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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 December 30, 2018

                                      18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                      18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                      No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                                      If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                                      But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

                                      Let’s dive straight into the list…

                                      1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                                        If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                                        Download Rescue Time

                                        2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                                          If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                                          Download Remember the Milk

                                          3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                                            This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                                            Download Focus Booster

                                            4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                                              This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                                              Download Toggl

                                              5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                                                There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                                                Download Dropbox

                                                6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                                                  Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                                                  Download Evernote

                                                  7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                                                    Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                                                    Download Mind42

                                                    8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                                                      This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                                                      Download SnycBackFree

                                                      9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                                        Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                                        Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                                        10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                                          This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                                          Download 1Password

                                                          11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                                            When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                                            Download Pocket

                                                            12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                                              This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                                              Download [email protected]

                                                              13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                                                This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                                                Download Launchy

                                                                14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                                                  This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                                  Download Forest

                                                                  15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                                                    This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                                                    Download Trello

                                                                    16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                                                      Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                                                      Download Wunderlist

                                                                      17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                                        This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                                        Download Time Tree

                                                                        18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                                          Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                                          Download Todoist

                                                                          The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                                                          Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                                                          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                                                          More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                                                          • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                                                          • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                                                          • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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