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Last Updated on May 4, 2020

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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                How to Use the Prioritization Matrix When Every Task is #1

                How to Use the Prioritization Matrix When Every Task is #1

                It takes being productive to get things done correctly and on time. So how do you know which tasks are essential and which can wait? The answer is in the Prioritization Matrix, also known as the Eisenhower Matrix.

                The matrix took its name after Dwight David Eisenhower.

                Eisenhower was a general in the US army and the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. As a five-star general and a Supreme Commander in the US Army, he drafted the strategy for an Allied invasion of Europe.[1]

                Eisenhower had to make tough decisions every time about which tasks to prioritize out of many he needed to focus on daily. So, he came up with the famous Eisenhower Matrix, or the Prioritization Matrix.

                What Is the Prioritization Matrix?

                The Prioritization Matrix is a tool for rating your tasks based on urgency. It helps you know the critical activities and those tasks that you should bypass and can be useful in project management, small businesses, or personal tasks.

                Eisenhower famously said of the matrix:

                “Most tasks that are urgent are not important, and most tasks that are important are not urgent.”

                This quote became the maxim for Eisenhower in managing his time.

                There are four quadrants in the Prioritization Matrix, which help in comparing choices of what to do first and last, allowing you to prioritize projects and create strategic plan[2].

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                  The quadrants are:

                  • Do
                  • Schedule
                  • Delegate
                  • Eliminate

                  Do

                  Do is the first quadrant in the Prioritization Matrix, and it incorporates important activities. That is, those tasks you need to carry out urgently — crises, deadlines, and issues that need your urgent attention and are highly relevant to your life mission.

                  Hw do you know which task falls into this quadrant?

                  Start by analyzing your priorities, and then establish if it falls within the ‘do it now’ criteria. If the task is achievable within a day, or within 24 to 48 hours, it’s urgent.

                  Another approach you can adopt in prioritizing tasks in this category is to adopt the “eat the frog” principle by Mark Twain. This principle recommends that you do the most urgent activities as soon as you wake up.

                  Here’s a practical example.

                  Let’s say you need to draft a content strategy and submit a report to your manager. It’s Saturday, and the deadline for submission is Monday. Can we say the activity is urgent? Definitely!

                  Schedule

                  The second quadrant of the prioritization matrix is Schedule. The Prioritization Matrix classifies tasks in this category as important but not that urgent.

                  They are long-term objectives and tasks with no immediate deadline. Those tasks could include meditation, journaling, studying, family time, and exercising.

                  You can plan out activities in this quadrant for some other period. For instance, you should exercise for good health, but you can allocate time to do it.

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                  Schedule these activities in such a way that they don’t transfer to the “Do” or “Urgent” quadrant. Ensure you have sufficient time to carry them out.

                  Delegate

                  The third quadrant of the prioritization matrix is Delegate.

                  These tasks are not important to you but are quite urgent for others. This is where teamwork comes into play.

                  You can technically perform tasks in this category, but it makes sense to delegate them. Delegating tasks will ensure you have more time to pursue activities in your first two quadrants.

                  You should also monitor the tasks you have delegated. It will only amount to a sheer waste of time if you don’t have a tracking system for delegated tasks.

                  Eliminate

                  The last quadrant highlights your productivity killers. They are tasks that are not important to your goals and not urgent. The only way to boost your productivity is to eliminate them.

                  Some examples are constantly checking your phone, watching movies, or playing video games.

                  They could also be bad habits that you need to identify and delete from your daily and weekly schedule.

                  Successful people have learned how to prioritize and stick to what’s important. They have learned to find a better person for a task or eliminate less significant tasks.

                  Let’s consider two inspiring personalities that have designed their prioritization system.

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                  Warren Buffet developed a two-list prioritization model to determine which task deserves his best attention. The bottom line is bypassing things that are important and useful but not top of the priorities.

                  Mark Ford, a business advisor, marketer, self-made millionaire, and author devised his strategy:

                  “Start work on the most crucial priority, take a break, work on the second most important task, take a break, then sort out the less important activities and any tasks he received from other individuals by afternoon.” [3]

                  How to Use The Prioritization Matrix

                  Using the Prioritization Matrix can be tricky if you’re new at it, but by following a few simple steps, you can learn to utilize it in the best way possible.

                  1. List and Rank Your Priorities

                  Highlight all the tasks you need to carry out in a day. Then, classify them with weighted criteria based on urgency and importance.

                  Identify any activity that requires prompt action. I’m referring to a task that if you don’t complete that day, it could produce a grave consequence. For instance, if you don’t submit your content strategy, other content writers cannot work. It means you need to check for high-priority dependencies.

                  2. Define the Value

                  The next step is to examine the importance and assess which of them impacts your business or organization the most. As a rule of thumb, you can check which tasks possess higher priority over others. For instance, you need to attend to client’s requirements before you take care of any internal work.

                  You can also estimate value by examining how the task impacts the people and customers in the organization. In a nutshell, the more impact a task has on people or the organization, the higher the priority.

                  3. Take out the Most Challenging Task

                  Procrastination is not a symptom of laziness, but avoidance is. The truth is that you will typically avoid tasks you don’t want to do. The former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, once said he would take out the most dreaded task first thing when he got to the office.

                  Brian Tracy called these tasks the frogs you need to eat. That will remove the nagging dread, which mounts pressure on you when you postpone necessary tasks[4]. This is where the Prioritization Matrix can help; eat the “Do” frogs immediately.

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                  4. Know What’s Important to You

                  As long as you are in this cosmos, you will always encounter different choices that may be contradictory to your goals. For instance, a fantastic promotion that requires excessive travel will isolate you from important relationships. If you are not priority-conscious, you may accept it, even though your family is your priority.

                  Therefore, it makes sense to identify what is important to you and to prepare yourself not to compromise those important things for immediate pleasure or gain.

                  Yogi Berra captioned it this way:

                  “If you do not know your destination, you might end up somewhere else.”

                  5. Establish Regular “No Work” Time

                  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki established a rule not to check her emails between 6 pm and 9 pm. According to a CNN Business report, she was the first woman to request maternity leave when Google just got started. She prioritizes dinner time with her family despite being the CEO of YouTube[5].

                  Is it possible to cut out time for our relationships and interests outside of work?

                  Of course, and that’s why you need to set out your “no work” time. This approach will enable you to renew your energy levels for the next task. Also, you will be in the best position to introspect as you are not in your usual work zone.

                  6. Know When to Stop

                  You can achieve everything on your list sometimes. After you have prioritized your workload and assessed your estimates, remove the remaining tasks from your priority list and focus on your most urgent and important tasks.

                  Conclusion

                  It’s not enough to be successful at work. Ensure you make out time for your family and an important relationship in your life.

                  Getting started and finding time may be tricky, but with some practice using the Prioritization Matrix, you’ll find that you are more productive and better able to divide your time between the things that are important to you.

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