In the words of the classic sung by ‘Ella Fitz Gerald‘: It’s summertime and the living’ is easy.”
Thankfully with the latest new technology, its bound to be even easier. It’s no secret that this year startups, technology trends and game changing apps are launching almost daily to solve the World’s biggest problems, offer unique solutions and act as a method of change from the way we’ve been doing things for the past 100 years.
This Summer while you’re attending events, relaxing, catching up with friends and family, or even working we’ve narrowed down a five great apps that you’ll love this Summer!Advertising
If you’re still stuck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, you’ve been living under a rock if you’re not on Snapchat yet. Once you get the hang of it (especially, trying the various fun filters), you’ll be hooked. The platform is catching on rapidly, and is in a lane of its own when it comes to social media – since messages and stories disappear within a matter of seconds (or 24 hours) compared to other apps and social media platforms.
According to the Wall Street Journal, for a while the app was dominated by younger users, and now it’s finally catching on to older users, too.
You’ll love this app if you’re both: living in a busy city and a foodie. For example: living in a city such as New York or San Francisco, we’ve all had to go through waiting in a long line to grab our lunch, finding it difficult to find something good to eat or just not wanting to spend $15 on lunch.Advertising
The newest app, Meal Pass, is hoping to change these experiences for just under $6 per/day. Other awesome Meal Pass perks includes: a variety of the best restaurants to choose from in various major cities, skipping the line and more! Get on the list now.
Have you ever been to a music festival or crowded event and lost track of your friends? Or possibly, you’d like to know when you’re friends arrive home safely from a night out on town? If this sounds like a common dilemma the GeoZilla app is the solution. Never lose your friends at a crowded event with this free app which allows you to find the members of your circle at the exact location at any moment – without draining your battery.
In addition, it has a variety of other helpful features, including group chat and a check-in feature. Have a squad of more than 12 people? Luckily, GeoZilla Pro can support users of more than 12.Advertising
4. Heat App
Have you and your friends ever went to an event and it was completely dead? Or, are you seeking new hot spots to hang out at this Summer? Or possibly, you’ve been out in the town when the night is still young, trying to figure out what to do or where to go next?
The Heat App will prevent you from wasting time this Summer trying to locate a fun party or worthwhile event. Know before you go with the Heat App, since this crowd sourced mobile app identifies trending locations in realtime. Thankfully, the app is already available in various cities around the World.
If you’re like many, you habitually use emojis, gifs or images via social media, texts, etc. The app, Dango, combines artificial intelligence to find you the perfect emojis, GIFs and stickers while messaging in any app. Apparently, you can trust Dango to come up with the best responses (quickly) to your texts. Currently, the app is only available for Android users – the app is available and can be downloaded in the Google Play store, here.Advertising
Featured photo credit: Geozilla via geozilla.com
Last Updated on February 15, 2019
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.