One of the hardest things about creating good habits is keeping them going for the long term. Today I’m going to share with you the tools I use to create goals and keep successful habits ongoing.
If you’re anything like me, you’re all too familiar with the feeling of creating goals or habits yet never following through with them. You know that if you were to just stick with actually focusing on your goals, you would be much closer to accomplishing them. But without a reliable system to track your progress, setting goals can seem like a daunting task.
It wasn’t until about two years ago that I began to explore some of the apps out there to help me start tracking my goals and habits. At that time, I really didn’t have an organized system for doing so. I knew I wanted to be more productive and healthy but I wasn’t making any headway towards the goals I made. Although I knew what I wanted to accomplish as far as my goals were concerned, I needed something that could help take me there one small step at a time.What I want to share with you are the three tools I currently use to set goals and manage my habits. Since I’ve been using these tools, my productivity has skyrocketed and I am finally on track to achieving my goals.
I use Strides to track and create new habits. Although Strides helps me tremendously towards accomplishing my goals, I use it primarily as my habit tracking tool. What I love about Strides is its minimalist design and intuitive ease of use. But I didn’t base my decision on aesthetics; I chose this app over other habit trackers for its powerful features. When getting started with Strides, you first need to identify what types of habits you want to track. You can choose from one of the many habit templates already built in or you can create a custom habit to track, but so far, I’ve found that the built-in templates have everything I’m already wanting to track. Strides costs a bit more than other habit apps out there at $4.99/mo or $49.99/year, but it’s a great value if you are serious about tracking your progress and creating lasting life long habits.
Most of you reading this might already use Evernote or you’ve at least heard of it. Evernote is literally my digital brain and I consider it to be one of the most essential apps available. Anything at all that might need referencing later, I store in my Evernote. Just to give you an idea, I use Evernote to completely store my tax records, goals, family pictures, drawings from my son, music scores, and anything else that is important to me. But Evernote isn’t just a digital filing cabinet for storing things, it is a blank slate with endless capabilities. For example, I use Evernote to get a lot of major projects done and I’ve created my own digital sales prospecting system in my Evernote to keep track of clients and the sales process. Evernote offers a free entry tier and two paid tiers which offer more upload space and premium features like business card scanning capabilities. That being said, even the free version surpasses every note taking app I’ve tried.
This is the tool I use for getting things done. All of my lists, tasks, and projects live in my Omnifocus. Not only is this a beautiful app to look at, it is the most powerful GTD (Getting Things Done) tool on the market today. Omnifocus is not just an app full of to-do lists, it works using the Getting Things Done method by David Allen. For those of you not familiar with his book, Getting Things Done, David Allen sets out a five step process for which his GTD method is based on. Capture an idea, process it, organize it within your system, take action, and finally review. Omnifocus pro will set you back $80 for the mac version and $20 for iOS. But it is an investment which is well worth it once you learn all the features and the workflow process.
So if you’re the kind of person that tends to procrastinate on projects and goals like I do, keeping yourself armed with an arsenal of productivity apps like these can help you achieve more while creating lasting habits. Even if you consider yourself to already be a responsible person with a sharp memory, these tools can help you get better at whatever you are trying to accomplish.