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Last Updated on August 20, 2020

22 Best Habit Tracking Apps You Need in 2020

22 Best Habit Tracking Apps You Need in 2020

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 September 24, 2020

                                              How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule to Succeed in Life

                                              How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule to Succeed in Life

                                              The world of productivity has several hacks or tricks to help you manage your time: to-do lists, the Pomodoro Technique, Parkinson’s Law… All of these strategies are great strategies in their own way, but one strategy stands above all the others: the 80 20 rule.

                                              This particular strategy has been used the most and is regarded as the most helpful in developing time management and other concepts in life.

                                              But what’s so special about this rule? How does it give you success and how do you use it? Let’s explore the specifics.

                                              What Is the 80 20 Rule?

                                              Many people regard this rule as the 80 20 rule, but it has a proper name: the Pareto Principle[1]. The principle was named after its founder,  the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in society were divided into two categories:

                                              • The “vital few,” which consisted of the top 20 percent with respect to money and influence.
                                              • The “trivial many,” otherwise known as the bottom 80 percent.

                                              As he researched this further, he came to discover that this divide didn’t apply only to money and influence, but other areas, too. Virtually all economic activity was subject to his previous observation.

                                              He observed that 80% of Italy’s wealth at the time was controlled by only 20% of the population.

                                              Since the development of this rule, humankind has used this particular ratio in all kinds of situations. Even if the ratio isn’t always exact, we see this rule applied in many industries and in life. Examples are:

                                              • 20% of sales reps will generate 80% of your total sales.
                                              • 20% of customers account for 80% of total profits.
                                              • 80% of the revenue will stem from 20% of the workers.

                                              Either way, I’m sure you can piece together why people call this rule the 80 20 rule over Pareto’s Principle[2].

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                                                In terms of how this particular rule will be able to work for you, it’s a matter of applying this rule to how you spend your time. For us to see success, the goal is simple.

                                                We need to set it up in such a way that 20% of our input is responsible for 80% of our results.

                                                Another way to think about it is we use 20% of our time on activities that give us 80% of our results in a given area of life.

                                                How Does the 80 20 Rule Work?

                                                To best explain this, let’s visualize a bit.

                                                In an ideal world:

                                                • Every employee would contribute the same amount of effort to work.
                                                • Every feature that’s released for an app or product would be equally loved by users.
                                                • Each business idea you come up with would be a hit.

                                                In that scenario, planning would be a breeze. There wouldn’t be any need to analyze anything so long as you put in the effort.

                                                But that’s not reality.

                                                Yes, the effort is certainly an element, but what the 80 20 principle states is that everything is unequal. Invest in 10 start-up companies, and you’ll find only a few will pass year two and make it big. You’re in a team of five, and there’ll be one person doing more work than others.

                                                We wish our lives were always one-for-one in terms of input and output, but that’s simply not true. Understanding this is key to understanding how the 80 20 rule really works.

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                                                So how does it really work?

                                                It’s a matter of focusing on what’s giving you the most in your life for little of your time.

                                                Going back to the few examples I’ve presented above, consider this:

                                                • If two start-ups you invested in are making it big, focus on having a more direct hand, and see if you can help them prosper more.
                                                • If 20% of sales reps are giving you 80% of your sales, focus on rewarding those and keeping their spirits high and motivated.

                                                These scenarios can go on and on, but the idea is to place your efforts on the 20% that is actually making the difference in your life. Another term that’s good to know is the diminishing marginal utility[3].

                                                Pareto didn’t come up with this one, but the law goes as follows: each extra hour of effort or worker will add less “oomph” to your finished results.

                                                Eventually, you’ll hit a point where you will spend a lot of time on small and unimportant details, similar to perfectionism.

                                                So before hitting that point, you want to have a laser focus on the most important details, from family and relationships to your work or business. Prioritize the activities that are going to move you forward the most, and be wary of adding extra time, effort, or more hands into those particular tasks moving forward.

                                                How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule

                                                So now that you have an understanding of the 80 20 rule and how it works, what is the best way to take advantage of it?

                                                Depending on where you are applying this rule, this can be used in all kinds of fashions.

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                                                For example, you can apply this rule to goal setting, as demonstrated by Brian Tracy in this video:

                                                Or you can apply it in terms of general productivity as explained in this article: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                                                The core of this rule is that it forces us to ask ourselves the questions we wouldn’t consider otherwise. It helps us to place our focus in the right places with regards to all things in life.

                                                In short, the 80 20 rule places us in charge of our lives and helps us set out on our goals and dreams. With this in mind, here are some things you can consider concerning this rule.

                                                1. Focus on Your Big Tasks First

                                                While this is the essence of the 80 20 rule, it’s still worth mentioning. Why? Because so many of us feel intimidated by the biggest task. We instinctively avoid it and opt for smaller tasks first.

                                                We think that if we complete enough small tasks that we will feel motivated to finish that really big one later. But that’s really false hope at work.

                                                Once we finish off a lot of small tasks, we either feel drained, or we tell ourselves we’ll do this the next day.

                                                Instead of doing all that, bite the bullet and tackle the largest task first.

                                                If you need help with prioritization, check out this article.

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                                                I argue this by challenging you to ask yourself this one question:

                                                “Is the task I’m about to do the top 20 percent of my activities or the bottom 80 percent?”

                                                I’m sure you’ve seen time and again you or other workers spending a lot of time on one task for most of the day. In those kinds of grinds, you’re barely getting ahead and have next to nothing to show for it. That’s because they’re putting all their attention on work that’s in the 80 percent.

                                                It’s normally the big tasks that are part of the 20 percent.

                                                Another way to think about this is that everything we do starts a habit. If every day we spend our energy on low-value tasks, we will always prioritize those.

                                                2. Stretch This Into Personal Life

                                                While I’ve been talking about business and setting goals, remember you can use this in other areas of your life, too.

                                                Take your personal life and ask yourself some of these questions:

                                                • How much TV do you watch on a regular basis? What sort of shows are you legitimately into? These questions can help you in recognizing what shows you are watching purely for consumption. By applying the 80 20 rule, you can cut back on Netflix, TV, or YouTube video consumption and prioritize other areas of your life.
                                                • What does your wardrobe look like in terms of colors? Are there specific colors that you like? Knowing what you wear most times will help you in sorting out your wardrobe significantly. It also saves you time to come up with what to wear every morning.
                                                • How many newsletters do you actually read? This question can help you in figuring out which newsletters to unsubscribe to and can clear up a lot of space in your inbox. It can also relieve pressure from having to check your emails constantly.
                                                • How much time do you spend on your phone every day? How much of that time is actually doing something meaningful? These questions can help you in clearing out various apps that aren’t helping you with your goals. In fact, this can curb the need to check your phone constantly.

                                                Final Thoughts

                                                The 80 20 rule is the productivity hack that many of us need, and for good reason. As you can tell, it’ll help you to focus and prioritize the more important aspects of your life.

                                                Not only that, but it’ll maximize those outputs at the same time and ensure you’re not spending too much time working on them. All you need to do is start asking questions and taking action.

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