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Ask The Entrepreneurs: 12 Tools Helping People Do Good and Complete Life Goals

Ask The Entrepreneurs: 12 Tools Helping People Do Good and Complete Life Goals

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in an area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What mobile app or website is seeking to help people do good in reaching their life goals?

1. Accompl.sh Brings Accountability

    Accompl.sh

    , founded by Jenn Vargas, is all about goal-setting and well… accomplishment! The social features of the site — which allow members to enter into personal challenges together or share goals with one another — enhance the impact of the site as well. Accompl.sh makes your former pen-and-paper bucket list so much more effective for achieving goals.
    Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

     

    2. Fig Will Be Worth the Wait

      Fig

      is a new personal wellness app (currently in private beta, but available soon) that makes wellness reachable in a whole new way. Fig breaks down big wellness goals or ideas (e.g. get in shape, invest in pregnancy) into bite-size steps, provides relevant resources, and helps you reach your ideal life with a community of people that matter to you.
      Kent Healy, The Uncommon Life

       

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      3. Digital Nomad Academy

        At my company Digital Nomad Academy, we’re trying to help struggling nine-to-fivers build meaningful, sustainable online businesses of their own, and take responsibility for themselves, while they also create enjoyable lifestyles that let them travel and spend their time more freely. We already have a great community of over 130 ambitious lifehackers and travelers on five continents!
        Cody McKibben, ThrillingHeroics.com

         

        4. Sleep on CouchSurfing

          I’ve been a fan of CouchSurfing ever since it launched. I’ve met hundreds of people from all over the world, sharing meals, great conversations, and learning a lot about different cultures — not to mention I’ve met a lot of cool entrepreneurs! Now, with a mobile app, CouchSurfing has made it easier than ever to travel the world, meet awesome people, and save a ton of money!
          Luke Burgis, ActivPrayer

           

          5. Do It With DoSomething

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            DoSomething.org

            is a website that offers children and young adults (ages 25 and younger) the chance to sign up for organized volunteer projects in their community. The site offer grants to launch projects, and also provides financial assistance for college to its members. It’s a cutting-edge concept, and it comes at a time when this country could definitely use a boost in giving and volunteerism.
            Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

             

            6. It’s a Wonderful day

              The concept behind Wonderful day is very simple: you add something you want to do every day (or on another schedule) and then you mark whether you accomplish it. You can see at a glance how consistently you do something, which is a major motivator — at least for me — to do certain things more regularly.
              Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting

               

              7. Are You a Location Rebel?

                My site, Location Rebel, is a community for people who want to build a business that allows them to work for anywhere, and do the things they’ve been putting off in life. It has a heavy “bucket list” component to help maintain accountability, and keep perspective about what the user really wants to accomplish.
                Sean Ogle, Location 180, LLC

                 

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                8. Peek Into Pinterest

                  I always joke with people that the Pinterest version of myself is way better than reality — but I think one reason that Pinterest has become so popular is that it’s a way for people to track and express an ideal version of themselves: what they want to cook, make, decorate, travel to, etc.
                  Abby Ross, Blueye Creative

                   

                  9. Share Passions With Mightybell

                    Mightybell

                    is a place to create spaces around your interests and passions. Quite a few of those spaces are focused on helping people achieve life goals and plan adventures. There’s a bucket list space, spaces for globetrotters, reading lists for book lovers, and so many more. You can also start a space for your friends or community around a common thing you want to learn, explore or achieve.
                    Natalie MacNeil, She Takes on the World

                     

                    10. stickK Does the Trick

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                      On stickK, you draw up an official “commitment contract” that binds you to achieving your goal. By agreeing, you publicly state your goal and commit to achieving it. Also, you can put money at stake, which dramatically increases your likelihood of completing the goal. If you are unsuccessful, the money can go to something like apolitical group you despise, which provides even more motivation.
                      Emerson Spartz, Spartz Media

                       

                      11. You’ll Like Lift

                        Lift

                        — a deceivingly simple but powerful goal-tracking app backed by the founders of Twitter — is my new favorite app. It is helping people achieve their fitness, health, happiness and “everything” journeys.
                        Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

                         


                        12. Download Bucket List PRO

                          Bucket List PRO

                          is a mobile app that allows you to keep track of your bucket list items and share them with friends. You can also check out other peoples lists for inspiration.
                          Josh Weiss, Bluegala

                          (Photo credit: Football Flies into Net via Shutterstock)

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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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