Top Twenty Habit and Goal Apps to Support Getting It Done: Part 2 online options

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www-368146_1280 - pixabayIn Part 1, I provided some possibilities for smart phone apps that you can carry with you providing constant backup on your missions! In this entry, I continue with website based applications:

9) Irunurun: This supports new habit formation. You begin with zero points. To earn points you enter the action or habit you want to track, and weight it with a point value. As you complete the actions you want to be held accountable for, you add points. You can also build an accountability team of friends and family and selectively share your progress with them. Continue reading

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Top Twenty Habit and Goal Apps to Support Getting It Done: Part 1 apps for smart devices

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fireworks-574739_1280 pixabayGive yourself a reason to celebrate by repeatedly meeting your goals. Staying on course with your goal commitments is not just about taking the individual steps themselves, but also about providing the most supportive environment possible for success.

Any goal takes work. When you commit to changing a habit, it takes time to establish and really pay off. You literally have to learn it until it becomes natural. Something that appears to be a small change, like eating more fruit and vegetables, requires changes to many different supporting behaviors. You may have to shift your shopping routines so that you have fresh fruit and vegetables on hand. Perhaps you have to learn new ways of preparing dishes. You might even need some new kitchen equipment. In addition to this, you need to adapt to how your body adjusts to a new diet – maybe you will get hungry more quickly. Break down at any one of these points may lead to not meeting your goal that day.

Other goals like publishing a best-selling book may require learning new skills, making new contacts, and establishing a routine that gets what you want to communicate down on paper. Not stepping up to anyone of these sub-goals may mean you never reach the finish line.

One way to bring additional support to your goals is by taking advantage of one of many applications designed to keep you on track. These self coaching tools provide support that ranges from prompts and activities to increase goal related awareness to data to assist you in overcoming challenges. Continue reading

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Top Ten Health Apps That Allow You to Coach Yourself

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woman joy sun pixabayHow are you doing on those New Year resolutions? Perhaps you wanted to shed holiday pounds through diet and exercise and have a healthier lifestyle? If your motivation has taken a hit, these applications provide options for measuring your health related activities. This type of self observation provides invaluable feedback and has been labeled the “quantified self” movement. While I have not had personal experience with all of these, I have seen firsthand how much impact logging your behavior can have. You can no longer hide behind approximations, but find out exactly how accurate your perceptions of your behavior were. By setting an objective and getting data feedback you gain support and accountability that increase your chances of success in much the same way as live coaching. Below I describe the main features of ten health apps that will support you in establishing new habits.

1. Runkeeper: This free app for iPhone or android enables you to map your fitness activities by time, distance, speed, pace, calories, and route. Engagement is also increased through planning, music, progress feedback, and run history.
2. MyFitnessPal: This free web app uses databases of foods and exercises to track calorie intake and output. Continue reading

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