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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 March 25, 2020

            How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

            How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

            Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

            Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

            Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

            In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

            1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

            A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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            If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

            2. Fix Your Posture

            If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

            Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

            3. Hold Your Posture

            It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

            Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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            4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

            The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

            Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

            So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

            5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

            Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

            6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

            Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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            Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

            7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

            The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

            Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

            8. Practice, Practice, Practice

            Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

            Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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            9. Check out Some Online Games

            There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

            10. Dictation Practice

            If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

            11. Monitor Your Progress

            Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

            12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

            There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

            Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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