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5 Amazing Apps to Help You Build Habits Faster

5 Amazing Apps to Help You Build Habits Faster

66 Days.

That’s how long it takes to build new habits.

This is no easy task. And it’s no surprise that 9 out of 10 people fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.

While having the right motivation and purpose is the first step, relying on willpower alone can only take you so far. This is why we’ve collected 5 useful apps (many of which we personally use at our company, Rype) to build new habits and achieve your goals.

Whether your goal is to lose 15 lbs, learn a new language, or to simply reduce your stress, you can use the following tools to help you get there even faster.

We hope these are helpful to you in achieving your goals and building habits.

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1. Pause

For managing stress and anxiety

Stress is one of the deadliest and most common traits that lead to diseases and premature death. Luckily, it’s also something we can control, as long as we take the time to pause and slow down during our busy days.

This is what Pause helps you do.

You simply open up the app, and start to slowly follow around the circle that roams through your screen as it gets bigger. The premise is that by the time you’re done, you’ve rested your mind by focusing on something else.

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    2. Coach.me

    A community of habit builders

    Formerly the Lift app, Coach.me is not only a habit tracker, but a community. You can design a plan (or hire a coach for $15 per week), and share it publicly with the community for feedback and support.

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    Some people don’t like sharing their goals publicly, and they have the option to change your privacy settings inside the app as well. Overall, it is a simple and useful app to build new habits in your life.

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      3. Habit List

      Set, track, and build new habits

      Another great app we want to recommend is: Habit List. While Coach.me is focused more on helping you achieve your goals, this app allows you to track new habits that you want to build in the simplest way possible.

      You can create a new habit and set which days of the week you want to complete it, set reminders for yourself, and even skip habits while on vacation or taking time off.

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        4. Strides

        Habit tracking, visualized

        Out of all the habit building apps we mentioned, Strides takes the ribbon for design. It’s a beautiful and visual app that allows you to see all of your tracked habits and progress in one place.

        In terms of functionality, it’s similar to what Habit List will provide you, except Strides helps you go in-depth with your different habits. For example, they ask you to choose which tracker is appropriate for the habit you’re building:

        • Target Tracker
        • Habit Tracker
        • Average Tracker

        The flexibility and diversity of trackers is what makes Strides stand out. For example, you can set a goal to say learn how to speak Spanish in 3 months (target tracker), then set a new habit to learn with a professional Spanish teacher 2x/week (habit tracker).

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          5. Calm

          Peace of mind on-demand

          As I write this post, I have Calm’s Mountain Lake background noise on to help me focus. Many people compare it to Headspace, which we’ve recommended in our happiness post here, but I personally prefer Calm because of its diverse functions.

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          You can use it for:

          • Meditation guidance
          • Gratitude practice
          • Soothing background noise
          • and more

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            How do you build new habits?

            Here we’ve shared with you our 5 most useful apps to build new habits, but we’d love for you to share yours! Also, don’t forget to share this with your friends!

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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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