Top 5 Apps to Track Your Goals This Year
Ready for a new year, new you? Maintain your resolve and motivation throughout the year by using technology to help track your goals. Whether you want to spend more hours at the gym or save money for a dream vacation, goal-tracking apps can help by gamifying the process of forming new habits and help you succeed in reaching your goals and targets.
According to a recent study, gamification — the “implementation of game design elements in real-world contexts for non-gaming purposes — can help improve task meaningfulness, and certain game-design elements can trigger different motivational outcomes. Elements like badges, leaderboards, and performance graphs provide a sense of accomplishment and encourage ongoing commitment to goals and tasks. With this in mind, it’s time to trade in the Candy Crush and download an app that will get you crushing goals instead. Read on to learn more about five great apps for tracking goals and healthy habits.
This iOS compatible app wins for best all-around tracking app based on the sheer number of flexible options it provides. The free version lets you track up to seven goals and habits and it features four tracker types: habit, target, average, and project.
- Habit: With a simple swipe, you can log your success in creating good habits (getting to work on time) or eliminating bad ones (quitting smoking). Flexible reminders keep you on track.
- Target: Set a target, such as saving a specific dollar amount by a particular date. The app helps break down that target into achievable increments and keeps you on pace to deliver.
- Average: Gain insight into trends over time by tracking streaks and success rates on any goal.
- Project: Create milestones and break down large projects into manageable tasks. The app tracks your completion rate and provides flexible reminders.
The Strides app will walk you through the process step-by-step with easy-to-use templates. The dashboard displays all of your goals, and helpful calendars, charts, and progress graphs make it easy to monitor success.
Pros : Lots of functionality with four different tracking options and a helpful all-in-one dashboard.
Cons : Users may find the feature-rich functionality overwhelming to set up and maintain. Only available for iOS.
Available for both iOS and Android, Coach.me features a simple interface that allows you to create goals and set targets and reminders that help measure progress and hold you accountable. You can also connect with friends on the app to help challenge and motivate each other. The free version of the app also includes community support features where users can connect with each other to ask questions, offer support, or leave encouraging comments.
In addition to the free habit tracker, Coach.me offers habit coaching from $15/week and leadership coaching services from $249/month.
Pros : Super easy set up and you can add an app widget to your iPhone’s Today View for easy progress check-ins.
Cons : The coaching element of the app isn’t free.
Love making lists? You’re going to love Any.do. This award-winning app organizes tasks, lists, and reminders in one app that syncs with all your devices (Android or iOS). Your to-do list is accessible everywhere and shareable with anyone.
The integrated calendar tracks progress and adds smart reminders so you stay on schedule. Use Siri or Alexa to easily add items to your task list and organize projects by setting task priorities or categories and add notes, subtasks, and attachments.
Pros : Simple daily planner that combines your to-do list, calendar, reminders, collaboration tools, and even your grocery list to maximize efficiency and productivity.
Cons : When adding items to task list using voice recognition (Siri or Alexa), you cannot specify the category.
Streak your way to long-term success with Habit Streak — an ultra-simple app that makes it easy to track daily accomplishments for Android users. This minimalistic tracking app keeps you on the straight and narrow by reporting your daily success on each habit and goal. Missed a day? Sadly, your streak goes back to zero and you start over.
Pros : Goals or habits are framed as questions that you respond to daily, which makes tracking simple. For example, “Did you do at least 10 minutes of exercise?” or “Did you only check Twitter once?”
Cons : This app may be too simplistic and doesn’t provide reminders throughout the day. Also, breaking a streak may prove too heartbreaking for some users who might prefer to track average success over a period of time instead.
Quickly and easily identify the habits — good or bad — that you want to address in your life and track your daily routine using Way of Life’s unique colour-coded system. Features include reminders and a diary, which allows users to take note of what helped or hindered their progress that day. Simplified charts and graphs give you weekly, monthly, or annual trends at a glance.
Pros : Available for both iOS and Android, this app lets you easily track both good and bad habits.
Cons : The free version only lets you track up to three habits.
Will you be enlisting the help of an app to keep your goals on track? Whether you’re making Strides or creating a never-ending Habit Streak, here’s to a successful year ahead!