One of my secret weapons for productivity and habit forming is the use of apps to help me keep in line and encourage me. These are the best apps that I recommend if you want to start a new habit or develop a daily ritual.
My favourite app. Awesome interface and tremendous flexibility. You can create a habit, assign a colour and icon and also the desired schedule. You can make it a daily event, weekly or monthly. You can also keep a journal/notes in relation to each goal. Moreover, you can set each habit to be performed at multiple times per day (morning, afternoon, evening) if you wish. This can be useful for tasks such as checking email 3 times a day (another great productivity tip) instead of constantly having your inbox open. You can even set a habit to be performed a number of times per week instead of on specific days, so that leaves you flexible to reach a total number rather than being tied to specific days. I use this for my training regimes.
You can even set a habit to be performed a number of times per week instead of on specific days, so that leaves you flexible to reach a total number rather than being tied to specific days. I use this for my training regimes. For example, I have a weekly to target to cycle 3 times, but I decide when to go out cycling depending on the weather. When it’s too windy or hot I do something else like doing laps in the pool. So having that flexibility is very handy.
Of course, the app also gives you a life log showing your performance on each habit and whether you have any positive streaks. As with all other habit building apps, Productive can be set to remind you about your habits at specific times each day via phone notifications. With the premium version, you get unlimited habits, the ability to set specific reminders per habit, passcode lock and a floodlight (light) theme.
The premium version costs €3.99 and is well worth the money if you’re using Productive on a regular basis.
Nice and simple interface, it also includes motivational images and quotes as well access to a community forum about your specific goal or its category e.g. Fitness. It encourages you to build streaks (consecutive days of performing your desired habit). Its interface is quite good, however, it’s not as flexible as Productive.
A simple app that works well if you’re not doing any fancy stuff and just want to perform a daily habit such as journaling. The best thing about this app is that it has a Mac OS app that goes with it so you can use it both on your laptop and your phone. Sync is done over iCloud.
Note for Android users: On Android, my favourite app is Rewire.