, and there’s even a few articles you can read about the psychology of habits and what happens in the brain when we decide it’s okay to totally ruin a good habit because of one missed beat. Educational, encouraging and motivating. And the best part is that all the goals feel achievable. Drink water three mornings in a row? I can do that! It also teaches you to celebrate when you’ve been successful. I do a little victory jig when I’ve finished my morning ritual. Yeah, that’s right. I am fully aware it looks really silly.
It’s all about the science
Everything The Fabulous teaches you is science based. There’s research behind everything from how the habits are structured and the learning curve to the rewards and the little built in exercise programs. Being quite sceptical towards anything that’s not based in solid research, this feels very reassuring to me, and many others as well, I’m sure.
I know it’s an app and everything’s pre-programmed, but it sends you letters when you reach a milestone in your habit forming, and they’re just nice. It’s encouraging, motivational and it also makes you feel a little bit accountable. You wouldn’t want to disappoint the nice letter-person, would you?
So I’ve now got four habits that I’ve managed to do every day for the past two weeks, and as a result, well, that’s a result in itself isn’t it? Jokes aside though, because I’ve started drinking water and eating breakfast every morning, my body has developed some sort of internal alarm. I don’t know how it happens, but I wake up every morning before 8 am now – before my alarm, and it’s amazing. And while exercise in the morning still feels heavy, you don’t have to do a lot, you just have to do something, and then that’s enough. For me, it feels like more will come if I just stick with the habit.
So that’s my morning ritual sorted. Evening next?