o you have new habits you would like to create,
but don’t know how to begin? Feel like you start
working toward a new goal only to find that you
can’t quite keep it going or reach a finishing point?
Here’s a list of apps that can help anyone in the
beginning, middle, or final stretch of forming a habit or completing a goal.
For anyone concerned with efficiency, you can
use this app to plan down to the minute how to
accomplish your daily, weekly, or monthly goals.
Simply create a habit in the app and enter the amount of time
you want to spend on it. There’s a filter option to suggest how
long to devote to each task. Notification alarms are optional,
and my favorite is Bells since it makes what I’m about to do
feel like I’m competing on a game show. The first 15 habits you
create are free, but you can upgrade to premium ($2/month)
to remove the limit. The Help button is a great learning feature
since there’s a lot to take advantage of in this app.
This versatile day planner has option after
option for organizing your life. You can set your
tasks in list or calendar view (by connecting to
the stock Calendar app), and you can use virtual assistants
Siri and Alexa to create notifications and reminders. Each task
provides a range of personalization options, such as adding
subtasks or notes. And if you upgrade to Premium ($2.99/
month), you’ll have access to more customization tools and
the option to share goals with other users to get a team effort
(like party planning!) off the ground and running with ease.
Do you need to break down your goals into
smaller steps? Turn micromanaging into a virtue
with this app. With Trello, you can start a board
and add tasks to it. The tasks (or cards, as the app calls them)
can be broken down into checklists. For example, my kitchen
board has a card titled “Season cast iron pan, ” which includes
a checklist I typed up to remind me to look up a guide to sea-
soning (which I kept forgetting to do). Trello’s premium features
include extra security, app integrations, and the option to up-
load your own backgrounds and sell them to other users.
This habit-tracking app follows acclaimed
comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s wisdom of “Don’t
break the chain,” where you build a chain as you
fulfill your daily, weekly, or monthly goals. Habits are created
as yes/no or counted amounts. Your first five habits are free,
while Habit-Bull Premium($19.99/year) allows you to make up
to 100 habits and includes other features such as cloud back-
up. The categorized prompts range from professional to very
personal goals, and the overall feel of this app is almost like
making a bet with a good buddy (probably one with a hairstyle
as memorable as Kramer’s).
Every New Year’s Day I write a bunch of
resolutions to improve several areas of my life,
only to leave that list in a pile of receipts and
takeout menus. Remente is a motivational app that keeps
goals feeling worthwhile. It features a daily mood chart as well
as one that assesses how satisfied you feel in eight areas of
life. If you’re losing focus, the app provides resources, such
as courses and exercises that cover almost any topic you can
think of. The goal checklists are premade, so if you don’t know
where to start, Remente has you covered with the option to
add your own steps. With Remente Premium ($9.99/month),
you’ll have access to more resources, customization options,
and in-depth statistics.
Habitica is an app that makes completing
goals feel like completing quests. Styled after
64-bit roleplaying games, Habitica has you cre-
ate an avatar and earn points by checking off customized daily
habits and one-time goals. You can unlock pets, skills, and
quests with each use or in-app purchase, with the option to
interact with other app users. Habitica also lets you categorize
habits as positive or negative and include levels of difficulty.
There’s no better way to reach goals than to have fun doing it,
and I can’t get over how cute my avatar looks wearing a silly
Do you have things you want to do? Like, a
lot of things? Create a list in Swipes and swipe
each entry to assign a deadline to it. Settings
include various reminders options like daily, weekly, or once.
Stop trying to keep a mental list and get it all down in this
app, which you can link to Evernote. Now you can focus on
hitting the gym every Monday without constant thoughts
about making your annual doctor’s appointment.
Strides provides four different templates to
track “anything and everything you care about.”
Use the Target option for goals needed to be
done by a certain date, Habit for daily goals, Average for sta-
tistics over time (such as sleeping hours or time spent read-
ing), and Milestones for layered goals like project planning.
The FAQ section is wonderfully straightforward and makes
this app easy and addictive. You can set up to seven goals for
free, or upgrade to Premium ($4.99/month) for unlimited goal
and habit tracking, along with other features like device syncing and data backup. �
Hallei is obtaining her BFA in Creative Writing while living in Fairfield, Iowa. She's
currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.