Habit tracker apps are like mini accountability partners inside our smartphone devices. They allow us to check off our habits throughout the day and will even ping us with reminders so we can get into the habit of accomplishing our goals — no matter how big or small — over the next 12 months.
Up ahead, we share the best habit trackers to help you stay on top of your new year’s resolutions.
Habit Tracker (iOS)
This simple habit tracking app has all the bells and whistles to make sure you get your task done as often as you’d like. Whether your resolution is to drink more water, stretch before bed, meditate, or learn a new skill, you can customize your list of habits by category and track them throughout the day and week. The app also allows you to see stats and analyze your habits through built-in charts. And, for extra accountability, you can create a shared habit with a friend and encourage each other to complete it.
Streaks is a must-have habit tracker app for iOS users that allows you to track up to 24 tasks, and much like Habit Tracker provides the ability to share tasks with a friend. The app also has a feature for negative tasks — such as smoking cigarettes — that is designed to help you break bad habits, too. And, you can even create timed habits for tasks such as brushing your teeth or meditation to ensure you don’t just do the task — but do it during a specific time frame.
This habit-tracking app for Android users is all about creating long-term habits. The minimalistic interface is user-friendly with a special calculator that determines how strong your habit streak is. If you repeat habits, your score gets stronger. But, if you miss a few, your score goes down. Additionally, Loop allows you to customize your timeframe for daily or weekly habits.
Habit — Daily Tracker (iOS)
For the color-coder, Habit — Daily Tracker features a visually appealing interface that allows you to track your resolutions in a stylish manner. We love this one because it is simple and doesn’t include a ton of distracting features. All you do is simply plug your habit in and check-in. If you want to analyze your progress, you can do so on the app’s charts. And, if you need some extra motivation, the app will send you notifications, too.
Morning Routine Habit Planner (iOS)
Establishing a strong morning routine can help you start your day on a good foot. We love this app because it focuses on just that, plus it aims to decrease decision fatigue. You can set up unlimited timed tasks — such as meditating for 20 minutes — that you want to accomplish and the app will walk you through each one. You can even prompt Siri to start your morning routine for you! The app also allows you to customize your routine per day.
Routines by Care/of (iOS)
Care/of, a brand that creates personalized daily vitamin packs, is also in the habit-building business. And, with “take vitamins daily” at the top of our resolution list, we’re all about this new venture. This app stylishly focuses on morning and evening routines. With this app, users can track how their routines are going, analyze if the habits they set are working for them, and help accomplish the healthy goals they create.
If you prefer to keep it analog and track your new habits with a pen and paper, you still can. Journals such as The Power of Habit Planner — inspired by Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — can help you keep track of daily and weekly habits, plus they include writing prompts so you can reflect on your experiences. And, if you really want to get into creating new habits, books such as Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear can help you dive deeper into the world of habit creation.
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