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10 Best Calendar Apps For Your iPhone

10 Best Calendar Apps For Your iPhone

Many individuals employ a digital calendar as a way of keeping track of their lives. It allows them to have a better way of seeing future tasks and goals, along with having alerts and other helpful features. Digital calendars have replaced planners for some people. The standard calendar app for the iPhone, iCal, doesn’t have a lot of the features users really want. Here are 10 of the best alternative calendar apps for your iPhone.

1. Sunrise

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    This well-designed application is compatible with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Exchange. The calendar has the ability to connect addresses in your calendar alerts with Google Maps. Have a better hold of what to wear for the day with weather attached to events. Sunrise also allows you to get things jotted down in a hurry with their “quick add” feature.

    Download: Sunrise – Free

    2. Tempo

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      Tempo is the ultimate application for organizing your day and meetings you have scheduled. The application allows you to connect to individuals in just a few clicks. If you find yourself having to get information for a company mentioned in a meeting, you can get the latest news about this in just a few clicks. With the ability to quickly send messages when running late, enhanced smart alerts, and other integrated apps, Tempo is definitely the calendar app geared toward business users and professionals.

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      Download: Tempo – Free

      3. Cal

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        Using fast recognition, Cal is able to know who you are looking to meet and where you are looking to go before you are finished with typing. Keeping things simple, Cal draws a lot from the design of the Apple iCal design in terms of Day, Week, Month UI transitioning. Outside of productivity, Cal allows you to stay on top of birthdays and anniversaries as well. With partnership with the Uber app, you can call up a ride seamlessly.

        Download: Cal – Free

        4. Pocket Informant

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          Pocket Informant allows you to make use of voice dictation to add tasks to the app. You can organize and manage your tasks based on their importance. Looking at your common tasks, you are even able to get an estimated time of arrival for the meeting or event as well. Being knowledgable of the location, you can also see where your events are based on a map. While there are a lot of features that are premium, including templates and application integration, Pocket Informant, free or premium, is a great option for many individuals looking to organize their life.

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          Download: Pocket Informant – Free

          5. Canary

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            Instead of having to click around the days of the week to find out when you are available, Canary is able to identify for you which parts of your day that you are available so you can schedule in time for meetings and other events of the day. Once events are creates, swiping actions allow you to interact and manipulate events in your calendar. Lastly, there’s a part of the app called Nest that allows you to visualize the events ahead and when they are about to occur. Canary is a clean and minimalist designed application that you will use everyday.

            Download: Canary – Free

            6. Calvetica Calendar

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              Calvetica offers a new way to schedule your life. While not packed with a ton of pictures, the flat and minimalistic design is quite unique, along with the colour scheme that they employ. Minimalism is exemplified in the gestures that are used to get things done. In addition, when you connect the application to your iPhone’s iCal, you are able to make use of the events that are already in iCal.

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              Download: Calvetica Calendar – $2.99

              7. Fantastical 2

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                Fantastical 2 is an application that works seamlessly with the other programs you use. For example, if you make use of iCal on your Mac, you can connect it with your Fantastical 2 account and have the events push in continuously. This ensures that your Fantastical 2 account stays updated. In addition, Fantastical 2 has all of the other general features that we come to expect from a calendar application these days, including various day, month, and week views, Facebook integration, and gestures.

                Download: Fantastical 2 – $4.99

                8. Week Cal

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                  Week Cal is one of our favourites because of how it is able to manage and organize all of their features into a way that you will find useful. So often do we find ourselves encountering applications that promise a ton of features, but only a few do we find ourselves ignoring. Week Cal forces you into benefiting from the many great features, including the drag and tap gestures, Google Cal and iCal support, all in a minimalist design that we find all of our favourite top apps are following.

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                  Download: Week Cal – $0.99

                  9. Agenda Calendar 4

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                    Agenda Calendar 4 is a well-designed application that works as a task manager and calendar, allowing you to stay on top of the events that are occurring in your life. With Agenda Calendar 4, individuals are able to view the number of tasks that they may have without even having to change the date view. They simply can tell by viewing the number of dots that are with the calendar’s date. With the current event you have coming up, you are able to alert attendees through email and SMS. In addition, you can set certain apps to default based on a link that is given or a location assigned.

                    Download: Agenda Calendar 4 – $1.99

                    10. Awesome Note

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                      Awesome Note is the application that works to be your ultimate task manager and organizer. Along with being a to-do list and calendar, Awesome Note also works as a reminder system and a place to take notes. Along with a full suite of applications that Awesome Note connects to for synchronization, Awesome Note also backs up your task’s WIFI Web Sharing and iTunes File Sharing. With the ability to also print notes, include drawings, and many more amazing features, Awesome Note is certainly the feature-packed application that you have been looking for, with an affordable price to match.

                      Download: Awesome Note – $3.99

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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