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5 Apps That Enable Your Modern Day Addictions

5 Apps That Enable Your Modern Day Addictions

We all have a guilty pleasure. From watching trashy TV to eating ice cream straight from the tub to blasting that terrible music you just can’t stop yourself from liking, these habits give you a sense of comfort. Whatever your obsession(s) may be, I’m sure you’d agree that you wish you could do it more frequently. Well, what if I told you that there are apps that you can download to help you keep that feeling of satisfaction going?

Get Your Game On

As an avid gamer, I find that I can spend hours on my phone without being aware of the passing time. This can be dangerous, especially in my daytime hours when I am at work but daydreaming of my next Clash of Clans session.

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Andy OS

Gaming never gets old, but staring at my phone screen does. My eyes hurt, my back aches…it’s a labor of love, what can I do?

Well, I found my solution with Andy OS. An Android Emulator, this app lets me play mobile games on my computer screen so that I have a more visually pleasing and comfortable experience. A great feature is the option to use my phone as a joystick while playing on the web app of the emulator. Saving my back and maximizing my gaming time – Andy is a great friend to keep around.

Twitch

Not just an awesome site, but also a handy app for both iOS and Android, Twitch lets you stay up-to-date on the gaming channels you love to follow.  The app keeps you chatting, browsing, following and sharing all of the streams you would be accessing on the web. If you don’t have time to play, watch. Perfect for those days that you can’t get your mind out of the game, let the Twitch app give you your gaming fix.

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Shopping

Whatever you feel about shopping, I we can all agree that getting new stuff is awesome. Sure, it has its pros and cons, but shopping doesn’t have to only be a requirement when your girlfriend is dragging you around the mall.

Shopic

When I am looking to buy something specific, I really go for it. Whether it be a new pair of jeans or a brand new, top-of-the-line TV, I research, compare and then shop. It’s a high, knowing that the item I’m buying is all mine. But this high dissipates pretty quickly once I get in line to get to the cash register.

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Here’s where I have good news: Shopic eliminates the need to wait in line! Available for iOS and Android, Shopic is the perfect solution to maintaining your shopping high. By letting you scan, purchase and pay for your item within the application, you’re saved the hassle and downer of having to wait in line. Just use Shopic and you’re all good to go, no waiting required!

Trench

A new form of “shopping,” trench is a great way to upcycle clothes that you already own. It’s a simple process; you upload the clothes that you own but no longer need. From there, you set the amount of “Trench Diamonds” (a monetary unit for the app) that you would like for each item and trade in your diamonds for clothes that other users have uploaded. This app lets you shop without spending any money – and it helps you make closet space by trading out things you no longer wear.

Splurging on Food

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When hunger hits, you need to satisfy it. And when that hunger hits, you eat. If I’m out and about when I get hungry, you can find me at the nearest burger joint. Going out to eat is a drain on the wallet and isn’t the healthiest option, but it’s fun, easy and something I can’t get enough of.

Deliveroo

I’m not only guilty of going to restaurants to eat – I am an infamous food orderer. After coming home from a long day of work, I don’t have the energy to cook. So I hit up Deliveroo and order from a large selection of local restaurants. Even better, they boast an average of 32 minute delivery time. With delivery services available from noon until 11 pm, this is also perfect for busy days at the office with no time to pick up food.

Some would say that technology itself is a modern day addiction and let’s be honest – that’s pretty accurate. But who says that addictions always have to be bad? These apps help me get my fix of efficiency, entertainment and sustenance. So let’s utilize our tech obsessions to further our real life ones.

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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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