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Last Updated on January 26, 2021

22 Best Habit Tracking Apps You Need in 2021

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22 Best Habit Tracking Apps You Need in 2021

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 22 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

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

          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. 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

              7. 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

                8. 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

                  9. 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.

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                    Download: iOS

                    10. 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

                      11. 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

                        12. 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

                          13. 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

                            14. 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.

                              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

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                              Download: iOS

                              15. 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

                                16. 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

                                  17. 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

                                    18. 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.

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

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                                      Download: iOS

                                      19. 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

                                        20. 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

                                          21. 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

                                             

                                            22. 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 7, 2021

                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity?

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                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity?

                                              “It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

                                              Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013,[1]

                                              “Today, search for ‘productivity’ and Google will come back with about 663,000,000 results. If you decide to go down this rabbit hole, you’ll be bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of content. I’m talking about books, blogs, videos, apps, podcasts, scientific studies, and subreddits all dedicated to productivity.”

                                              Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools . And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

                                              Sometimes you end up spending more time focusing on how to be productive instead of actually being productive.

                                              “The most productive people I know don’t read these books, they don’t watch these videos, they don’t try a new app every month,” James Bedell wrote in a Medium post.[2] “They are far too busy getting things done to read about Getting Things Done.”

                                              This is my mantra:

                                              I proudly say, “I am addicted to productivity — I want to be addicted to productivity — productivity is my life and my mission — and I also want to find the best way to lead others through productivity to their best selves.

                                              But most of the time productivity means putting your head down and working until the job’s done.” –John Rampton

                                              Addiction to Productivity is Real

                                              Dr. Sandra Chapman, director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth points out that the brain can get addicted to productivity just as it can to more common sources of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, eating, and shopping.

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                                              “A person might crave the recognition their work gives them or the salary increases they get,” Chapman told the BBC.[3] “The problem is that just like all addictions, over time, a person needs more and more to be satisfied, and then it starts to work against you. Withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.”

                                              Despite the harmful consequences, addiction is considered by some experts as a brain disease that affects the brain’s reward system and ends in compulsive behavior. Regardless, society tends to reward productivity — or at least to treat it positively. As a result, this makes the problem even worse.

                                              “It’s seen like a good thing: the more you work, the better,” adds Chapman. “Many people don’t realize the harm it causes until a divorce occurs and a family is broken apart, or the toll it takes on mental health.”

                                              Because of the occasional negative issues with productivity, it’s no surprise that it is considered a “mixed-blessing addiction.”

                                              “A workaholic might be earning a lot of money, just as an exercise addict is very fit,” explains Dr. Mark Griffiths, distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “But the thing about any addiction is that in the long run, the detrimental effects outweigh any short-term benefits.”

                                              “There may be an initial period where the individual who is developing a work addiction is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive, and their health and relationships are affected,” Griffiths writes in Psychology Today.[4] “It could be after one year or more, but if the individual doesn’t do anything about it, they could end up having serious health consequences.”

                                              “For instance, I speculated that the consequences of work addiction may be reclassified as something else: If someone ends up dying of a work-related heart attack, it isn’t necessarily seen as having anything to do with an addiction per se – it might be attributed to something like burnout,” he adds.

                                              There Are Three “Distinct Extreme Productivity Types

                                              Cyril Peupion, a Sydney-based productivity expert, has observed extreme productivity among clients at both large and medium-sized companies. “Most people who come to me are high performers and very successful. But often, the word they use to describe their work style is ‘unsustainable,’ and they need help getting it back on track.”

                                              By changing their work habits, Peupion assists teams and individuals improve their performance and ensure that their efforts are aligned with the overarching strategy of the business, rather than focusing on work as a means to an end. He has distinguished three types of extreme productivity in his classification: efficiency obsessive, selfishly productive, and quantity-obsessed.

                                              Efficiency obsessive. “Their desks are super tidy and their pens are probably color-coded. They are the master of ‘inbox zero.’ But they have lost sight of the big picture, and don’t know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.”

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                                              Selfishly productive. “They are so focused on their own world that if they are asked to do something outside of it, they aren’t interested. They do have the big picture in mind, but the picture is too much about them.”

                                              Quantity-obsessed. “They think; ‘The more emails I respond to, the more meetings I attend, the more tasks I do, the higher my performance.’ As a result, they face a real risk of burnout.”

                                              Peupion believes that “quantity obsessed” individuals are the most common type “because there is a pervasive belief that ‘more’ means ‘better’ at work.”

                                              The Warning Signs of Productivity Addiction

                                              Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you may be succumbing to productivity addiction. After all, most of us aren’t aware of this until it’s too late.

                                              • Can you tell when you’re “wasting” time? If so, have you ever felt guilty about it?
                                              • Does technology play a big part in optimizing your time management?
                                              • Do you talk about how busy you are most of the time? In your opinion, is hustling better than doing less?
                                              • What is your relationship with your email inbox? Are you constantly checking it or experience phantom notifications?
                                              • When you only check one item off your list, do you feel guilty?
                                              • Does stress from work interfere with your sleep?
                                              • Have you been putting things off, like a vacation or side project, because you’re “too swamped?

                                              The first step toward turning around your productivity obsession is to recognize it. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s time to make a plan to overcome your addiction to productivity.

                                              Overcoming Your Productivity Addiction

                                              Thankfully, there are ways to curb your productivity addiction. And, here are 9 such ways to achieve that goal.

                                              1. Set Limits

                                              Just because you’re hooked on productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely abstain from it. Instead, you need to establish boundaries.

                                              For example, there are a lot of amazing productivity podcasts out there. But, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them all in the course of a day. Instead, you could listen to one or two podcasts, like The Productivity Podcast or Before Breakfast, during your commute. And, that would be your only time of the day to get your productivity fix.

                                              2. Create a Not-to-Do List

                                              Essentially, the idea of a not-to-do list is to eliminate the need to practice self-discipline. Getting rid of low-value tasks and bad habits will allow you to focus on what you really want to do as opposed to weighing the pros and cons or declining time requests. More importantly, this prevents you from feeling guilty about not crossing everything off an unrealistic to-do list.

                                              3. Be Vulnerable

                                              By this, I mean admitting where you could improve. For example, if you’re new to remote work and are struggling with thi s, you would only focus on topics in this area. Suggestions would be how to create a workspace at home, not getting distracted when the kids aren’t in school, or improving remote communication and collaboration with others.

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                                              4. Understand Why You Procrastinate

                                              Often, we procrastinate to minimize negative emotions like boredom or stress. Other times it could be because it’s a learned trait, underestimating how long it takes you to complete something or having a bias towards a task.

                                              Regardless of the exact reason, we end up doing busy work, scrolling social media, or just watching one more episode of our favorite TV series. And, even though we know that it’s not for the best, we do things that make us feel better than the work we should do to restore our mood.[5]

                                              There are a lot of ways to overcome procrastination. But, the first step is to be aware of it so that you can take action. For example, if you’re dreading a difficult task, don’t just watch Netflix. Instead, procrastinate more efficiently,y like returning a phone call or working on a client pitch.

                                              5. Don’t Be a Copycat

                                              Let’s keep this short and sweet. When you find a productivity app or technique that works for you, stick with it.

                                              That’s not to say that you can’t make adjustments along the way or try new tools or hacks. However, the main takeaway should be that just because someone swears by the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

                                              6. Say Yes to Less

                                              Across the board, your philosophy should be less is more.

                                              That means only download the apps you actually use and want to keep (after you try them out) and uninstall the ones you don’t use. For example, are you currently reading a book on productivity? Don’t buy your next book until you’ve finished the one you’re currently reading (or permit yourself to toss a book that isn’t doing you any good). — and if you really want to finish a book more quickly, listen to the book on your way to work and back.

                                              Already have plans this weekend? Don’t commit to a birthday party. And, if you’re day is booked, decline that last-minute meeting request.

                                              7. Stop Focusing on What’s Next

                                              “In the age when purchasing a thing from overseas is just one click and talking to another person is one swipe right, acquiring new objects or experiences can be addictive like anything else,” writes Patrick Banks for Lifehack .

                                              “That doesn’t need to be you,” he adds. “You can stop your addition to ‘the next thing’ starting today.” After all, “there will always be this next thing if you don’t make a conscious decision to get your life back together and be the one in charge.”

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                                              • Think about your current lifestyle and the person you’re at this stage to help you identify what you aren’t satisfied with.
                                              • By setting clear goals for yourself in the future, you will be able to overcome your addiction.
                                              • Establish realistic goals.
                                              • To combat addiction, you must be aware of what is going on around you, as well as inside your head, at any given time.
                                              • Don’t spend time with people who have unhealthy behaviors.
                                              • Hold yourself accountable.
                                              • Keep a journal and write out what you want to overcome.
                                              • Appreciate no longer being addicted to what’s next.

                                              8. Simplify

                                              Each day, pick one priority task. That’s it. As long as you concentrate on one task at a time, you will be less likely to get distracted or overwhelmed by an endless list of tasks. A simple mantra to live by is: work smarter, not harder.

                                              The same is also accurate with productivity hacks and tools. Bullet journaling is a great example. Unfortunately, for many, a bullet journal is way more time-consuming and overwhelming than a traditional planner.

                                              9. Learn How to Relax

                                              “Sure, we need to produce sometimes, especially if we have to pay the bills, but, banning obsession with productivity is unhealthy,” writes Leo Babauta. “When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax.” Don’t worry about being hyper-efficient. And, don’t beat yourself up about having fun.

                                              “But what if you can’t motivate yourself … ever?” he asks. “Sure, that can be a problem. But if you relax and enjoy yourself, you’ll be happier.”

                                              “And if you work when you get excited, on things you’re excited about, and create amazing things, that’s motivation,” Leo states. “Not forcing yourself to work when you don’t want to, on things you don’t want to work on — motivation is doing things you love when you get excited.”

                                              But, how exactly can you relax? Here are some tips from Leo;

                                              • Spend 5 minutes walking outside and breathe in the fresh air.
                                              • Give yourself more time to accomplish things. Less rushing means less stress.
                                              • If you can, get outside after work to enjoy nature.
                                              • Play like a child. Even better? Play with your kids. And, have fun at work — maybe give gamification a try .
                                              • Take the day off, rest, and do something non-work-related.
                                              • Allow yourself an hour of time off. Try not to be productive during that time. Just relax.
                                              • You should work with someone who is exciting. Make your project exciting.
                                              • Don’t work in the evenings. Seriously.
                                              • Visit a massage therapist.
                                              • Just breathe.

                                              “Step by step, learn to relax,” he suggests. “Learn that productivity isn’t everything.” For that statement, sorry Leo, I say productivity isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” However, if you can’t cut loose, relax, do fun things, and do the living part of your life — you’ll crack in a big way — you really will.

                                              It’s great to create and push forward — just remember it doesn’t mean that every minute must be spent working or obsessing over productivity issues. Instead, invest your time in meaningful, high-impact work, get into it, focus, put in big time and then relax.

                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity? was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

                                              Featured photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com via unsplash.com

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