There’s An App for That: 10 Best Apps for Crushing Your Goals in 2017
New year, new goals. As soon as January 1 rolls around, every business hoping to dominate old records and continue to grow their successful business. Depending on your goal type, whether it be to grow your business, stay motivated, or become a better leader, there’s an app for that.
If you’re into creating a to-do list every day to keep your workflow steady, check out Todoist. This task management app allows you to manage projects and simple tasks anywhere, across ten platforms. As a CEO, you can use this for yourself or you can use it to collaborate with your coworkers and managers by sharing tasks and projects with them. Tag projects with labels and add new tasks from your desktop or phone—whichever platform you prefer to work on. You can also use Todoist for all of the personal projects and goals that you want to work toward in 2017. Todoist’s winning feature is its layout.
“[Todoist’s layout] is similar to your email inbox,” explains Melanie Haselmayr, contributor to Forbes Magazine. “Categorize your tasks, set due dates, and share your tasks with others if you need to.”
Do you use SMART Goals consistently at work? If this is how your business runs, check out GoalsonTrack. This mobile and web-based app allows users to create and stick to goals based on SMART goal setting: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
“This app helps you break up big goals into smaller chunks so they’re not as overwhelming, offering unique animations, and offline tracking so you can track how long you spend on tasks,” says Elise Moreau of Lifewire, a blog that helps readers work through technology problems.
GoalsonTrack’s built-in journal feature allows users to write in details about their progress.
This app uses the Pomodoro Technique, which makes you work in 25-minute blocks and then take a short break (usually around five minutes). Besides that, though, Focus Booster dives deeper into where your time spent working is going.
“You can link revenue, meetings, and projects to your Pomodoros so you gain a bird’s-eye view of the impact of your work,” explains Leslie Ye of Hubspot.
One Big Thing
Do large projects overwhelm you or your co-workers? Or leave you to not know where or how to start? It’s more common than you think. Introducing One Big Thing, the app that breaks down one big goal into little tasks. Every morning, you enter in your big goal of the day. Then, you add little tasks that need to get done in order for the big goal to be complete. Your phone will give you a friendly reminder every morning to fill in tasks you want to focus on.
At midnight, the app will reset so the next morning you can begin a new big goal for the day!
If you find yourself browsing the web when you’re supposed to be paying attention to the task on hand, try out Freedom. This app helps professionals stay focused and productive by blocking distracting websites and apps on your phone. When you’re using Freedom, you can create lists of websites and apps that you find yourself wandering towards when you’re trying to work. You can assign blocklists to any device or schedule, or even block the entire internet when you really need to focus.
You can also use their scheduling feature to start Freedom Sessions that start automatically or can be recurring for certain times/days of the week.
Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button quite often in the morning? Let’s change that in 2017. Kiwake can replace your daily alarm clock, and add some extra steps to waking up, ultimately resisting the temptation to hit the snooze button. They believe that in order to fully wake up, you need to wake up your body, brain, and motivation. In order to shut off the alarm, you have to physically get out of bed, perform a brain game, and review your personal goals.
“I’ve been using Kiwake for a few weeks now, and it’s incredibly effective,” says Leslie Ye of Hubspot. “I’ve gotten up when I intended to every day.”
Let’s face it, there’s going to be some stress in 2017. In order to combat that, and still crush your goals, it’s a great idea to meditate. Headspace is an incredibly popular app, with guided practices to make you more zen in as little as 10 minutes a day. So, if you always use the excuse that you’re too busy, it’s time to stop! After continuing with the program, you’ll notice a difference in your mental health.
As a bonus, Hubspot explains that practicing mindfulness will improve your listening skills, which means that fully engaging in conversations will become second nature in 2017!
Do you find yourself asking, “Where did my time go?” If so, it’s time to use ATracker. This handy app allows you to track your daily routines such as getting ready in the morning, commuting, answering email, watching TV, browsing the web, and other tasks. By tracking these tasks in ATracker, you’ll be able to see a breakdown of how much time you spend doing each task in a pie chart.
“You can also get a bigger picture look by looking at your breakdown over the past week, past month, or other preset range,” explains Elise Moreau of Lifewire.
Once you see where your precious time is going, you can adjust accordingly and start seizing the day!
Are motivational quotes the key to your success? If you love a good quote on the daily, try out Quoteplay. (At FobresBooks, we have them all over our walls for inspiration!) This app helps you stay motivated by sending you a short, inspirational quote each day. Hubspot explains that you can even pick when your quote arrives, which is handy if your motivation tends to dip at a certain time of the day!
Email clutter is something everyone suffers from, but let’s change that in 2017. With Boomerang, you can write an email now and schedule it to be sent at the perfect time. You can also get reminders when you don’t hear back from someone who you’re waiting on. With this feature, messages won’t slip through the cracks and you’ll always remember to follow up with people. Finally, Boomerang can take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them, cleaning up your inbox.
“By reminding me when I don’t receive replies, Boomerang allows me to keep the chaos of my Gmail inbox organized,” explains Walker Williams, Cofounder and CEO of Teespring. “I never have to think about following up on unanswered emails or worrying that something important will fall through the cracks.”
Make 2017 your year from a personal and business perspective. By utilizing these apps, you can become more organized, more focused, and be a better listener, all ultimately making you a better leader for your business.