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Published on December 19, 2019

7 Best Goal Tracking Apps to Help You Reach Your Goals

7  Best Goal Tracking Apps to Help You Reach Your Goals

Being a productive person is a function of how well you manage your time between tasks. We all have 24 hours in a day, and if you want to grow as a person, it will be important for you to manage those hours to make for maximal productivity.

With that being said, getting productive is never particularly easy. However, the following goal tracking apps will be able to help you achieve what you want sooner:

1. Strides

    Strides is one of the most powerful apps out there, but perhaps its greatest quality is the fact that it is really easy to use. You can set the app up so it reminds you to keep those daily habits you want to cultivate, thus helping you to achieve your goals.

    With Strides, all you need to do is pick a goal (the app also suggests goals, so you can check those as well), set your target, and specify the action you will need to turn the goal into a regular habit.

    With the app, you get to keep track of your goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. All of the data collected is synced to your account, so you always see the latest statistics regardless of whether you access it from a mobile device, a computer, or any other platform.

    With premium flexibility and a dashboard that lets you see everything at a glance, you can rest assured that this app is your partner in productivity.

    Available for iOS

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    2. Way of Life

      If you are a fan of getting statistical presentations that show your progress, then you will love how Way of Life works.

      With this app, all you have to do is pick a goal action, tell the app whether the action will be good or bad for you, and you will get a daily reminder to keep records of what you did or didn’t do to meet those goals.

      As time goes on, the app will be able to provide you with proper statistics that will show bar charts, chains, and trend lines that contain your progress rate.

      For actionable accountability and a simple interface, Way of Life is the perfect fit.

      Available for Android | iOS

      3. Goals on Track

        Goals on Track provides a web interface and a mobile app, both of which will help you build and stay committed to certain goals base on the SMART goal setting framework (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely).

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        However, perhaps the biggest benefit that this app has is the ability to help you break large goals into smaller chunks so that you get to take things one at a time and ultimately achieve that level of success.

        You also get awesome animations for easy interfacing, as well as offline tracking, so you can track how much time you spend on getting certain tasks done.

        Lastly, you get a journal in the app, which proves the opportunity to write your experiences as you work towards an objective. Although you will need to sign up and pay before joining the app, you will find that every penny spent will be worth it.

        Available for iOS

        4. Habitica

          A lot of us hate having to set goals and determine what we want to achieve in our lives. The process can be quite strenuous, and there is a lot of work involved.

          However, Habitica takes this process and makes it a lot of fun. The app makes it easy to build habits and stay productive by taking an approach that rarely fails; turning everything into a game.

          Habitica offers rewards to keep you incentivized, and it also comes with its own social network platform.

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          With the app, you track and monitor your habits, use the to-do list, and join other users to play exciting games.

          Available for Android | iOS

          5. Coach.me

            Coach.me lays the claim to being the leading app for tracking habits, and while that is definitely debatable, what no one can deny is the fact that this app has one of the best interfaces on the market.

            With Coach.me, all you have to do is select a goal, track how far you are moving, and earn rewards for keeping on track.

            In addition to all that, you get access to a county of people trying to reach their goals, and you can ask questions and network from there.

            If you find that the app is just too good, then you could as well upgrade by paying $15 to hire an actual coach. Now, that is some efficiency right there.

            Available for Android | iOS

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            6. ATracker

              The main point that ATracker tries to drive home is its ability to prove insights into how you are spending your time. When it comes to some of the repetitive things you do everyday, the app helps you to manage time, so you don’t just go on doing all the wrong things.

              When you start tracking your time and how much of it you spent on the daily things, you see them all in a pie chart, and you can understand where adjustments need to be made and where you have to be better. You can also get a bigger picture of things by viewing your activities on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

              Available for Android | iOS

              7. Toodledo

                The name might be fun to say, but the power of Toodledo is definitely no joke at all. This app provides a sense of flexibility, as it makes it possible for you to set and reach your goals easily.

                Toodledo is a great time and task manager, and it provides you with features to customize it and fit all of your needs. You can rest reminders, set due dates for projects and other tasks, put tasks on repeat, and do so much.

                Available for Android | iOS

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                The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about productivity, creativity, entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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                How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

                How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

                How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

                There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

                The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

                For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

                1. Feeling Eager and Energized

                This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

                2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

                The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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                3. Still No Action

                More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

                4. Flicker of Hope Left

                You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

                5. Fading Quickly

                Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

                6. Vow to Yourself

                Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

                Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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                How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

                Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

                To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

                1. Feeling Eager and Energized

                This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

                2. Plan

                Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

                3. Resistance

                Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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                What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

                4. Confront Those Feelings

                Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

                Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

                5. Put Results Before Comfort

                You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

                6. Repeat

                Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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                Final Thoughts

                Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

                If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

                Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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