It’s that time of the year again when we all resolve – among other things – to keep the resolutions we make for ourselves every year. To be honest, I’ve been guilty of breaking new year’s resolutions within as little as a week and yet I take a shot at them every year. Exercising more, controlling what I eat, working less and playing more. We all say we want to do it, right? The problem is, it’s just really really hard to keep track of all of these things when we have so much else going on in our lives!
At least, that’s the excuse I’ve been giving myself for a while now.
This year will be different, though. I’m going to be a little proactive and try to use technology to my advantage in ensuring I don’t have that one excuse in 2012. So here is a roundup of over 30 Android Apps that let you track your goals – whatever the kind – and help make sure you stick with them as long as possible.
General Goal Tracking
Let’s start off with a selection of apps that don’t focus on any specific kind of goal. These are apps that will let you keep track of pretty much anything you want, so the “I couldn’t find an app to help me with this specific thing” rant is out of the window right off the bat.
A lot of our new year’s resolutions revolve around picking up certain good habits, or getting rid of some bad ones. Habit Streak Pro helps you set goals, track how you are doing on them daily and motivates you to maintain positive streaks as long as possible.
Routinely helps you achieve your goals and develop good habits by providing daily reminders of activities and tasks. You simply start by making a list of things you would like to get done over time and the periodicity and then track them routinely. The app also uses color coding to let you know how you are doing with each goal.
Goal Manager attempts to boost your productivity by letting you set goals for yourself and tracking them. You can set daily, monthly or yearly goals. What sets the app apart from a lot of the others on this list is a neat and contemporary interface, helpful widgets and the ability to share your goals with others.
Track your life’s data with KeepTrack Pro. The app lets you track pretty much anything – from your exercise numbers to food you eat and glasses of water you drink everyday. It lets you simply log the data in as you go about your stuff and provides detailed reports, trends and analytics to help you evaluate and change course as necessary.
Success Log takes a slightly different approach to helping you achieve goals in life, by tracking successes in exercise, diet or any other aspect of life. The process is similar to the other apps: you make a list of things you want to do, then open the app every time you get something done, log it, and analyze how you are doing on each one.
Okay, this is the last one in a series of seemingly similar apps, I promise. GoalTracker is probably the best looking app in the list and one I’m personally most likely to use. In addition to a nice looking list of goals and achievements, the app also visualizes how you are doing through progress bars and bar charts.
A huge majority of new year’s resolutions are related to health and fitness in some way. Whether you want to lose weight (or gain some), eat healthier, or exercise more, everyone has at least one of these on their list. Here are some apps, then, that will let you live healthily in the coming year.
If you gathered a list of the most common new year’s resolutions, losing weight would probably rank at the top. If you are one of those who would like to shed some flab, Lose It! might be the app for you. You can set a daily calorie budget using Lose It! and stay on track by logging daily food and exercise details. The app comes with an extensive database of foods and their nutritional values to help you keep score.
Noom Weight Loss is a full-featured app that helps you achieve your weight loss goals by combining exercise tracking, food logging and motivation into one easy-to-use package. You can easily set up a personalized weight loss plan, log your progress daily and analyze how you are doing with the help of detailed reports and charts.
MyFitnessPal is probably one of the best diet tracking apps on Android. With a comprehensive feature set, a database of more than a million food items and some of the most extensive reporting in a mobile app, it’s a difficult one to miss at a price of free. Apart from keeping tabs on what you eat, the app also comes with an extensive set of exercises to help you keep fit.
Another diet tracking app, and by far the prettiest of the lot, is Calorific. Calorific uses a three-color traffic light system to keep you aware of and accountable for your diet and fitness choices. The app will instantly rate anything you eat and let you know how you are doing on the path to a healthier lifestyle. It will also compare your status with the ideal body mass index so you’re always aware of the choices you are making.
There is no lack of apps that let you keep track of your exercise regimen, but Endomondo is one of the best you can get, and you can’t really beat the price. Features include real time GPS tracking, audio feedback for every mile you run, sharing of your goals and progress with friends, headset control and more. With their newly added social features, you can even compete with friends as a form of motivation to keep going.
Yoga has seen a huge upsurge and acceptance over the last few years as a way to improve physical and mental health. Pocket Yoga is your own personal yoga instructor with detailed audio and visual instructions on all yoga poses. A built-in dictionary guides you through the meaning and advantages of each pose.
A healthy heart is key to a healthy you, and the first thing to keep track of there is your heart rate. Instant Heart Rate uses an ingenious technique to report your heart rate without any equipment other than your phone. Just hold a finger on your phone’s camera for a little while and you’re done. You can also keep a log of the counts to check how you are doing over time.
If one of your resolutions for the new year is to kick the habit, there are a few apps for Android that can help in the process. QuitNow! takes the approach of keeping you continuously informed on how you are doing with the seemingly tough endeavor and provides motivational facts to keep you going. There’s also a pro version that apparently costs less than a pack of cigarettes!
With the economy is the state it is now, money is on everyone’s mind – as long as you don’t belong to the elite 1%, that is. Although financial resolutions are usually about saving money, you might also want to start by simply tracking your habits or making better decisions. Here are some apps that might come in handy.
When it comes to money management apps, mint.com is right up there as the best known personal finance web app. And the Android client doesn’t disappoint. The app automatically connects with all your accounts – bank, credit cards, etc. – and creates a single dashboard for all your financial activity. You can even track all your investments directly from the app.
An Editors’ Choice app in the Android Market, PageOnce is an easy way to automatically track and manage all your bills from one single location. Once you have connected the app with your accounts, it will take care of reminding you when a payment is due, providing you with constant updates on the status of each account and in general making sure your money management is taken care of.
The first step towards money management is to track your money habits; knowing how and where you spend your money can go a long way in helping you be more in control. The EasyMoney app lets you track your income and expenses through a simple, intuitive interface. Log your expenses as they happen, keep track of where the money is going and make better decisions.
We all remember our tiny little piggy banks we used to save money in as children, don’t we? SmartyPig takes that concept of saving money to a new level and makes it relevant for everyone. The idea is to help you set financial goals and start saving towards them. Need to get that dream house by the time you’re 35? SmartyPig will tell you how go about saving for it in the right way.
The worst thing about keeping track of expenses is managing all those receipts and manually entering all the details in an application. Who wants to do that? Lemon has a solution to the problem. You simply scan your receipts using your phone’s camera and the app will digitize and enrich them. It will even generate reports of all your expenses with appropriate categories identified.
Alright, so you’ve figured a way to keep track of your expenses and manage your money better, but there’s still no harm in saving a little more, is there? Coupons are all the craze these days and they are everywhere. The Coupons App helps bring the best and most relevant coupons directly to your phone. There’s also a barcode scanner and price comparison tool so you always know the best price before you buy anything.
GOALS ToDo is a full-fledged personal information management app that lets you organize your life around goals in the short or long term. Set goals and targets, categorize them using projects and contexts and track tasks to closure by focusing on what needs to be done.
MyLifeOrganized is an easy-to-use, yet powerful and intuitive, to-do list and task manager. Features include a streamlined approach to GTD with hierarchical to do lists, next actions and more, GPS support for location-aware lists, advanced filtering and seamless sync with the MyLifeOrganized desktop app for Windows.
If a full-fledged GTD system feels too complex for your simple task management needs, you might want to give Any.DO a try. A fairly new entrant in the already crowded todo list apps segment, Any.DO has impressed many with its beautiful interface and smooth workflow. A sleek UI, powerful yet intuitive feature-set and sync with the ubiquitous Google Tasks make it a must try if you are in the market for a task management solution.
You have probably heard of Astrid, one of the oldest and most popular task management apps on Android. For Android users who started with the platform a few years ago, this was probably their first app of the kind. It may not be as beautiful as Any.DO, but its extraordinary feature set more than makes up for it. Astrid now also has a web app, so your tasks are always synced and you can even access your todo list from any computer.
If not missing deadlines and being more punctual is on your list of resolutions this year, then the stock Android calendar is probably going to fall a bit short in helping you manage your time better. Pocket Informant is a supercharged calendar app that brings an optimized interface and built-in task management to your phone.
Productivity at work ranks very high on most of our lists when it comes to new year’s resolutions. If your organization uses the uber-popular Basecamp project management web app, you might want to give Timy a try for logging time while on the go. Timy connects directly to your basecamp account and makes it super simple to log your hours on projects without having to bother with the actual web app.
For a more full-fledged time management and analysis solution, it’s hard to beat the utility of an app that can track what you are doing and automatically sort and categorize stuff for you. RescueTime site in the background and keeps tabs on where you are spending time on your phone, and then generates automatic reports to help you analyze and improve utilization, and in turn enhance productivity.
And finally, if you suffer from crazy bouts of procrastination that eat away at your ability to be productive, here’s an app that could do wonders to your productivity. Pomodroido is a simple pomodoro timer that helps you focus on tasks for stipulated periods with smaller breaks in between, followed by a longer fourth break. The timings are adjustable, although you might want to read up on the technique a bit to make best use of the app.
And then there’s those apps that are not necessarily meant for helping you with your new year’s resolutions per se, but can come in handy just the way they are. This is a random mix of note taking and information management apps that are basically at the top of the heap in their respective categories.
A big part of keeping new year’s resolutions is keeping track of things. Sure, a number of the goals management apps do that, but sometimes a specialized tool is just not enough and you need something much more open. Evernote is probably the best known note-taking and information management app out there, with a plethora of features, presence on virtually every computing platform, a rock-solid Android app and some serious development mettle behind it.
If Evernote is the granddaddy of notes management apps out these, SpringPad is the new hunk on the street. It is relatively new, but sets itself apart in a number of ways and has already gathered a huge base of loyal users. If you are not already invested into a system – like I am with Evernote – I would recommend giving SpringPad a try to see whether it works for your requirements.
If generic note-taking is a bit too open a space for you to get lost, Pocket might be for you. Previously named ‘Wallet’, it is a personal information management app that you can use to keep all the information you need at your fingertips while on the move – like bank account details, ATM pin codes, e-mail passwords and so on. Of course, it comes with built-in ways to make sure your data is secure and only accessible by you.
Personal is probably the newest app on this list, but an important one no less. You can use Personal to organize, search and share life’s details in a private, personal network and vault. We all have a cache of small nuggets of information we want to keep for easy access or sharing – from food preferences to bank details and intimate personal information. Personal lets you collate those and also share specific pieces with people you know right from within the app.
With most aspects of computing moving rapidly to the cloud, anytime, anywhere access to your data is pretty critical these days. Dropbox is probably the best cloud storage and syncing service out there, letting you safely backup files to the cloud and access them across all your devices with ease.
If there’s one resolution I make every year only to break it within days, it’s about remembering birthdays and anniversaries. Col Reminder might be my answer to the problem this year. The app simply lets you set reminders for important events – whether they’re one-time events like meetings, or repeating ones like birthdays and anniversaries – and forget about them till it’s time.
Now I hope this list will have you covered no matter what your new year’s resolution is. They will take you just that bit closer to being able to actually keep those resolutions you always resolved to keep. The fact of the matter though, is that in the end it has to be your initiative.