Curated Habit Resources

By Tiago Forte

This is not a list of "good" links. Every resource on this page is hand-picked by me because it offers something unique and truly valuable in the pursuit of habit formation. No recommendation or link is paid/sponsored/affiliate or otherwise compensated. Check back for regular updates.

Top Apps

1. CoachMe (Free, iOS and Android) - simply the best app for goal-setting and habits, with getting started guides for the most common habits, a strong community of people to learn from and be supported by, and a 1-to-1 coaching program that is far cheaper than normal.

2. Daily Goals ($3, iOS only) - app for checking off daily habits, with a calendar to visualize your progress and detect patterns in your habit performance.

3. Habit List ($3, iOS only) - minimalistic app for crossing off daily habits, for those who don't care for all the fancy social features.

Top Online Services

4. HabitForge - pick a new habit, give yourself a threshold for how often you have to do it, and bet a friend real money that you'll stick to it. Great accountability tool for those that respond well to external pressure.

5. Calm.com - regardless of what you personally believe about meditation, there is a mountain of evidence that, at the very least, it can help improve self-awareness and self-control. Calm is basically an on-demand meditation website, also available in app form.

6. iDoneThis - simple service that asks you each day what you accomplished, with options for sharing it with your team. Good way to start the habit of reflecting on what you got done each day.

7. Stickk - similar to HabitForge, Stickk allows you to set a goal that is backed up by money.

8. Beeminder - uses some of the latest findings on habit formation to create a more detailed plan for forming a new habit, including a mobile app for check-ins. Good for people wanting to dive deep into the science behind habit formation.

Top Books

9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - this is the Bible. Or the Habible? It's been one of the biggest drivers of interest in habits over the past few years.

10. The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz - dives deep into the physiology and psychology of high performance, with great advice for creating "positive energy rituals" to sustain and grow that performance over time.

11. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal - focuses on willpower, with practical exercises for how to strengthen it.

12. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey - a book describing the daily habits of dozens of famous people throughout history. Does a great job of showing how even mega-famous people rely on mundane rituals to keep them grounded.

Top Articles

13. How Habits Work by Charles Duhigg - concise summary of the key takeaways from his book The Power of Habit (above).

14. 36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits by Leo Babauta - a gold mine of insights into the daily practice of habit change.

15. Two Types of Growth by Scott Young - explanation of the two main types of personal growth, and how habitforging is a strategy best suited to certain kinds of growth.

16. How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide by James Clear - good concise summary of James' main ideas, many of which I've used in my own classes.

17. Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good by Jocelyn K. Glei - Jocelyn reviews and summarizes Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit. Her alternative explanations shed new light on some key points in the book.

18. Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change by BJ Fogg - this is a good checklist for ensuring you're not making a mistake in your behavior change efforts.

19. How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? by James Clear - with so many clichés out there about how long it takes to form a habit, it's nice to see some real research behind it. The answer is much more complicated than a simple number of days.

20. What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people don't? (Quora) - even if you're not an entrepreneur, the answers in this thread really reveal how seemingly superficial habits reflect very different ways of seeing the world.

21. The Habits We Most Want to Foster, or, the “Essential Seven” by Gretchen Rubin - Gretchen lays out what she believes are the 7 types of most useful and influential habits, and I largely agree with her.

22. Which of the habits that you've adopted has done the most to improve your life? (Quora) - a crowdsourced and crowd-curated list of the most powerful personal habits.

23. How to Design Behavior (The Behavior Change Matrix) by Nir Eyal - instead of declaring one way as the only way, this article categorizes different behavior change strategies according to what type of behavior you're trying to change. 

24. Why We Procrastinate by Alisa Opar - explains how temporal discounting causes us to literally not identify with our future self. Helps you understand how you can make decisions with such negative consequences for the future.

25. Always Finish: How to Achieve Goals (and Not Quit!) by Herbert Lui - usually articles with titles like this don't offer much in the way of new ideas, but Herbert explains some great, practical techniques used by some of the top tech companies.

Top Videos

26. Try Something New for 30 Days by Matt Cutts - a Google engineer describes his approach to lean, quick experimentation in every area of life.

27. The 4 Ways to Successfully Adopt New Habits by Gretchen Rubin - Gretchen explains her model for explaining how different people respond to habitforging strategies.

28. Forget Big Change, Start with a Tiny Habit by BJ Fogg - a deeper dive into the psychological mechanisms behind behavior change.

29. Habits of Entrepreneurs by Leo Babauta - although these interviews with successful people can be a bit long and unstructured, it is unusual and interesting to hear such people talk specifically about their habits.

Top Blogs

30. James Clear - James is one of the most influential thought leaders on habit formation in recent years, and one of the very few people who consistently churn out thoughtful work. He is an entrepreneur and writer on self-improvement in general, with a strong emphasis on habit formation.

31. Leo Babauta / ZenHabits - one of the most widely read and respected bloggers on self-improvement, with a special emphasis on habits.

32. BJ Fogg - Stanford professor and researcher, who pioneered the use of "persuasive technology" for behavior change, including habit formation.

33. Nir Eyal / Nir and Far - if you are interested in how to design products and experiences that leverage habit formation, Nir Eyal is the top authority on the subject, with articles appearing in numerous publications.

Cool Tools

34. At-A-Glance 2015 Yearly Wall Calendar - if you like crossing off a day each time you succeed, this wall calendar is the thing for you.

35. Hipster Habit App by Amelia Greenhall - is your habit to get away from technology? This paper-based habit journal will help.

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