2014 is here, and you’ve told all of your “New Year’s Resolutions” to your friends. However, resolutions can be good for you if you actually keep them, and there are plenty of Android apps available that can help you with that. Forget task list apps, here are nine different apps aimed at helping you build good habits and break bad ones.
Regularly is a great habit tracker that allows you to categorize what’s most important, color code items that need attention, and organize related tasks with tags. Because Regularly is a habit-related app rather than a typical task list app, it is also a lot more forgiving when it comes to reminders. This goes hand in hand with the urgency of tasks — a weekly task that is four days late is a lot more urgent and will spawn more reminders than a yearly task that is a week late. It also has a few widgets for your launcher so you can always take a quick look at what you need to do.
Habit Streak Plan (Free)
Habit Streak Plan focuses on habits that you need to do daily by implementing the Jerry Seinfeld Chain Method. Usually at the end of the day you’ll need to answer a few questions truthfully whether or not you did what you wanted to do. It’ll then show your progress to see how far you’ve come to forming that habit by displaying how often you’ve completed the task out of how many total days, and what your longest and current streaks are. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, and it’s even free!
iPro Habit Tracker Free is another great habit app that is similar to Regularly in principle, but it offers plenty of views to see how you’ve been doing, including percentages, bars, charts, and a colored calender. It also has support for different inputs depending on the habit. For example, if you woke up before a certain time can be answered with a yes or no, exercising can be counted in days per week, and the amount of water you’ve had per day can be counted by cups per day. The last two methods imply that you can keep track of partial progress — if you’re tracking how much water you’ve had to drink, it’s better to have multiple days of 7/8 cups of water rather than a flat out “failed”.
If you want something that is more strict about your goals, Goal Tracker – Habit Calendar is what you’re looking for. It offers a nice Holo-themed interface, a calendar view to see which days you completed the task and which ones you didn’t, and hard-set, unforgiving, calendar-style reminders. Not that this way wouldn’t work well — some people need that amount of strictness or “black and white” concept to actually hit their goal rather than just come close. However, this may be too overwhelming for others.
Task:Life allows you to keep track of your goals similarly to the above apps, but in an interface that revolves around various bars, graphs, and charts. Additionally, it can keep track of multiple categories — for example, you can have multiple exercise tasks in Task:Life, and it can then show your combine success in that category. It also lets you set a “pass percentage” — if you want to have something going on a regular basis, but you don’t need to do it every day, you can change it to something else. For example, if you want to work out 5 days a week instead of 7, but it doesn’t matter which days of the week you work out, you can set the pass percentage to 70%. Saikat wrote an excellent review over Task:Life a while back.
Success Log (Free) and Fail Log (Free)
Success Log and Fail Log work quite a bit differently from these other habit-forming apps. Instead, these two work to simply record when good (and bad) things that happen. New items can be entered in with a small amount of descriptive text, and each time you have such a success (or failure) again, you can just tap on it once. That’s it. The apps will also keep track of when you make those taps, so you can see statistics about what days of the week and what time of day you tend to have the most successes (or failures). You can then strategically try to aim for those times for successes, or avoid those times for failures. Eventually, you can learn and track how you form habits. You shouldn’t need to use both Success Log and Fail Log — just use one or the other, depending on what you think would work better for you.
QuitNow! (Free and $5.95) and Get Rich or Die Smoking (Free)
Another important resolution some of you may have is to quit smoking. There are a few apps available aimed specifically for those wanting to quit smoking, which Dave reviewed in his extensive article. He also throws in some iOS apps, but the ones to focus on in his article are QuitNow! and Get Rich or Die Smoking.
With a massive list of 9 apps at your disposal, there really isn’t an excuse for you to not achieve those resolutions. And if necessary, you can also tell you friends about your resolutions — good old fashioned peer pressure can be a great motivator when exerted for the right reasons.
What have you been using to keep your resolutions? What are are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments!
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