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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
My name is Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. LittleBit, is an iPhone app that helps you slowly create a better you, by creating one goal to work on everyday, for 21 days. And which hopefully after that, it's become a personal habit. You can set a reminder in the app. And what makes LittleBit fun, is that to mark your progress, you take a photo of it, instead of crossing it off a list. At the end of your 21-day run, you'll have a fun photo collage, that you can share with others.
You can either continue with the same goal or, start a new one. Let's see it in action. I'm going to tap on the LittleBit icon. And, you'll notice, if you're looking for it in the App Store, that it's one word instead of two. The first thing you need to decide, is what you want to do everyday as a goal. And LittleBit wants it to be something small, such as, going for a walk or drinking water. Okay, so I've typed my task, and now I'm going to tap the check box in the top right-hand side. Now I need to decide when I want to be reminded to do it, by Little Bit everyday.
I can drag my finger up and down the slider and set the time. I'll set it for around lunchtime. When I'm done, tap the check box again. And now, I am ready to start doing my goal everyday. When the alarm goes off on LittleBit, this is what I'm going to see. There's 15 hours left in the day for me to do this task. And remember. Doing the task, means taking a picture of you doing it. So, while I've sat down, I've worked on my novel for a little bit, and now, I'm going to slide to complete.
I think the easiest way, is just to take a picture of my fingers on the keyboard, so I'll do just that. Take your photo. You can either retake it or tap save, and once you tap save, it'll be marked as done. So the LittleBit app, has marked it as done, today is marked as complete, I've got one down, there's 20 to go, I can see that in the top right-hand side, and I can also see at the bottom, what my current streak is. That is, how many days in a row, I've done my little bits.
If you miss a day, that's okay. However, if you miss two days in a row, you'll lose a bit, and when I say bit, I mean, a photo in a day, and you'll have to do those again. At any time, I can tap the three lines in the top left-hand side, to either change the time of my reminder. Or, to even see my old habit histories. For example, if I tap Habit History, I can see ones that I've already completed. For example, here's a goal I had before, to drink some more water everyday. So, if I scroll through this list, I'll see 21 pictures, of me drinking water, to prove that I did it.
So, you'll see that I can either share it, or continue it, or start a new goal. But however you choose to do it, know that LittleBit is a fun way to make goal progress a little bit more exciting, by having you take photos of your goal progress, instead of simply, crossing it off a list.
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