Thank yous and recommendations

As of today, Budge has packed up and retired to the beaches of Puerta Snailarta. For the next couple months you can still log in and export your data, so do that if you are into that kind of thing.

Again, THANK YOU to the following people who believed in Habit Labs above and beyond until the end:

  • Amelia Greenhall
  • Adam Greenhall
  • Alex Koloskov
  • Scott Neilson
  • Chris DeVore & Andy Sack
  • Rick Webb
  • Jennifer Lum
  • Dave McClure
  • Esther Dyson
  • Dave Schappell
  • our 50,000+ Health Month users
  • our 5,000+ Budge beta testers
  • the radical startup scene in Seattle
  • everyone at Fitbit, Withings, Foursquare, and our other device and API partners
  • everyone who wrote about us
  • everyone who is working on building tools to help people improve their behaviors and habits

If you liked Budge, and want to continue working on your habits and behaviors, here are a few of my current favorite tools and communities:

  • Health Month, which is still going strong
  • Lift, the recently launched, and beautiful app
  • Sessions, which pairs you with a real life health coach in a modern way
Let me know if you know of others that I should recommend to users of Budge.

And if there are any developers out there who want to see the actual Budge code that we used, I’ve open sourced it on Github. Check it out for ideas, inspiration, etc, and use it however you like! 

On a personal note, I’ve recently joined Twitter and will be moving to San Francisco in the next couple months with my wife and son.  I’m excited to take what I’ve learned and help a company that I deeply believe in (some of you may remember that the first few versions of Budge were implemented entirely on Twitter).

I’m still very interested in the world of health-improvement and behavior change. Please hit me up if there’s any way I can help you out.  I’m not going to have a lot of free time for the next couple months as I get settled, but I will try to be as helpful as I can.  You can find me @busterbenson and at wayoftheduck.com, or email me at busterbenson at gmail.

Cheers!

Budge is closing down August 31st

Unfortunately, Habit Labs and the current incarnation of Budge have run their course, and will be shut down on August 31st. 

Many thanks and much love to our team (Amelia, Alex, Scott, Adam), our investors, and everyone (YOU!) who gave our ideas a try. Thank you a million times.

A post-mortem and some suggestions for best places to continue your health-improvement journey to follow in the next month.  

For now, just take a deep breath, look out the window, and appreciate this moment for all the contradictions, beauty, hope, and sweetness that it holds.

The Habit Onion

  • Layer 1: the habit you want to change
  • Layer 2: the habit of being consistent during different emotional states and environments
  • Layer 3: the habit of getting back up when you fall off the wagon

Almost all habit change philosophies focus entirely on the 1st layer of the habit onion, and assume that the other layers are healthy and thriving (and if they aren’t, just get them healthy first, silly). 

A real habit change product that cares about your long-term change will focus MORE on the 2nd and 3rd layers of the habit onion than the 1st. It’s in those layers that one learns to change themselves repeatedly and sustainably.

What is Budge?

This new tour introduces you to the snail that will remind you to do stuff. Hi Budge! 

 

pick a program

Check out the tour or just jump in and pick a program!

DID YOU KNOW? Snails that respire using a lung belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a paraphyletic group; in other words, snails with gills are divided into a number of taxonomic groups that are not very closely related. Snails with lungs and with gills have diversified widely enough over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land, numerous species with a lung can be found in freshwater, and a few species with a lung can be found in the sea.

DID YOU KNOW? Snails that respire using a lung belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a paraphyletic group; in other words, snails with gills are divided into a number of taxonomic groups that are not very closely related. Snails with lungs and with gills have diversified widely enough over geological time that a few species with gills can be found on land, numerous species with a lung can be found in freshwater, and a few species with a lung can be found in the sea.

WHOA: New Programs, Free Programs

By popular demand, today we’re releasing Stretch Animal and Plank Animal!

Pushup Animal has been so well loved - and so effective it surprised even us - that we made two of the next most requested programs ANIMAL programs as well. 

In Plank Animal, first learn how to plank (we’re talking about what yoga people call “dolphin plank” - not about this kind of planking), then work your way up to three minutes (which is really hard!) Plank is better than situps or crunches because it’s easier to do right, harder to hurt yourself, and strengthens more muscles!

For example, after you graduate to Walrus (an animal that can hold still a very. long. time.) - a whole seven days of challenges get you ready to to take on the walrus in a 60 second plank-off. 

Play it now (for free)!

Stretch Animal starts with Relaxing Lion and works up to to Overachieving Antelope level - but rather than ramping up the difficulty, these animals are more focused on just getting you to pause and stretch just a little bit each day! Freeform! This one’s all about consistency. 

Try it out (it’s free)!

Or pick one of our other programs: 

Budge programs


Here are the faces behind Bud.ge, Health Month, Gonna Try, and How’s My Email. 
Hi! 
(@ameliagreenhall, @busterbenson, @xenocid)

Here are the faces behind Bud.ge, Health Month, Gonna Try, and How’s My Email

Hi! 

(@ameliagreenhall, @busterbenson, @xenocid)

Here’s one of Habit Labs, Inc.’s top secret technical drawings. Look for more sloppily illustrated answers to all your “how does bud.ge work?” questions soon. 

Here’s one of Habit Labs, Inc.’s top secret technical drawings. Look for more sloppily illustrated answers to all your “how does bud.ge work?” questions soon. 

(Ok, how fast to 100,000?)
Become a Pushup Animal. 

(Ok, how fast to 100,000?)

Become a Pushup Animal

Hehe! Here’s a screenshot of some of @budge's recent favorite tweets. Our users love us … a lot. 

“@budge I love this start up! If we were dating it would be about time to give bud.ge a key.”

Hehe! Here’s a screenshot of some of @budge's recent favorite tweets. Our users love us … a lot. 

@budge I love this start up! If we were dating it would be about time to give bud.ge a key.”

We pushed out a new design for items on your friends page, which we really like.
You can now like what people are doing, Instagram-style
You now see in a little dot matrix the consistency of your check ins for that program. It’s an easy way to see just how close you (and others) are to making this a habit.
We roll up 30-day stats, inspiring new personal challenges like “1,000 pushups in 30 days”
Little by little, we’re getting there.
This week, we’re focused on adding a getting a few more awesome programs in the system. Any special requests?  Let us know!

We pushed out a new design for items on your friends page, which we really like.

  • You can now like what people are doing, Instagram-style
  • You now see in a little dot matrix the consistency of your check ins for that program. It’s an easy way to see just how close you (and others) are to making this a habit.
  • We roll up 30-day stats, inspiring new personal challenges like “1,000 pushups in 30 days”

Little by little, we’re getting there.

This week, we’re focused on adding a getting a few more awesome programs in the system. Any special requests?  Let us know!

ameliaatwork:

Today I went from doing pushups on my knees to “real” pushup! 
Look at some of the conversations on my checkins from the last few days. All these budge users have been educating/encouraging me… and it’s not just me - I see talk like this all over in the stream.
It feels like a little community is growing… who are these awesome people?
(Everyone else: come play too!)

Pushup talk.

ameliaatwork:

Today I went from doing pushups on my knees to “real” pushup! 

Look at some of the conversations on my checkins from the last few days. All these budge users have been educating/encouraging me… and it’s not just me - I see talk like this all over in the stream.

It feels like a little community is growing… who are these awesome people?

(Everyone else: come play too!)

Pushup talk.

Surely you can do pushups if this guy can. Play Pushup Animal! 

Surely you can do pushups if this guy can. Play Pushup Animal

healthmonth:

Health Month, meet Budge. 

This is a big exciting moment for us.

healthmonth:

Health Month, meet Budge. 

This is a big exciting moment for us.