Do you have habits that you would like to change, but have trouble doing so? Maybe you would like to start exercising regularly, saving money, reading more books, or procrastinating less. With handy iPhone apps that remind and encourage you to meet these types of goals, you can do it!
Here are five of the best apps for self-improvement and how to get the most out of them.
1. Productive (Free) [No Longer Available]
Productive helps you to adjust your habits and reach your goals on a daily basis. You simply schedule habits for any time of the day and days of the week.
You can begin easily by selecting a built-in habit from one six categories including health, home, hobbies, and efficiency. There are a variety of helpful options within each one. For example, in the home category you can choose from doing the laundry, walking the dog, or watering the plants.
After selecting the habit, add a colorful icon and schedule it. You have plenty of flexibility for scheduling with Productive. Choose from daily, weekly, or monthly, specify certain days of the week, pick the time of day, and enable multiple check-ins. And, set up reminders so that you can stay on track with your habits.
When your habits are created, just swipe right for done or left to skip. Head over to the Stats section to see just how good you are doing. You will see the total perfect days, current and best streaks, total habits completed, and your average per day.
Productive has a slick and intuitive interface, making habit tracking a breeze. If you enjoy the free version, you can upgrade via in-app purchase for $3.99. The upgrade provides unlimited habits, trends, a passcode option, and timed reminders.
2. Strides (Free)
With Strides, you can easily create and keep track of goals for your habits. This simple, no-nonsense tool gives you the basics you need without a lot of fluff.
Strides has 12 different categories to select from such as exercise, save money, journal, and meditate. Just pick the one you want and then add the details. You can give each habit a specific name, pick a time period, and set a start date. Then, decide when to log completions and receive reminders.
As you check in with the app, you will see a clear progress bar. Green means you are on track and red means you are behind. Just tap the icon next to the habit or swipe right to log it or swipe left if it is uncompleted. You can also check out charts, history, notes, and the number of days in your streak.
If you like using Strides as your habit tracker, you can get Strides Plus for $4.99 monthly or $39.99 yearly. The in-app purchase gives you features such as unlimited trackers, tags and filters, a privacy lock, and export ability.
3. Today (Free)
If you are looking for an attractive habit tracker, then check out Today. The app provides custom habits tailored to you along with photo covers for each one.
Today does not have built-in habits or categories, which is nice because each one is unique to you. To add a habit, tap the plus sign, give it a name, select the frequency, choose the days of the week, and enable multiple check-ins if you like. You can set up a reminder, pick a start date, and apply a photo.
With Today, you simply swipe left and right through your habit cards. You can see at a glance how well you are doing with each one. Then, swipe up on the habit card to check in. The app also offers a Home screen widget, so you can quickly see your goals and tap to open the app and check in. Plus, your app profile has a great display of your stats.
Today is a super option for habit tracking. If you want to set your own personalized goals, this is the app for you. You can unlock the full version from within the app for $4.99. This provides unlimited habits, secure backups, custom photo covers, and a privacy setting.
4. Momentum (Free)
Momentum is another good option for habit tracking. Similar to Strides, the app keeps things simple with its straightforward interface.
Tap the plus sign on the main screen to add a habit. You can name it whatever you like or check out tips like practicing yoga, reaching inbox zero, or limiting caffeine. Set the repeating frequency, add a handy reminder, and select your weekly target.
Your habits are clearly listed when you open the app. Just tap one to check in or hit the arrow to view it on the calendar. You can also swipe when you are in the calendar view to the next and previous habits. Rearrange them, check out your current and longest streaks, and add notes if needed.
Momentum gives you a fast and easy way to track your goals and habits. It also has a Home screen widget for a quick view. There is a premium upgrade available via in-app purchase for $4.99 which gives you unlimited habits, iCloud sync, Touch ID lock, export ability, and backup options.
5. Streaks for Small Starts (Free)
When you want to start small and work your way up, Streaks has you covered. The intent is for you to begin with tiny actions that build up to successful streaks.
Streaks helps you get started with easy categories like eat, move, and tobacco. Within each category are those little actions you can take. For instance, the Move category has habits like moving during commercial breaks, parking your car further away in the lot, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Each habit has a useful tip and an optional daily notification.
Streaks shows your habits in a card format right on the main screen. So you can swipe through them and check in with simple taps. You can view your progress, earn nifty badges, and check your stats and activity. You might also like the challenges available for some competitive motivation.
Streaks for Small Starts is free and currently does not have in-app purchases. So if you want to start small and feel accomplished with those tiny things you can complete each day, Streaks is a terrific way to go.
Are You Ready for Change?
Whether you want to be healthier, more social, better with money, or extra productive, these iPhone apps can help get you started. Rather than wing it alone, use these tools to keep track of those goals and take pride when you hit a successful streak.
Do you use any of these apps to help you create good habits? Or is there another tool that works for you? Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!