No more zero days
Little Big Steps is an app to help you achieve your goals by becoming more consistent. It helps you be more consistent by asking you to mark yourself out of 10 each day for effort - for any goal.
A lot of people have big goals but are inconsistent. They need help with becoming consistent and making effort easier; by gradually increasing it at a sustainable pace.
Inconsistency vs Consistency
If you stop waiting for perfection and start rewarding yourself for consistent, imperfect steps, you can quickly see how those little steps add up to achieving your goals in life.
If your goal is to learn more, one chapter a day of a book is dozens of books a year. If your goal in life is to get fit, 10 minutes of exercise a day is 61 hours of exercise a year.
Stop waiting for an imaginary perfect day and start counting the imperfect, consistent steps towards your goals.
Do you have too many zero days?
Would your last month of effort look like this?
Did you get a burst of enthusiasm, have a few good days then slip back into bad habits? Consistency would have been better than enthusiasm.
Did you aim too high then tell yourself you'll start tomorrow instead? Consistency would have been better than aiming too high.
Did you keep telling yourself "I'll start on Monday"? Consistency would have been better than waiting.
Was this one of many inconsistent months?
Aim for one step a day - no more zero days!
Don't let perfect be the enemy of progress.
It's not perfect but it's consistent. We'd like to have no zero days but we know they happen.
When we do have a zero day, we pick ourselves back up and start the next day. We don't wait for Monday and create another row of reds.
The way zero days quickly add up is noticeable. It's harder to ignore time passing by and life goals going unachieved when it's laid out infront of you.
Even if we only take 1 step a day, it's noticeable how quickly we can achieve our goals even if we walk rather than run towards them. It's better than standing still.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today.
Be consistent by focussing on your idea of success, not someone else's
To be consistent you need to ensure some effort occurs each day. To do this, you only have to answer the question "How did I do today?" each day. No more zero days!
To make this as quick and easy as possible..
- No login screen. The app opens straight to your home screen.
- You open the app and can immediately score your goals out of 10 for today.
- You open the app and can immediately see how well you're doing today and whether you could try harder.
- The steps charts show how well your goals are going this week. Have you taken a big or little step each day? It all counts.
The home screen focuses on today. As should you.
Separate consistency and effort.
Effort will be easier to increase once a consistent habit is formed.
To improve consistency you can challenge yourself with 'no zero day streaks'.
How long can you go without having a zero day for a specific goal?
How long can you go without having a zero day for any goal?
To improve effort you will be given a target score for your goals each day, as well as for your overall effort.
The app knows if you typically try less on a Friday and will give achievable targets for that day.
It's fine if you don't hit the targets. They adjust if you're not ready.
Let the app handle the calculations and aim to fill those green progress circles!
No more zero months!
Visualise your long-term progress
The stats feature lets you see your goals ranked by effort and consistency. Are you doing really well at learning but less at exercising?
The answer may be expected. It lets you check your historic effort matches your life priorities.
You can see which goals you put the most effort into as well as which you're most consistent with, letting you think about what exactly needs improving to achieve each life goal.
You can also view progress by day of the week. Do you consistently make less effort on weekends? Do you need to change this to achieve your life goals?
Do you find effort mostly happens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then declines on the weekend and stops on Monday?
Seeing your effort laid out by days of the week helps you consider what else in your schedule may be impacting your progress.