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Best app for tracking habits?

Sunday, February 23, 2020


It sounds like a simple thing, still, I didn't find the solution.
I need a good app to track my habits. As I discovered, tracking habits helps a lot.

I used paper sheets with a calendar, where I made a big checkmark for each day completed. I even created nice templates that showed rewards, contracts, and so on.

However, my needs have changed, and I am also interested in historical data, evolution, statistics to see patterns and to track several habits at a time.

Tracking habits is like helping a flower to grow. After planting a little seed, a little water every day, and it grows into a nice flower. Once or twice I can miss, but the longer I miss, the longer it takes to get back on track.

Here's a flower from our garden - I guess it is a bit confused, as winter is not yet over, but we had a few weeks of warmer temperatures than usual at this time of the year.

I have tried a number of apps recently, here's my summary.

HABITICA
I found it is great to have fun.
It is geared for tracking habits daily, however, if I want to do something 3 times a week, it cannot deal with that. And anything in the past is "gone" - not visible anymore. I didn't find a way to track habits backwards - it needs checking in on the phone every single day.
And at the start, the whole interface feels a bit too complicated.
I have started using and then abandoned using this app like ten times in the past years.
I am enthusiastic in the beginning, and later on the missing features keep me away.
NO GO.

HABITBULL (HABIT TRACKER)
It used to be my favourite. Great easy to use interface, different metrics, forums, statistics, and so on.
However, switching to a new phone, all my data is lost, I cannot login anymore, sync doesn't work. Lots of data lost.
Searching the forums reveals many-many users having the same problem, and customer service is not existing.
As the app was last updated in July 2018, 1.5 year ago, it can be that it was just abandoned.
This was my main go to app to track habits, but after this, I hesitate to invest more time and data into this.
NO GO.
play.google.com/
store/apps/details?id=com.
oristats.habitbull&hl=en



BEEMINDER
Seems to be the most professional app for tracking habits.
However, insanely expensive.
The full version costs 32 USD / month or 1083 USD for a lifetime subscription.
The minimal version that one can use to get buy is 8 USD / month, or 271 USD for a lifetime.
And one has to like the concept of the app: it charges money if I don't complete a habit, and exponentially more as one misses more occasions.
This is sort of a "pain point motivation".
Those who use it, say it works.
It can pull data from a lot of other apps, Fitbit, Todoist, Garmin, etc. making habit tracking automated, which is a big plus.
MAYBE, I will do a one week trial with three habits (still free).

www.beeminder.co
m/premium

help.beeminder.c
om/category/10-integration
s?sort=name



I have also tried:

HABITIFY - too many user complaints of loss of data and bugs, subscription can be cancelled only in e-mail. NO GO

REPEAT HABIT - I missed good stats and history, maybe I give it a go again. Otherwise good. NO GO

HABIT NOW - it looks more like a todo app, will give it a go again. MAYBE

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Do you use any app for tracking habits?
Any advice?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • INGMARIE
    Good Luck finding one you like. I just use fitbit trackers,have seen some ads for trackers that look nice .If I find something I let you know. emoticon
    102 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    I'm a pen/pencil & paper kind of gal. Good luck finding an app that supports you!
    103 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    Thanks for the information. I tried a habit tracking app years ago but it left a lot to be desired but maybe it time to investigate these again. Thanks for your review.
    103 days ago
  • LADYBLU324FL
    I also use the good ole analog method. I have a Rite in the Rain notebook that goes with me, augmented by my Galaxy Gear watch, and Spark People logs. My plan is to import it into a spreadsheet at the end of each month.
    103 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    I still use good old notebook and pen.
    103 days ago
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