Advertising
Advertising

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.

choosing a goal and sticking

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

    Advertising

    Get in shape: MyFitnessPal

    my fitness pal
      my fitness pal 2
        myfitness  3

          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

          Advertising

          jobserve
            jobserve 2

              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

              Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 5.30.09 PM

                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.

                Advertising

                Get out of debt: Mint

                mint 1
                  mint 2
                    mint 3

                      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

                      Advertising

                      note
                        applet-small

                          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

                          khan academy 1
                            ka 2
                              ka 3

                                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

                                kayak 1
                                  kayak 2
                                    kayak 3

                                      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.

                                      More by this author

                                      5 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Career Planning a Wedding? 5 Responsibilities to Delegate to the Groom 5 Marketing Mistakes That 95% Entrepreneurs are Making Top 10 Tax Write-Offs for Small Business Owners Have You Given Up? 7 Apps That Help You Keep Your Goals Throughout the Year

                                      Trending in iOS

                                      1 15 iPhone Alarms That Wake You Up Right Away 2 12 iPhone 6 Tricks You Probably Don’t Know But Should 3 30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do 4 21 Must-Have Free iPhone Apps You Can’t Miss 5 15 Must-Have Apps For Your iPhone

                                      Read Next

                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising

                                      Published on September 20, 2018

                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                      Minimizing Tabs

                                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                      Incognito Mode

                                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

                                      Advertising

                                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

                                      Advertising

                                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                      Play Media Files

                                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                      Stay Focus(e)d

                                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

                                      Advertising

                                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                      Grammarly for Editing

                                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                      Loom

                                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

                                      Advertising

                                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                                      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

                                      Read Next