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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

24 Best Habit Tracking Apps (2018 Updated)

24 Best Habit Tracking Apps (2018 Updated)

Everyday our lives are governed by habit. These habits are the little routines and small ways of doing things. Most people are unaware or are only slightly aware that they’re doing them.

Some habits, like smoking, can have harmful effects on your health; others like procrastination can affect your work and career.

Therefore it’s important to take back control. This can be extremely hard, some habits after all are so ingrained that we do them without thinking. Luckily there are many habits tracking apps available especially designed to help you to set goals, keep track of your habits and tackle your bad habits for free.

Here’re 24 best habit trackers recommended to you:

1. Momentum Habit Tracker

    This app has a number of great features which makes it ideal for keeping track of habits and routines.

    One of the most interesting features is that with Momentum, you can import your data into an Excel document, which allows for cross platform viewing of your progress. On top of this you’re able to set weekly targets and take notes allowing you to easily take control of your habits.

    But unlike many apps on this list, Momentum is optimized exclusively for apple devices and as such, you won’t find it on Android which is unfortunate. However a benefit of this exclusivity is that your profile on Momentum can be easily integrated on the iCloud.

    Download: iOS

    2. Habitica

      Habitica is extremely creative in its approach to tracking and maintaining good habits. It is inspired by RPG video games, each task you complete will level up your customized avatar giving you an extra incentive to stay motivated.

      Its unique video game inspired design makes keeping track of your habits and goals fun.

      The app isn’t limited to just habit tracking, but with it you can join your friends and complete quests and missions. It’s not just video game inspired, but is a game in itself.

      But those who aren’t interested in video games may not prefer Habitica.

      Download: iOS and Android

      3. Productive Habit Tracker

        Productive’s simple, but well designed interface makes keeping track of your habits simple. It is intuitively designed, with it, you’ll be able to starting planning in seconds.

        Though it is simple in its design, it is full of great features, and best of all. The app keeps track of your successes, meaning you’ll be able to measure your continuing improvement and stay motivated.

        Download: iOS

        4. StickK

          StickK was developed by behavioral economists at the prestigious Yale University. On signing up, you create a commitment contract with yourself and the app to reach your goals, you can even bet money on yourself.

          For added motivation, you can assign a friend or family member to check your data to ensure you’re on your way to reaching your goals.

          The unique commitment contract idea could be a brilliant way to stay motivated. This aspect is backed by great research, the app is based on the principles of Thaler’s nudge theory

          On top of everything, the app has an eye catching and interesting layout.

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          Download: iOS and Android

          5. Habitshare

            Habitshare blends a social networking site with a habit tracker, allowing you to grow habits with friends.

            The social options are well done and relatively uncommon, and unlike others with a social networking options, there is a messaging options allowing you to communicate with friends in real time. This allows you to motivate your friends, or be motivated by them, with it your goals become team efforts. You can also disable the social aspect and keep things private.

            However, Habitshare doesn’t allow you to schedule tasks to be done on a monthly basis, which may be useful if you usually schedule monthly bill paying.

            Download: iOS and Android

            6. MindSet: The Good Habit App™

              Mindset, has a warm, friendly layout that is easy to understand and use.

              Though many apps have a journal system, Mindset brings it to the front and center which is useful if you know that there will be many things to remember.

              Currently the app is only available to registered users of Mindset which is offered with membership to certain groups and organisations.

              Download: iOS and Android

              7. Streaks

                This apple design award winner is built around encouraging you to maintain a 12 day streak of a good habit, as such it is a great way to stay motivated.

                The interface is extremely customizible, as such, you can make it suit you and your tastes.What’s more it can be easily integrated with Health app, one of the most popular apps on the IOS. Used together, you’ll be able to develop healthy habits with ease. If you’re falling behind, the app will send you a reminder, and keep you on target.

                Download: iOS

                8. Habit List

                  Habit List is all about developing and maintaining a streak of beneficial habits.

                  It is great at tracking your habits over a long period of time, enabling you to easily make sense of your progress in a way that is easy to read and understand.

                  If you have a complicated schedule, or want to complete specific tasks on specific days, you can easily set a calendar of activities to complete, and view them accordingly.

                  Download: iOS

                  9. Balanced

                    Balanced is designed to help you keep track and measure your sleeping patterns, your exercise, and time you spend sitting, encouraging you to develop healthier habits.

                    Unlike many apps, Balanced is completely focused on healthy habits. It gets you to be concentrated on only three activities at a time so you won’t be overwhelmed.

                    Download: iOS and Android

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                    10. Simple Habit Tracker

                      Don’t be fooled by its name, simple habit tracker is one of the more interesting habit trackers and is packed with interesting features.

                      If you’re looking for inspiration, the app comes with over 200 pre-designed habits to get you started. One of the most appealing things is the s beautifully designed and eye catching interface.

                      Download: iOS

                      11. Habitbull

                        Habit-bull is one of the most feature-rich habit tracker apps and it’s detailed recording system means you’ll be able to get detailed information about your progress.

                        If you’re aiming to increase your fitness, Habitbull can be integrated with GoogleFit.

                        If you’re worried about losing your data, don’t worry it can all be backed up on the cloud, meaning you’ll never need to worry about losing track of your data.

                        But anyone who’s looking for a more simple habit tracker may find this one complicated.

                        Download: iOS and Android

                        12. Strides Habit Tracker

                          Strides Habit Tracker is a good all rounder, with all you expect from a great habit tracker and more.

                          The app is quick and easy to use, so you’ll be able to start developing great habits right away. If you plan to complete a set number of tasks for a specific date, the app calculates if you’re on track to complete it on time, enabling you to tailor your habits around your goals.

                          Download: iOS

                          13. Coach.me

                            Coach.me comes with all you might expect from a quality habit tracking app, with the extra unique feature of being able to hire either a habit coach or even a leadership coach for extra costs.

                            The coach hiring feature, if you can afford it, has the potential of having a radical impact on your goals and productivity. There are two options, leadership coaching and habit coaching, so you’ll be able to get the training you need.

                            Download: iOSAndroidWeb Browser

                            14. 42 Goals

                              42 Goals is quite simple in its design, but comes with many of the features you’d expect. Unlike many similar apps, it is optimized mostly for web browsers. The website has an online community allowing you to share your progress with friends.

                              Currently it is neither on IOS or Android, but they are in development, so stay tuned!

                              Get started: 42goals.com

                              15. Habit – 21 day routine

                                Habit – 21 day routine is built around the principle that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, as such, it encourages you to maintain a new habit over 21 consecutive days.

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                                The app’s layout is beautifully designed. The idea that it takes 21 days to form a new habit is supported by research, as such it is possible you’ll find it extremely beneficial.

                                The app limits you to one habit at a time, with extra costs attached to additional habits. And at the moment there seems to be no free version

                                Download: iOS

                                16. Chains.cc

                                  Chains.cc is fairly unique in its approach, each time you stick to your habit, your chain grows, helping you stay motivated.

                                  The app has a beautiful and intuitive interface. Most importantly, it can be used both online and off, allowing you to keep track of your habits wherever you are

                                  This is not a free app but it is relatively inexpensive.

                                  Download: iOS

                                  17. Done

                                    Done gives you the ability to track an activity multiple times a day, on top of this, the app is full of the features you’d expect from a great habit tracker.

                                    With the app, you can easily track habits you want to build up, and ones you want to slowly eliminate. Unlike many other apps, it features a number of customization options making it suit your tastes.

                                    The Premium version (paid) even allows you to export your habit data as a CSV file or on Dropbox.

                                    Unless you upgrade to premium, you can only track 3 habits on the basic version.

                                    Download: iOS

                                    18. Good Habits

                                      Good Habits offers many great ways to track the progress of your habits thanks to its smart design.

                                      The app enables you to look at the precise data of your habits and chains. Enabling you to check your progress with ease (paid version).

                                      It can be used with Apple Watch and the Today Widget for extra usability.

                                      Unfortunately, there ultimately is not too much to set it apart from other apps. But if you like the way it looks, you might have a great time.

                                      Download: iOS

                                      19. Habitify

                                        Habitify is bold in its design, and is both sleek and easy to use, and complicated and detailed.

                                        Habitify allows you to keep focused boy showing you the habits and jobs needed to do sooner first, making it ideal for busy people. Detailed graphs and statistics show you all you need to know about your progress and your habits.

                                        It can also be seamlessly synchronized across all you iOS devices.

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                                        It is relatively low on customization options, but if this isn’t a problem for you, you’ll find a lot to love

                                        Download: iOS

                                        20. Sessions

                                          Sessions is a well designed app great for timing your activities and habits.

                                          It is visually pleasing to look at thanks to its uncluttered interface. It allows you to set specific amounts of time to perform each activity, you’ll be able to carefully plan and structure your day and routine. You can also track your progress as you develop your habits and routines for maximum efficiency.

                                          Download: iOS

                                          21. Morning Routine Habit Planner

                                            Morning Routine allows you to focus on one habit at a time, ensuring you stay focused.

                                            It can be used in conjunction with Siri, for hands free use, a rare and useful feature.

                                            The app includes inspiring advice from influential and successful people, which is a great motivator.

                                            Download: iOS

                                            22. Persistence

                                              Persistence has many ways to make you stay motivated. The app tells you when you are on or off target for completing your goals enabling you to correct yourself and succeed.

                                              Being able to quickly tell when you are off and on target is extremely useful, ensuring you’ll always know when are where to push yourself or relax. As well as this, there are numerous other options and ways to track your goals.

                                              It also allows you to enter notes about your progress and habits to ensure you remember all you need.
                                              It has a $1.99 price tag with no free version. But it’s still less than a cup of coffee!

                                              Download: iOS

                                              23. Rabbit, Habit Reminders

                                                Rabbit is a way to set yourself regular reminders to help you maintain your good habits and routines. If you are looking for a simple way to set reminders, you’ll find a lot to like here.

                                                However, it lacks many of the features common in other habit tracking apps, such as the ability to make notes and keep a log of your successes or failures making it difficult to tell how you are progressing.

                                                Download: iOS

                                                24. Way of Life

                                                  Way of Life advertises itself as the “ultimate habit building app” and you can see why. It comes laden with features to ensure you are in control of your habits and routines.

                                                  On first use, users are presented with an interactive tutorial, to ensure they quickly know how to understand and use all the key features, including: the ability to share your progress on your social media profiles, export your data as an Excel file or CSV file, archive your completed goals for a full record of your success.

                                                  Some may find the layout complicated, however this is mitigated thanks to the tutorial.

                                                  Download: iOS and Android

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                                                  Last Updated on October 17, 2018

                                                  7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                                                  7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                                                  How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

                                                  If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

                                                  Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

                                                  So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

                                                  1. Meditate

                                                  We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

                                                  Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

                                                  Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

                                                  Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

                                                  Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

                                                  If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

                                                  And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

                                                  2. Get plenty of sleep

                                                  If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

                                                  If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

                                                  How much sleep should you be getting?

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                                                  Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

                                                  Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

                                                  Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

                                                  Yes, there are.

                                                  Try these three things:

                                                  • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
                                                  • Don’t eat too late
                                                  • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

                                                  Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

                                                  However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

                                                  3. Challenge your brain

                                                  When was the last time you challenged your brain?

                                                  I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

                                                  To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

                                                  Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

                                                  There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

                                                  • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                                                  • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                                                  • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

                                                  If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

                                                  Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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                                                  4. Take more breaks

                                                  When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

                                                  At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

                                                  However, I was wrong.

                                                  Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

                                                  Let me explain.

                                                  Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

                                                  Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

                                                  It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

                                                  It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

                                                  What’s the answer?

                                                  Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

                                                  If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

                                                  5. Learn a new skill

                                                  I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

                                                  “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

                                                  From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

                                                  Let me give you an example of this:

                                                  Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

                                                  Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

                                                  The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

                                                  Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

                                                  Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

                                                  6. Start working out

                                                  If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

                                                  Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

                                                  Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

                                                  “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

                                                  Not a problem.

                                                  A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

                                                  Interested in getting started?

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                                                  Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

                                                  • Join a gym
                                                  • Join a sports team
                                                  • Buy a bike
                                                  • Take up hiking
                                                  • Dance to your favorite music

                                                  7. Eat healthier foods

                                                  I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

                                                  This applies to your brain too.

                                                  The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

                                                  Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

                                                  Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

                                                  Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

                                                  • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
                                                  • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
                                                  • Nuts – improves memory
                                                  • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
                                                  • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

                                                  Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

                                                  Final thoughts

                                                  I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

                                                  You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

                                                  But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

                                                  Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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