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8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

Planning a short August holiday? Sometimes the best tool for preparing and sorting your holiday is available in your pocket every day. I’ve picked out some of the top apps that I think will allow you to organise and perfect your holiday experience. Whether it’s capturing the moments or brushing up on the lingo, this selection has my highest recommendations:

1. Grid Diary

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    Want to kick-off that journal you’ve been talking about all year? Summer holiday is a perfect time, grabbing a notebook is an option, but so is Grid Diary. It’s a great app for creating short diary entries, but also answering the questions that matter to you every day. Eg. What is my focus today?

    Worth using by the pool to get clear on your goals, and capture some memories. I’ve been using this across my week and have found some great ways to improve smaller areas of my lifestyle. It’s free on iOS too.

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    2. Quick Fit

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      Already booked the holiday and need some quick workout time? This App is fantastic for smart 7-minute workouts with no weights needed. Waiting at the airport, and want to quickly boost your energy? These workouts are designed to be short, sharp and lots of fun. This is a handy app for your adventures – it’s £1.49 or $2.79 on iOS.

      3. Todoist

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        Want to get a little work done on the holiday, or blog your experiences? But need a tool to manage your task list. Todoist is your ideal to do list for on the go. It’s perfect for a vacation as it has a substantial offline experience, allowing you to get a lot of work ticked off without WiFi. Download on iOS, Android and Windows Phone (free).

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        4. FlashAcademy

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          Need to brush up on your language skills before the big summer holiday? This new language learning app would be my tip! Great selection of short-burst 5-minute lesson as well as some pretty addictive word games. I also love the Object translator within the app; you can translate anything around you into lots of different languages. I’m currently using it for French and enjoying the experience, as well as the cultural tips within the lessons. Download on iOS and Android (free)

          5. SimpleHabit

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            It’s time to zen out on this holiday, grab some free space. Take a few of the guided meditations sessions on this App, and enjoy some think space-time. I took some of the sessions on this App in the morning every two days; it helps me improve my focus for the day, and something I think everyone should try out. Kick back and try some out on your holiday for super relaxation.

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            6. Google Keep

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              They keep building on Google Keep, and it keeps getting better. No pun intended. They’ve added a web clipped and smarter label features to the service, and it’s great. I recommend for making short notes, or lists. Imagine these as your digital Post-it notes. Keep is perfect for quick notes and recommendations for food, locations, and contacts you discover on your holiday. Download on iOS and Android (free).

              7. HelloTalk

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                HelloTalk is a great app for before you go abroad. Use HelloTalk to start speaking with natives, and building mini-friendships by teaching and learning from others. I really enjoy using HelloTalk, it’s impressive. It’s fun, it’s easy to get started and will massively help you progress with your language learning. Download on iOS and Android (free)

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                8. Google Photos

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                  You’ll go to holiday, and stress out about having to delete those 340 photos from your camera roll to free-up space for the vacation snaps. Google photos are your ideal companion on holiday to manage all your photos without any issues. It’s totally free too! And I can’t stop recommending it! Download for free for Android and iOS.

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                  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

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                      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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