In this post, I finally complete my Adventure to quit Reddit! Thanks to HeroMode, I've been off Reddit for 415 days. At this point, I have forgotten what doom scrolling on Reddit used to feel like, and the grip it used to have on me. I've formed new routines, and content with this new norm without Reddit. If you have a bad habit that you are struggling to kick, or a new habit you wish to adopt, maybe HeroMode can help you too!
In today's blog post, we have a special guest, June, an early HeroMode beta user. June tells the story of her multi-year weight loss journey, and how she uses HeroMode to stay organized and motivated on her diet, exercise, and goals. Spoiler alert: after years of struggling, June finally reached her target weight this year!
HeroMode can be used in many different ways. In a previous post, I had described how I use HeroMode to break my Reddit habit. And since then, I have been successful in staying away from Reddit for many months! However, recently, I noticed a bug in my activity calendar, breaking my Reddit streak. This is of course unacceptable! So we implemented a data sync improvement, which has been released in v4.1. Now I can see my Reddit-free streak hitting more than 180 days!
HeroMode has many different use cases. Today, I describe how I use HeroMode to build a stretching routine to rehabilitate my knees.
- Set up a repeat quest for a stretching session
- Within the quest, use checkboxes to list the movements
- Each stretching session takes no more than 10 minutes to complete
- I set up the repeat quest for Mondays through Fridays, so that I'm reminded to get up and stretch during work days
- Since setting up the "Stretch time!" repeat quest, I've been stretching almost daily, and my knees are feeling a lot better!
Do you have a new habit you'd like to adopt? Here we lay out the three simple steps to use HeroMode as a Habit Tracker:
- Create an Adventure for the New Habit
- Create a Repeat Quest for the Task Associated With the Habit
- See Your Progress With Metrics and Activity Calendar
We also provide some additional tips to make your habit building journey joyful and successful.
HeroMode can be used in many different ways. In today's post, I describe how I use HeroMode to break my Reddit habit. These are the steps I took:
- Creating an Adventure called "Bye bye Reddit"
- Within this Adventure, set up a daily repeat quest for "No Reddit today"
- I used to browse Reddit most heavily at night, so I have this repeat quest automatically created at 10pm each day
- Each day, I try to complete the quest of "No Reddit today"
- With Activity Calendar and Streak, I have been able to stay away from Reddit over the last few months!
We also use HeroMode to stay healthy, be active, and eat better. HeroMode helps maintain these daily habits by
- automatically creating repeat quests to keep the Cue → Routine → Reward loop going
- adapting to our lives with flexibility
- keeping us motivated with points, activity calendar, and milestones
- leveraging social power with adventure buddies
Motivation for reading was one of our earliest HeroMode use cases. Here are some tips that have worked for us that we hope will also work for you to reach your reading goals:
- Break down a book into chapters or even pages. Split it into multiple Quests.
- "Chain up" the quests by using the "Lock Quest" functionality. When you finish a chapter, the next quest will be automatically unlocked!
- Create Adventures based on how challenging you anticipate the reading goal to be. For a particularly thick and heavy book, you can create an adventure just for this book. Alternatively, you can create an adventure for multiple books - say, based on a topic, theme, or a yearly goal.