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Have You Given Up? 7 Apps That Help You Keep Your Goals Throughout the Year

Have You Given Up? 7 Apps That Help You Keep Your Goals Throughout the Year

According to a study at the University of Bristol, roughly 88% of Goals set in new year fail, and if you’re like the hundreds of millions of people in the world who set goals, you’ve probably had that experience before. Well, thankfully you can avoid repeating it, as long as you have a smartphone on hand. There’s an app in your favorite apps center for nearly every kind of personal tracking you can imagine, from calorie counting to learning math.

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    Here they are, sorted by the popularity of goals they track:

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    Get in shape: MyFitnessPal

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          There is no shortage of fitness-related apps on the market, but MFP is unique in a couple of different ways. First, it’s completely free for iOS and Android users, which is a welcome relief. Second, it is super-simple to use. The idea behind MFP is very basic—studies show that keeping track of calorie intake leads to a decrease. With that in mind, MFP is built to be gimmick-free and intuitive, and it has a large directory of foods so you don’t have to go searching the back of the cereal box.

          Get a job: JobServe Connect

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              One of the oldest job search sites on the internet also runs one of the most comprehensive job search apps around. There may not be many bells and whistles, but the database itself is the killer app here.

              Be more productive: Simply Business Guide

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                While this is not technically a mobile app, this productivity guide should work just fine on your iPhone or Android. The basic premise is that for every aspect of business that troubles you, there’s a productivity solution, whether that issue is email, travel, meetings, or anything else. Unlike other guides of the same type, Simply Business doesn’t pretend to have all the answers themselves—the guide links you to the best ideas from experts in every field, so you don’t have to guess whether the advice is good.

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                Get out of debt: Mint

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                      The internet’s favorite personal finance app also exists on iOS and Android, with versions optimized for phones or tablets. The power of Mint lies in its ability to track everything related to your finances, so you have a picture of what needs to be cut and what needs to be paid off right at your fingertips. The more information you feed Mint, the better the overview you get—especially if you link your Mint account to your financial accounts. (US & CA only)

                      Get organized: Tomboy

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                          Again, simplicity rules the day when it comes to keeping your resolutions (studies show that people with simpler and fewer resolutions are more likely to keep them). Tomboy is about as simple as it gets—a note-taking app for any general computing platform. This is another piece that isn’t exactly a phone app, but note-taking works best on a full computer anyway. Notes can be cross-linked with each other, wiki-style.

                          Learn something new: Khan Academy

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                                Salman Khan’s math tutoring videos for his nephew became a full-blown educational tool and a worldwide sensation in 2009, and Khan Academy’s mission only gets more and more ambitious. Use the iOS app for iPad to access all the videos, testing materials, and your personal account. Khan offerings have expanded from math, physics, and chemistry, out to literature, economics, and art history. Khan Academy also gives users awards for completing lessons and goals, which keeps users interested.

                                Travel more: Kayak

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                                      The lauded travel site has a mobile app that integrates the standard Kayak graphical interface, letting you tap where you’re going rather than typing it out. Of course, the other Kayak features, like searching for specific activities such as gambling, golf, and skiing, are also available.
                                      Of course, just having an app on your phone isn’t going to solve all of your problems. You’re going to need an extra dose of focus. And while there are probably plenty of loving people in your contacts list eager to help you reach your goals, sometimes the phone just needs to take a little break. And, as luck would have it, there happens to be an app just for that purpose—it’s called Silent Time.

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                                      Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                                      1. Zoho Notebook
                                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                                      2. Evernote
                                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                                      3. Net Notes
                                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                                      4. i-Lighter
                                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                                      5. Clipmarks
                                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                                      6. UberNote
                                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                                      7. iLeonardo
                                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                                      8. Zotero
                                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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