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Resolutions, Accomplished: 9 Android Apps For Building Habits

Danny Stieben 04-01-2014

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 (Free)

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 Trouble Reaching Your Goals? Form A Habit Streak [Android] Picking up new habits can be a difficult task, which is why numerous popular methods exist to help you manage it. If you regularly find yourself realising that your plan to take a daily morning... Read More . 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

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”.

Goal Tracker – Habit Calendar [No Longer Available]

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 ($2.99)

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%.


Success Log and Fail Log [No Longer Available]

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 17 Best Health and Fitness Gadgets to Improve Your Body Over the past few years, innovation around health and fitness gadgets has exploded. Here are just a few of the amazing pieces of kit you'll be able to use to keep you feeling great. Read More . 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 Your Smartphone Will Help You Kick The Habit: Quit Smoking With These Apps There is nothing easy about quitting smoking. Just like any addiction, it can take over your mind and make it next to impossible to move on with your life and kick the habit. Whether you... Read More . 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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  1. Tim
    March 29, 2016 at 5:19 am
  2. Mrinali More
    March 2, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Ever since November 2014, I've tried to pretend I’m one of “them”—those chirpy, cheerful folks who rise effortlessly at dawn to go after that proverbial worm. I've also spent few months suppressing the urge to complain bitterly about a world where night owls like me suffer grievous discrimination at the hands of those ubiquitous “normal” people.So those who know me best are always startled—no, make that shocked—to find out that I do most of my exercising in the early hours of the day, anywhere from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m using an android app named, Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker. They’re even more astonished to discover that when I first started tracking habits my habit-related tasks were categorized as my work and personal ones.Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker lets you set them for any time you want. You can also set reminders to occur on specific days of the week,at regular intervals (every three days, say), or a certain number of times per week. For habits that need to be obeyed only on certain days, you won’t see them on your list until the designated day. For example, I'm trying to read about Yoga-a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that denotes a variety of schools, practices and goals, popular in India every Saturday;that reminder doesn't show up on my habit list until Saturday. An added statistic screen also shows percentage by week and for all the time.

    In the list view, Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker displays your current streak on each habit you've chosen to track. (So, for example, it can show that I've flossed every morning for the last five days.) It can also show your longest streak for each. (I once flossed in the morning for 37 straight days; hooray for dental hygiene!) Tapping on a habit opens a month-view calendar that displays when you did (and did not) perform that task. Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker also has the ability to send you daily reminders at a specified hour—useful if you need a little extra bit of nagging.

    The screen includes a list of your habits that are easily updated and ticked off as you go about your day. There is also a monthly view showing your progress on your individual habits and a reminder system. Rewire- Habit & Goal Tracker also shows you a monthly calendar view of days when you were successful.
    Change in color for a color blind like me made it easier to use.

    While these additional features are nice, the real reason for me is its design. Since I’m in my habit app several times a day, I want it to be easy to use and to look good. Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker has been looking long in the tooth every since its new update has shipped.Tapping a particular day for done,not done, skipped and step has reduced to a single click. Rewire-Habit & Goal Tracker list has a nice, clean design; it’s a pleasure to use.
    This has really helped me a lot.

  3. emoore
    January 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I really like Lift, which is also online at

  4. kazlens
    January 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Beeminder should be on this list too.