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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

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.

          Download: iOS and Android

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          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

                    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.

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                      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.

                                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

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                                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.

                                        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.

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                                          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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                                                  Published on January 16, 2019

                                                  How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                                  How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

                                                  We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

                                                  You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

                                                  You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

                                                  That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

                                                  Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

                                                  1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

                                                  Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

                                                  We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

                                                  To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

                                                  At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

                                                  The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

                                                  2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

                                                  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

                                                  The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

                                                  In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

                                                  It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

                                                  It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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                                                  So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

                                                  • Are you a great strategist?
                                                  • Are you an effective planner?
                                                  • Is Project Management your strength?
                                                  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
                                                  • Are you the ideas person?
                                                  • Is Implementation your strength?

                                                  Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

                                                  3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

                                                  One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

                                                  Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

                                                  Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

                                                  Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

                                                  4. Take Time for Planning

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

                                                  One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

                                                  You can take the time to think about:

                                                  • What’s the purpose of the project?
                                                  • How Important is it?
                                                  • When does it need to be delivered by?
                                                  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
                                                  • What are the KPIs?
                                                  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
                                                  • Who is working on this project?
                                                  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
                                                  • What tolerances can I add in?
                                                  • What are the review stages?
                                                  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

                                                  Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

                                                  5. Focus on Priorities

                                                  Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

                                                  Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

                                                  One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

                                                  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
                                                  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
                                                  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
                                                  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

                                                  James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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                                                    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

                                                    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

                                                    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

                                                    6. Take Time Out

                                                    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

                                                    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

                                                    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

                                                    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

                                                    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

                                                    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

                                                    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

                                                    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

                                                    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

                                                    8. Stop Multitasking

                                                    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

                                                    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

                                                    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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                                                    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

                                                    9. Work in Blocks of Time

                                                    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

                                                    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

                                                    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

                                                    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

                                                    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

                                                    Then take another 10-minute break.

                                                    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

                                                    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

                                                    10. Get Rid of Distractions

                                                    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

                                                    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

                                                    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

                                                    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

                                                    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

                                                    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

                                                    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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                                                    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

                                                    12. Take a Time Audit

                                                    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

                                                    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

                                                    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

                                                    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

                                                    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

                                                    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

                                                    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

                                                    13. Protect Your Confidence

                                                    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

                                                    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

                                                    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

                                                    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

                                                    Final Words

                                                    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

                                                    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

                                                    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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