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User Profile: Cecilia Saia

Oct. 31, 2012 by James Tauber

This is the first of a series of profiles we're doing on some of the people that use Habitualist to track their actions and build habits. Kicking off this series is Cecilia Saia.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a Social Media professional, and tech blogger at Acceso Directo, who loves what she does and is always on the look for cool tools to make life easier. I enjoy reading, and dream of traveling around the world.

What are some of the things you use Habitualist for?

With a full-time job to take care of during the day, it's easy to forget the many simple tasks that I need to do to keep growing my personal projects, and achieve a good balance between obligations and pleasure. Habitualist has been the BEST ally I've found to keep my mind organized, and always make sure I'm doing what I need --and want-- to do.

I use it to remind myself to post consistently on my blogs, do maintenance on my Social Media profiles, and even make sure I do my laundry on time ;)

Habitualist helps me forget about the urgent, and focus on the important.

How would you describe Habitualist to a friend?

Habitualist is as simple as it is powerful. The tool lets you customize your habits list and its view for you to get a glimpse on what you need to do, and motivates you to do so by keeping scores. You only have to answer to yourself, and that may be one of its biggest strengths.

Besides using Habitualist, what tips do you have on how to build habits?

Make it as easy for yourself as you can. Don't wait until the last minute, when you're most likely to put resistance. Use the moments of inspiration to help your future self: get your workout outfit ready in advance so it's easier to hit the Gym, clear out your browser tabs before beginning to work, and so.

It's also a good idea to try and link the new habit to an existing one. For example, start cleaning the room while you watch your unmissable TV show, or make a habit of calling your mom to say Hi every morning while you wait for your coffee to be ready.

Habitualist is a great way of tracking the things you want to do on a regular basis, the things you want to turn into habits.

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