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So in today’s video we’re gonna be taking a look at
one of my favorite types of apps in the entire world.
the humble habit tracker.
This very simple type of app
helps you to build strong habits or break bad ones
by leveraging what’s been called the don’t break the chain strategy.
For some reason when our brains see
that we have done something for a long period of time
or haven’t done something for the same long period of time,
we don’t wan na break the chain,
we don’t wan na break the pattern.
So essentially a habit tracker just lets you check off
whether or not you’ve done something every single day
and over time you get a visual indication of your progress
and that keeps you motivated to keep progressing in the right direction.
Now since habit trackers are very simple,
they’re also not that difficult to make in comparison to other apps
and as a result there are a ton of them out there whether you’re on iOS, Android,or just look for a web version
所以 在iOS 安卓和网页端有大量这样的软件
So what we’re gon na do today is
I am going to share my picks for the top eight habbit tracker
that deserve your attention here in 2019.
And for an app to make my list
, it has to do something beyond
just letting you check off whether or not you did a habit,
it has to bring something unique to the table
and without further ado let’s just jump
into the number eight pick on my list
which is called Habitify.
Now Habitify makes my list because it is very well designed.
In fact, across all the apps that i tested for this video
I found Habitify’s combination of simplicity
and really nice UI to be
at least the most attractive to my eyes
and in addition to that it is also cross-platform,
you’re gonna find it on Android, iOS, iPad,
在Android iOS iPad上都能找到它
and there’s even a Mac app as well.
Additionally, you’re gonna find features like a dark mode,
而且 有很多功能 比如夜间模式
lots of fancy charts and graphs to track your progress
and if you are an iOS person,
you’re gonna find Apple watch apps
那么你在Apple watch 这个iPhone部件的主界面
a widget for your iPhone home screen, even an iMessage app as well
which I have not seen in any other app that I’ve looked at.
Next up on my list is an app called HabitHub
which gains the distinction
of being the only Android exclusive app to make this list.
Now a lot of the other apps I’m gonna talk
about in a little bit have Android versions
but this is the only Android exclusive
so if you’re an Android person
And you wanna lord it over your iPhone friends
that you get app that they can’t use,
this is probably the one that you’re gonna want pick.
HabitHub also has a really nice design
And has a couple of other features that I really enjoyed as well
including the ability to have goals for your habit streaks
so you can do things like having a 30-day challenge
and the ability to mark a habit as skipped
instead of just failed.
So if you had a business trip
or you found yourself sick for some reason
, you could mark something as skipped,
you could add a note to
to explain why you had skipped it
and you’re gonna get a visual indication of being skipped
rather than just failed or not marked altogether.
That brings us to number six
on the list which is TickTick
and TickTick isn’t really a purpose-built habit tracker,
it’s actually a full-fledged task management/to-do app
that is very similar to Todoist
and I actually talked about it
in my video on the best task management apps since 2019
which you’ll find linked in description down below if you
haven’t seen that
but now, they have actually integrated a habit tracker into the app
and for a really long time,
I’ve been getting questions from all kinds of people asking me,
Tom is there a task management app out there
that also integrates a habit tracker
and for the longest time,
my answer to that question has been no
or at least I don’t know of one
But now TickTick has filled that void
so if you wanna have your task management
and your habit tracking living in one place,
in the same app, on the same screen,
TickTick is gon na be what you probably wan na go with for both of those purposes.
Now if you are one of those people
who wants a little bit more complexity in your habbit tracking
then you might want to pay attention to number five on my list
which is Beeminder.
And yes, I’ve talked about Beeminder many, many times in this channel,
是的 在这个频道中 我多次谈到Beeminder
it was most recent profile in my video and website
force you to work
so I’m not gonna talk too much about Beeminder but in
but in case you haven’t heard of it,
it is an app that allows you to essentially put money on the line
to ensure that you do your habits
and in addition to that financial incentive part of the app,
there is just a lot of data in Beeminder.
You can look at all these crazy charts and graphs,
you can see all of your data points,
you can get really, really nerdy with this app
and it also holds the distinction of being the app
that can pull in data from the largest amount of sources that I ever seen
It can pull on Apple health data, it can
pull on data from all kinds of other quantified self-apps
and it can even connect up to IFTTT
which can basically let you pull data from literally any other service in the world that you can
probably think of through some weird combination of home
automation Python scripts and whatever it is
you programming nerds like to build out there,
you can probably use it to shove data into Beeminder.
But let’s say for a second that all that data
is not the top priority for you
because you are a person of culture,
you are a person who prides and values aesthetics
over everything else.
Well if that is the case and
if you have an iPhone
’cause the one we’re gonna talk about here is an iOS exclusive,
then you may want to look at number four on the list which is called Today.
Today is a beautiful app, in fact,
it might even be a little bit too beautiful for my taste.
In fact, the reason that it’s not a little bit higher on this list is because I feel
some of the aesthetics get in the way
of using the app really quickly and efficiently.
That being said, it is a very capable habit tracker under the hood
in addition to all the nice design and UI
and it even packs in some features for free
that other apps charge you monthly subscription fee for.
Now of course you can do all the basics,
you can add habits, you can check them off,
you can do multiple check-ins per day but you
can also set specific covers for your habits
so you get that nice little splash screen for each one
and one thing that I’d really like is that for each habit you can add
what are called custom cards to the data area for the habit
and well, it can’t pull in your Apple health data
to actually hold your feet to the fire like Beeminder can,
so you can’t do something like having a walking goal and then pulling
in your steps data to check it off or not check it off,
you can add in Apple health data
for some extra context for your habits
which is a really nice touch.
Plus Today is just pretty, did I mention that?
All right, I will stop gushing about Today’s design.
Let’s move on to number three
on the list which is Coach.me
and I didn’t put it on there
’cause it rhymes though that is a nice little coincidence.
So Coach.me is actually the first habit tracker
that I ever used back when I was using it,
it was called Lift, though it
has since rebranded to Coach.me
and as you might imagine
there is now a coaching component to the app
and that is actually what makes it pretty unique.
Now at its core, Coach.me is a very capable habit tracker,
you can add in your habits,
you can check them off,
there’s nice high-five animations sometimes
but there’s also a big community element to the app as well
both in the form of coaching and in the form
of a simple community with discussions.
So for any habit that you add to your list,
if it is a common habit,
there’s probably gonna be questions and discussions
threads for those questions from other users
You can use that to get tips and additional motivation.
If that discussion area isn’t enough for you, you
can also go over to the coaching section of the
app which is where it gets its namesake and for
a lot less money than I’ve seen
in almost any other coaching venue that I’ve come across online,
you can get personalized check-ins with coaches
for basically any habit that you’re trying to
build or goal that you’re trying to achieve.
Now if I had to guess, I would say you probably get
a little less personalized attention, a little less time than you’d get with an actual coach
but a lot of people don’t need a ton of personalized attention,
a lot of people don’t need to pay $ 60 for an hour of a coach’s time.
Some people just need to be able to check
in with somebody a couple of times a week
and just have someone there to keep them on track
and that’s the need that this app fills.
All right, homestretch baby,
we are on to number two on the list
and it is what has been my favorite habit tracker,
my habit tracker of choice for a very long time,
it’s called Strides and it is unfortunately
an iOS exclusive once again
but hey, the Android people got HabitHub
so you can’t complain too much, right?
So at least on the surface,I would say that Strides
is pretty similar to Habitify.
Both have really clean professional UIs,
both are very fast, they’re snappy, they are a joy to use.
都非常快速 简洁 操作起来很有趣
But where Habitify is a little bit more rigid
in the types of goals you can set up and track
Strides is more flexible, it has some additional options
for the types of habits that you can set up within it.
For one, you can set up street goals which are great for things like 30-day challenges
比如说 你可以设定目标 诸如30天挑战等
and you can also set goals to be ether yes or no
did you do them, did you not,
or based on a certain quantity of things,
so if you wanna take like 10,000 steps a day,
you could actually type in that number if you really wanted to
but the feature that I like the most about Strides
and this is something that I have not seen in
any other habit tracker that I’ve tested is the ability
to track an average for a specific habit.
So if you want to make sure you’re
not playing too many hours of video games each week
or you wan na just track the number of times you go to the gym
which you don’t have a specific goal for it
this is a great feature and I love it.
but not as much as I love the number one app on this list
which is of course Habitica.
In my humble opinion,
Habitica goes beyond all other habit trackers out there
because instead of just letting you track your habits,
it lets you turn your life into a bonafide video game.
Habitica is basically an RPG
with habit tracking elements built in
and instead of just working on yourself,
you’re working on yourself while also building up a character in the game
that can go on quests and party up
with people and get mounts and all kinds of gear
and all kinds of fun stuff.
Now I will readily admit that I am a nerd
and not everyone out there is a nerd,
maybe you’re not a nerd.
– So Habitica is not for everyone,
there’s a lot going on in that game, there’s
all kinds of stats and buffs and all kinds of
crazy stuff which is why I made this list.
There’s seven other picks on the list
that you could go for if you want something a little bit more simple but
in my experience, all of the gamification elements
that are built in to Habitica are really, really motivating.
If you get into the game,
then you really don’t want to fail on your habits
’cause you’re trying to build up some gold
to get a new piece of gear
or you’re trying to level up so you can actually cast more powerful spells
or and I think this
is the most genius part of Habitica,
you can actually party up with other people,
real-life humans, and you can go on quests and fight bosses together.
and when you are fighting a boss at the end of each day
that boss is going to attack you
and it will never damage you unless
somebody in your party fails to do their habits
or if they mark off a negative habit
like smoking a cigarette or eating junk food.
If people don’t stick to what they’re supposed to be doing,
everyone in the group gets hurt
and if you run out of health and die,
you actually lose a piece of gear
so there’s this great accountability element to Habitica
that a lot of other habit trackers just don’t have.
Plus in contrast to a lot of the other habit tracking apps out there,
all the core habit tracking functionality
in Habitica is free.
If you get really into the game, you can buy gems for certain purposes
or you can actually donate directly to the team if you want
but all of the habit tracking features,
those don’t cost anything to use
and this is something that I really respect about Habitica.
That and the fact that I can put a pair of steampunk goggles
and a top hat on my character.
Now no matter which habit tracker you do choose to go with
one habit that should probably be
on it is taking some time to do some independent learning each day
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