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Become More Efficient with Productivity Apps: Part 2

Last week, we learned that productivity it is when your time, energy, and attention converge to create or produce your desired outcome. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all way to be productive and everyone’s productivity goals will vary.

When used correctly and frequently, the right app will help you accomplish tasks and goals more productively. But keep in mind, an app alone isn’t going to make you more productive; it’s how you use the app.

 This week, is all about Habit Forming Apps!

Creating or breaking a habit is a labor of willpower and perseverance. Studies show that it takes on average 66 days to develop and stick with a new habit. Habit forming apps help you along the way.

  • 21Habit
    You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. With the help of one of our three virtual coaches and a dose of daily positive affirmations, you can change one thing at a time and design the life you want. You can also keep track of your daily moods.
  • Habitica
    Habitica is a video game to help you improve real life habits. It “gamifies” your life by turning all your tasks (habits, dailies, and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up in life, your character starts backsliding in the game.
  • HabitBull
    This app helps you build positive habits or break negative habits. It’s based on Seinfeld’s productivity secret: Don’t break the chain! This means you build a “streak” of successful days. Each day you see the streak becoming longer and after a while you really don’t want to break the streak so you just keep going. It’s extremely motivating.
  • StickK
    We all have goals but most of us struggle to achieve our goals. That’s because there’s a big difference between having a goal and achieving a goal—stickK works by helping people eliminate this gap by using, what they call, a Commitment Contract. A Commitment Contract is a binding agreement you sign with yourself to ensure that you follow through with your intentions—and it does this by utilizing the psychological power of loss aversion and accountability to drive behavior change.

Apps listed are available on a variety of platforms. Some are free to use and some come with an initial cost or have added features at an additional charge.

Tune in next week for Part 3 in the series: Staying Focused Apps

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