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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 Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                  Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

                  Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                  The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                  But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                  However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                  This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                  Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                  We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                  Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                  Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                  The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                  When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                  When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                  How to Make Decision Effectively

                  Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                  1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                  You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                  Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                  Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                  2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                  You don’t have to choose all the time.

                  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                  Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                  3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                  You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                  The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                  Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                  Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                  So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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