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Last Updated on May 3, 2019

24 Best Habit Tracking Apps (2019 Updated)

24 Best Habit Tracking Apps (2019 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 November 19, 2019

                                                  10 Effective Time Management Techniques for Busy People

                                                  10 Effective Time Management Techniques for Busy People

                                                  When was the last time you’ve heard someone mention that they were too busy to do something?

                                                  It wasn’t long ago when I’d wake only with enough time to get ready for work and had little time to do anything when I’d get out. Today, I write 1000 words, read at least one hour, listen to Podcasts, go to the gym, while managing a full-time job. This isn’t to brag because there are people who do much more than I do.

                                                  That’s what’s possible when you use the most effective time management techniques.

                                                  Time management isn’t complicated. It comes down to having the discipline to execute what’s required each day–when no one is looking. It means being productive on days when you’re not in the mood. Time management is challenging, but having control of your day is worth the sacrifice.

                                                  Here are some effective time management techniques you can use to take back control of your days.

                                                  1. Let Your Burning Desire Fuel You

                                                  Have you ever wondered how some people are able to go to the gym 5 to 7 days per week for years? Or how some entrepreneurs are able to sacrifice their weekends to be successful?

                                                  They’re able to achieve so much because they’re committed, avoiding distractions daily.

                                                  Take Kobe Bryant, for example, who woke up hours before training to practice his shooting.

                                                  Some call it finding your passion, others finding your life meaning. Don’t overthink it – just picture how your ideal life would be.

                                                  What type of work would you be doing? What type of lifestyle would you have? Odds are that there’s some gap between your current life and where you want to be.

                                                  Use these answers to set meaningful goals towards living your ideal life. You’ll be able to push through tough times and be laser-focused on managing your time.

                                                  This article will help you find the fuel: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                                                  2. Track How You’re Using Your Time

                                                  If you don’t know how you’re spending your days, you’re wasting your time.

                                                  Don’t believe me?

                                                  Data shows that the average person spends 3 hours on their phone daily.[1] And this is only time on your smartphone, not including your “breaks” and other parts of your day. That’s why tracking your time is key to understanding how you’re spending your time and how to optimize it.

                                                  A great app to help you track time is Atracker. When you first use this app to track your time, you’ll feel “weird.” Imagine logging in your time during and after your break, when you’re reading and watching TV.

                                                  The truth is tracking your time isn’t sexy and can make you feel like a robot. At least this was the case for me after tracking my time for close to a year.

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                                                  Instead, focus only on tracking your most important tasks. For example, if your goal for the day is to write 1000 words, track this. Tracking all your tasks for an entire day can cause you to burn out. A good rule of thumb to follow is making 2–5 hours available for your productive tasks each day.

                                                  It’s better to complete 4 tasks feeling motivated than 8, feeling stressed.

                                                  3. Master Adjusting to Unexpected Events

                                                  Imagine setting your goals for the next day:

                                                  You write what you’ll do and estimate how long it would take you to complete each task. Because it’s a Monday, you know how your day will play out. Then, out of nowhere, your boss asks you to complete a demanding task that pushes to work until 7 pm. You come tired but your kids and wife are demanding attention – so you spend time with them. Before you know it, it’s 10 pm and time for you to go to bed.

                                                  The scenario above is different for everyone, but the outcome is the same – nothing gets done.

                                                  Many times, I’ve experienced days like this and remained disappointed going to bed. But, the reality is you need to get great at adapting to the unexpected.

                                                  How?

                                                  By securing as much time during your day as possible. This means waking up 2 to 3 hours earlier to complete your most important tasks. It also means evaluating your current environment to take full advantage of it.

                                                  In your commute to and from work, listen to an educational Podcast instead of music, carry a book with you at all times so you can read during your idle time.

                                                  Now, think about which areas in your day you’re not taking full advantage of.

                                                  4. Use This Word for Effective Time Management

                                                  “One can’t have something for nothing. Happiness has got to be paid for…” –Aldous Huxley,

                                                  I get it, you hate saying “no.” I don’t like to say this word either. But, the reality is you’ve been saying “no” without knowing. For each time you’ve said “yes” to something, you’ve said “no” somewhere else.

                                                  There’s no such thing as getting something for nothing. When a friend asks you out to go for drinks and say “yes”, you’ve said “no” to writing 500 words, or you’ve said “no” to spending time with your family.

                                                  Throughout your day, you’ll get bombarded with different requests — from taking out the trash to spending time with friends. It’s up to you to focus on what’s important and how you’ll spend your time.

                                                  Saying “no” isn’t always the answer but learning when to do so will help you free up more time throughout your day. Learn the Gentle Art of Saying No with Leo Babauta.

                                                  5. Add Important Tasks to Your Schedule

                                                  “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” –Abraham Lincoln

                                                  You can spend 5 hours being productive each day and still be wasting your time.

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                                                  How?

                                                  By working on the wrong tasks.

                                                  This is something I’ve struggled with in the past and something you need to avoid if you want to maximize your time.

                                                  Spend a good amount of time planning for how you’ll reach your goals. For example, if you hope to build a successful business study those who’re already where you want to be. Then, set one or two goals that you believe will help you get there. Make your goals SMART.

                                                  SMART goals are specific and relevant. This way you can track them and ensure that they’re attainable. Setting SMART goals guarantees that you’ll be productive, working on your important tasks.

                                                  A few years back, I’d wanted to create an SEO (search engine optimization) business. The problem was that I didn’t know any better and spent months building my website.

                                                  The result?

                                                  After finishing my website, I’d realized that I wasn’t as interested in SEO as I’d thought before. So, I started from scratch–wasting dozens of hours building a website I’d never used.

                                                  Having SMART goals would’ve avoided me this fate.

                                                  6. Only Complete What’s Important

                                                  Filling your calendar with productive tasks isn’t the only goal with time management. It’s about accomplishing only your most important tasks. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a race to the bottom–having unfinished to-do items each day.

                                                  First, figure out what you’re trying to do — Are you looking to get a new promotion? Are you wanting to start earning money through freelance writing?

                                                  Once you’ve set your SMART goals, break them down into daily actionable goals. Focus on your most important tasks and complete them first. Spend no more than 3 to 4 hours daily completing these goals. This is assuming you have a full-time job, or else you’ll burn out.

                                                  Many successful entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk work an enormous amount of hours daily. But, this isn’t sustainable for most people.

                                                  Not too long ago, I’d filled my schedule with over 5 hours of work on top of my full-time job. When I focused only on being productive, my relationships suffered. I also wasn’t getting the results I’d wanted.

                                                  However, having less time forced me to find shortcuts and focus only on my most productive tasks.

                                                  7. Limit Your Time on Each Task

                                                  Parkinson’s law states that work will expand until it fills the time available.[2] So give yourself 4 hours to complete something and you’ll spend that amount of time to do so.

                                                  Think back when you were in school and had a paper to write, if you were like most, you’d procrastinate until the last moment – and somehow complete the paper in a few hours.

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                                                  That’s Parkinson’s law in motion.

                                                  To be efficient with your time, you’ll need to set a cap for every task you work on. It’ll be challenging in the beginning but you’ll soon learn to maximize your time.

                                                  For example, if you have to write a 1500 post give yourself 4 hours to complete it. This factors in 2 hours to write 1500 words, and 2 hours to edit. If you find yourself short in time, add an extra hour next time.

                                                  This is a never-ending process. But, you’ll become more efficient the more you practice it.

                                                  8. Recharge Your Mind Daily

                                                  You can have all the drive int he world; but without a clear mind, you’ll burn out.

                                                  Meditating isn’t hype, it works. Despite the research backing up its positive claims, meditating helps you be present.[3]

                                                  If you’ve come home, tired from work, wondering where your day went, you know what not being present is like. Imagine showing up to class half asleep. Then, imagine feeling energized in class and asking questions.

                                                  The second example is how being present can affect the quality of your work. Instead of completing your tasks half engaged, your work quality will improve.

                                                  So, how do you meditate?

                                                  By starting.

                                                  When I first started meditating, I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually, I’d started using a guided meditating app and have enjoyed meditation since.

                                                  Learn from the many great resources who expound on this topic and experience the life-changing benefits:

                                                  9. Use This Strategy to Stay Laser-Focused

                                                  Are you a great multi-tasker?

                                                  If you’d answered yes, then you’re sacrificing efficiency.

                                                  In today’s time, most people pride themselves with being a great “multitaskers.” Even managers at big corporations pride themselves on juggling many tasks.

                                                  Despite corporate America’s pressure to do more, multitasking isn’t the solution.

                                                  Why?

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                                                  Because you’ll take longer to complete tasks and make more errors. It’s a lose-lose situation.

                                                  Instead, focus on completing one task with efficiency. Doing so will help you avoid burning out and make fewer mistakes. But, focusing on one task is easier said than done.

                                                  As a previous multitasker, I needed to look at my phone while I was writing, and watch TV while I was reading. Despite me wanting to focus, it was one of the most challenging things to do and for a good reason. In today’s Western society there are thousands of distractions daily.

                                                  Research shows that an average person sees 5000+ ads per day.[4] Factor in work commitments, family obligations and it’s clear on why we have a hard time focusing.

                                                  A solution that’s worked for me has been meditating and working in Pomodoro sprints. The Pomodoro technique involves working in 20 to 45 minute intervals– with a 5 to 10 minute break in-between. For example, you’d work non-stop for 25 minutes, have a 5-minute break, then repeat.

                                                  Using the Pomodoro technique will help you stay focused without burning out.

                                                  10. Constantly Seek to Improve

                                                  Time management isn’t a skill you practice once and slap into your resume. It’s a skill that requires a huge time investment and patience. You’re not going to be an expert at managing your time only by reading this article.

                                                  You also don’t need to learn a dozen strategies. Chances are you know some techniques on how to better manage your time but aren’t applying them. Your solution is to create a productive environment.

                                                  Follow productive people, and listen to experts who share tips on productivity. Soon their good habits will begin to stick for you.

                                                  As you track your time, journal your progress; so that you can keep track of how well you’re managing your time and where you’re falling short.

                                                  As you become better, you’ll know how long a certain task will take you to complete and be able to plan ahead.

                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  Imagine setting a goal and feeling confident that you’d achieve it.

                                                  Even if you didn’t achieve it, you’d know that you’d at least make significant progress. All because you became a master at managing your time.

                                                  Managing my time better has allowed me to be in control of my days. It has given me the strength to say “no” and improve the quality of my work. You too can achieve great things if you’re willing to put in the work!

                                                  Now that you know some of some the most effective time management techniques, choose one to work on. Once you’ve mastered one move on to the next one.

                                                  Soon you’ll be a productivity machine–accomplishing more by 10 am than most of the world does in their entire day.

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                                                  Featured photo credit: Jens Kreuter via unsplash.com

                                                  Reference

                                                  [1] comscore: Mobile Matures as the Cross-Platform Era Emerges
                                                  [2] Harvard Business Review: Why We Procrastinate When We Have Long Deadlines
                                                  [3] National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Meditation: In Depth
                                                  [4] SJ Insights: Part Art or Part Science?

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