A few years ago, I bought my first Apple Watch and it literally changed my life. By closing the watch’s activity rings, I began to form healthy habits and eventually achieved a really long daily streak. It’s rewarding and it provides a sense of accomplishment. In short time, it becomes an addition. While it’s healthy to stand, exercise, and burn calories, it’s still an addiction. What happens when you need to take a sick day but you also want to close your rings? It all comes crashing down.

Almost every app out there that promotes forming good habits using streaks faces this dilemma. Integrating sick days could be a solution, but deep down you know that the streak ended and your charts will forever reflect that. …

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Terry Karavoulias

Founder of @Karaverse in Montreal. Director of Engineering. Creator of Pizza The Pie.

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