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7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Keep You on Track in 2020

7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Keep You on Track in 2020

In today’s busy and fast-paced life, we often focus on organizational goals instead of our own. Because we are so busy all the time that we forget to look after our own well-being. This means being spiritually, physically and mentally balanced.

So, in the subsequent sections, I will go over 7 clever goal tracker apps that will help you move from procrastination to a goal-setting junkie.

1. Strides

    Strides was released worldwide in 2013. It is multifaceted mobile app that allows used to keep track of all their goals and tasks to be completed in a timely manner.

    It has a dashboard with capabilities to see everything at a glance. In addition, Strides comes four trackers (target, habit, average and milestone) and helps folks maintain important daily habits to fulfill.

    The Strides app allows you to keep track of everything. You can track your goals and tasks by the day, week, month or the year. It really depends on what you seek and comes with customizations tailored to your needs.

    Available on iOS

    2. Way of Life

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      You want a habit tracker that is beautiful, easy-to-use and intuitive? Try Way of Life! The app was released in 2010. There is a free and a premium version. You can upgrade for $3.99 and add unlimited number of items to keep track of.

      The app allows users to keep track of good and bad habits. These habits are not just created as items, but you will have a chance to visualize items via charts and graphs. So, your habits can become manageable with the functionality and built-in tools.

      Remember to keep a list of items short. Otherwise, your goals will never be realized and completed.

      Available on iOS | Android

      3. GoalsOnTrack

        The company was founded in 2008 and is a web-based software that enables users to keep your goals on track. The app is designed to keep track of SMART goal — Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Realistic goals.

        One of the many highlights of the app is that it allows you to get things done. In addition, you are able to see progress of your goals at a glance, track your time, keep a journal and more.

        What is also great about the app is the built-in journaling feature. Not only can you utilize this feature, but also personalize and write detailed information about your goals and progress.

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        Available on iOS

        4. Coach.me

          The company was launched in 2011 and was initially known as Lift Worldwide before undergoing a transformation. It proclaims itself to be the leading habit tracking app and allows users to connect Coach.me community.

          Unlike the other apps in this category, it offers a personalized habit and leadership coaching. This offer is free when you download the app.

          If you want to take your goal-setting efforts to the next level, you can upgrade and hire a real coach for the cost of $15. This service allows you to receive human feedback instead of a computerized solution, which is an okay option for those who prefer to build their own tasks and goals.

          Available on iOS | Android

          4. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

            The app has a gamification approach to getting things done. In other words, it makes creating and accomplishing tasks fun. What is great about the app is that it’s user-friendly.

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            The app is a free habit-building productivity app that keeps track of your tasks and goals and makes the process feel like a fun video game. It has in-game rewards and punishments to really help achieve your goals.

            The app comes with lots of gaming features and you can also invite your friends for friendly competition. If you have similar struggles on taking action, Habitica provides interest groups that you can join for fun and support.

            Available on iOS | Android

            6. Toodledo

              This app gives the users the necessary variety and flexibility. The app’s premise is tailored towards the user’s need and has a robust productivity system that features a folder and a tagging interface model.

              Toodledo shows you the current to-do items with collaborative and project management integrations.

              Available on iOS | Android

              7. Lifetick

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                Lifetick gives users the power to help plan their goals. It is designed to give you a systematic way of making long-term goals. It is a web-based application. The resource offers a free account that supports four goals.

                Its free version offer great functionality. It provides you with a structured approach to categorizes your goals as core values. It really helps organize all your to-do lists, but gives you more power to achieve long-term goals.

                And when you upgrade the app and pay $20 for the entire year, you will be equipped with great task and building tools too.

                Available on Desktop

                Takeaways

                So now you have a handful list of goal tracker apps with different customization that can help you accomplish your goals.

                Whether you want visualization, customization, or personalization, these goal tracker options offer wonderful and tangible results for you to get what you want.

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                15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                Let me guess.

                You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

                Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

                First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

                Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

                Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

                1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

                Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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                The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

                2. Use Red and Blue More Often

                Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

                3. Create a Break Agenda

                List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

                Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

                4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

                Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

                9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
                9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
                10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
                10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
                11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

                Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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                5. Take It Outside!

                Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

                6. Become Productively Lazy

                Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

                7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

                It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

                8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

                According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

                Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

                9. Prepping the Night

                Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

                Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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                10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

                Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

                Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

                11. Set-up Mini Tasks

                If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

                Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

                12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

                I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

                Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

                13. Redecorate Your Room

                Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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                14. Ready Your Nibbles

                You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

                Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

                15. Schedule Your Chores

                Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

                For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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