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6 Apps To Save Time While Doing Stuff Around The House

6 Apps To Save Time While Doing Stuff Around The House

Getting things done around the house — you have your ideal goals set for getting everything done, but the reality is that not everything gets done. There are probably lots of reasons. After all, things come up. You have your job to worry about, the kids or grandkids to keep up with, and hobbies that sometimes simply must take precedence. Fortunately, today’s tech-savvy society can help. Take a look at these apps, as well as this list from Time Magazine, to ensure you get organized and complete your entire checklist!

1. Brightnest

This is a free app for Apple users. It offers tips and suggestions on various topics of keeping house, such as cleaning out the fridge, making towels fluffier, and organizing your closet. It is divided into eight categories — healthy, green, savvy, curious, clean, handy, creative, hungry. Within the eight categories, there are multiple suggestions. Each suggestion is shown on a colorful card and is broken down into steps, which make the tasks doable. Following some of these suggestions can help you save time when doing various tasks around the house.

BrightNest is available for free on Android and iOS.

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2. Chorma

This app is one that all members of the household can use interactively. If all members put it on their phone or iPad, they can see what chores need to be done and then choose which ones they would like to fulfill. Each chore will list the due date and points earned by completing the task. Each chore then can be assigned to members in the Chorma household. The points can be redeemed for something that all members in the house agree to, such as cookies, a movie, family pizza night, or whatever you choose. This app will give everyone more time because the household chores will be shared among all household members and will not fall on one person.

This is a free app for Apple devices.

3. Chore Checklist Lite

Android and Apple users alike can use Chore Checklist to get going on with cleaning the house. Sometimes, all you need to get motivated to get stuff done around the house and save time while doing it is to have a checklist ready to go and reminders set. The chore checklist app can be set up so that the user can list out everything that needs to be done with reminders and dates for when they need to be completed. Users can also opt for the regular version for $1.50, which unlocks multiple task lists.

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Free for Android and for iOS.

4. Fairshare

A free app for Android and Apple users that is similar to Chorma is Fairshare. This app allows household members to interact with one another as they list out, assign, and complete household tasks. Each task, just like in Chorma, is assigned points. The points can be used as a competition or can be used as a team approach. For example, if an individual reaches 300 points, then everyone buys that person their favorite soda. Or, if everyone together reaches 1,000 points, everyone goes out to dinner together and splits the bill according to how many points each individual earned. This app also features a shared grocery list that each user can see and can check off when they have bought something from the list for the house. App users in the same household can also private message each other within the app.

Free for Android and for iOS.

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5. Spring Cleaning Checklist

Android users can use the Spring Cleaning Checklist app for free. This app allows the user to organize their cleaning tasks into checklists for each room of the house. It also features cleaning tips and household trick videos. The checklist will help you to stay on task, thus reducing the time it takes to complete the cleaning chores. The cleaning tips and household tricks can arm you with instructions on how to do something specific, thus reducing the time you would have spent trying to figure it out yourself.

Free for Android.

6. Zillow Digs

A very inspirational app that not only helps you estimate the costs for repairs of things around your house, such as remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom, but you can also get real ideas. Browse from real-life examples and calculate what it will take for you to recreate the same look in your house. You can spend hours in this app alone.

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Free for iOS.

Using one of these 6 apps can help you remember what you need to get done around the house, when it needs to be done, and how to do it, thus saving you time to be able to enjoy life by watching movies, playing games, reading books, or doing whatever else makes you happy. Also, to save money for the stuff you do around the house, be sure to see Reviewsters list of the best free shopping deal apps.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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