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Lifehack Looks at: Sandglaz Infinity

Lifehack Looks at: Sandglaz Infinity
    Photo credit: Tamás Mészáros (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    There are times when we all fall victim to what’s urgent rather than set ourselves up so that we can do what’s really important in our lives. We tend to get caught up in the to-do lists we’ve created rather than focus on the long term goals we’d like to achieve.

    Sandglaz Infinity has launched its private beta to the public today, and it expands upon the original Sandglaz app to allow for a more robust user experience. By adding a slew of new features that level up the app, Sandglaz Infinity may be the answer for those who don’t want to caught up in to-do apps but don’t want to get caught up in just doing the urgent stuff, either.

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    Essentially, what Sandglaz Infinity has become is a to-do list plus a calendar, allowing for more long-term goal planning.

    Sandglaz…on Steroids

    While the original Sandglaz didn’t allow for much in the way of long-term planning, Sandglaz Infinity lets you plan as far ahead as you’d like. You can either work in a daily or weekly environment, setting up goals and tasks as you see fit. The customization options in Sandglaz Infinity make it far more scalable in use than the original Sandglaz. Not everyone likes to work with a weekly calendar, so adding these sort of customization options is a great move by the development team at Sandglaz.

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      Refining tasks and scheduling with Sandglaz Infinity

      There is also more task automation in Sandglaz Infinity. For example, if you don’t complete a task that is scheduled for this week, the app will automatically shift that task to next week. This is handy if you’ve got a lot on the go and don’t want to let what wasn’t handled in weeks’ prior to fall through the cracks. (Considering that I’ve got a lot on the go, I really like this feature.)

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      Initial Thoughts

      Sanglaz Infinity has a lot of flexibility built in, which will work out much better than the original for people who aren’t just concerned about getting stuff done – but are concerned about getting the right stuff done.

      I’ll be taking a more comprehensive look at Sandglaz Infinity in a future post in our “30 Days with” series, where you’ll be able to see what using the app over an extended period of time – as in the time it takes to adopt a habit – can do for you.

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      Can’t wait to see what I find after 30 days? You can get in on the free public beta now and give Sandglaz Infinity a try for yourself.

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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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