What’s your secret? What’s your terrible vice, your one bad habit that you just can’t seem to drop? Everyone has at least one, and whether it’s smoking too much, swearing too frequently, or forgetting to put on pants, help is only a download away. Perhaps, you just need the right goal tracking app to turn it all around! Use the new year or your birthday or the nearest holiday of your choosing as a milestone. Say to yourself “Self, henceforth from this International Migratory Bird Day (the second Saturday in May) you will no longer leave shopping carts in parking spaces at the supermarket, but instead will take them to the cart return like a civilized human being.” Ahem.
If you’re having trouble sticking to your goals, tracking your progress with your iPhone or iPad can be a great way to stay motivated. Use it as a high-tech reminder of your goal or a journal for tracking success. Check out these goal tracking apps from the App Store, and start on the path to becoming a new you.
Developer: Andrew Goldstein
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Have you ever used a swear jar to collect your pocket change every time you cursed at the Yankees or your neighbor’s horrible dogs? SinJar pulls that concept into the digital age, giving users both a “Sin Jar” and a “Goal Jar.” As you slip up or accomplish goals, enter your actions into this app to deposit animated tokens in the jars. Sin Jars accumulate angry faces, while Goal Jars fill up with smiling encouragement. Train your brain to do the right thing by keeping track of your slips. Both jars can be adjusted for size depending on how copiously you plan to be sinning. Let your integrity be your guide!
TraxItAll – A Goal Setting, Motivational, Habits Building, and All-in-One Daily Log / Tracking System
Developer: David Canfield
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
TraxItAll is built around the premise that nothing will happen without motivation. This app’s clear, concise interface lets you track your “life stats” in one easy-to-read window. Chart your progress on work goals, diet commitments, and bad habits and reward your successes with happy faces and stars. A record of your accomplishments will keep your mind on the right track, and before long you’ll replace your bad habits with the good habit of checking TraxItAll! Read our review of TraxItAll.
Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson
Developer: Michael Schneider
Price: $2.99 Download on the App Store
Using the inspirational words of America’s seventeenth President, this app- wait, let’s start over. From the app’s description, “Andrew Johnson is a Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland,” and his therapy program targets the habits that surround the act of smoking. By eliminating these habits through passive suggestion, smokers can let go of the nicotine more easily. Dr. Johnson’s app can be used before sleep or during any portion of your day that includes some quiet time. It’s expensive therapy at an App Store price.
Way of Life
Developer: Lars Arendt
Price: Free Download on the App Store
Sometimes you want to start up a positive habit rather than shed a negative one, and Way of Life is a great tool for the job. Its simple interface allows you to graph your habits and watch your week’s successes stack up. Simply enter the habits you wish to encourage and then set each day to red or green depending on whether you stuck with your goal. This completely free app can also export your data to external programs such as Dropbox, enabling you to sync your accomplishments across multiple devices.
The Habit Factor® (Daily Habits & Goals Tracker / Productivity)
Developer: Equilibrium Enterprises, Inc
Price: $6.99 Download on the App Store
Inviting you to “CRUSH YOUR GOALS IN 2012!” the enthusiastic Habit Factor team want to help you on your way to accomplishing your new year’s resolutions. The Habit Factor is a truly all-in-one solution; you can write yourself a motivational lecture as easily as you can add photos of your goal to get fired up for success. The app’s calendar tracks your streaks and lets you watch as your posture improves or your weight declines. The Habit Factor is absolutely packed with features and allows you to configure just about everything. When you’re serious about your habits, start here.
kickit – quit smoking, incentivized
Price: free Download on the App Store
Designed to counter one of the most common vices out there, kickit is an app to help smokers give their habit the boot. This brilliant reminder list updates routinely with good news about your body’s progress in healing from the damage caused by cigarettes. Accompanying these reassuring messages are a quit counter and a funds calculator that displays the amount of money you’ve saved by quitting smoking. Kickit relies on incentives to make it worth your while to quit. Tracking your saved money and taking pride in your accomplishments helps you make the change permanent. This app is really important for your health!