Five Android Apps for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
It’s another year, and if you’re like most people, you probably have resolutions to keep for 2013. There are lots of to-do and project management apps in the Play Store to help you out. These are great, but some apps are even better and especially designed for meeting goals rather than just checking off daily tasks. To start you off, here are five apps that keep track of your goals and your progress as you’re meeting (or missing) them.
1. Habit Streak (Free, Pro Version at $2.99)
Habit Streak is a well-reviewed goal-tracking app with a lot of features for encouraging you to stay on track. The app lets you list goals, and check them off routinely. A summary shows you how much you have met each goal since you added it in the list. It’s extremely usable and insightful — something that’s great for even the worst procrastinators. The Pro version sports a new interface and allows adding a widget to the home screen.
2. Wunderlist 2 (Free)
I’ve written about the beautiful design of Wunderlist 1, and now the app is updated to version 2.0 with new features. The update now adds sub-tasks and recurring tasks, as well as sharing and notifications. So you’ll not only have a beautiful way to make lists, you’ll also get extra functionality for accomplishing tasks that are aimed towards a bigger goal.
3. Promodoro Timer Lite (Free; Pro Version at $1.99)
The Promodoro technique is a way to break up a task in 25-minute bursts. Using the Promodoro timer, you start a task (and don’t stop) until 25 minutes is up. You take small breaks (3-5 minutes) in between and start the timer again. Pretty simple, right? This app is the one with the best interface and key functions. The Pro version allows multiple tasks and viewing the history for each.
4. runtastic Pedometer (Free; Pro version at $0.99)
If you’re not into fitness activities because of (insert excuse here), then a good walk around the block should do. This app counts your steps and get stats on how it benefits your health. The free version lets you save five previous activities and sync with the runtastic.com, while the paid version allows unlimited history and a calorie counter.
5. Regularly (Free)
Regularly is not your typical to-do app. This is best for errands that recur in non-specific dates (in two weeks, in 6 months, etc.) Although the app is very flexible and doesn’t tie you to a deadline, it does remind you how long you’ve been delaying a task as well as what’s coming up in the next few days. It also lets you rank tasks in terms of importance so you can decide which one needs your attention more.
These are just a few suggestions. I hope this helps you accomplish your goals for the rest of the year. Happy new year, and may the apps be ever in your favor! Do you use an app that’s helped you with your goals? Share it in the comments!