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Your essentials to reach personal goals in 2019?

The community here on Product Hunt is absolutely awesome, with tons of busy makers shipping one product after another. This got me wondering which hacks (or apps) you are using to keep yourself motivated, accountable and aligned with your personal goals in 2019? Not talking about full blown project management software here; thinking more of hacks (or apps) which you use personally, to stay motivated, keep on track and to remember yourself of the really important stuff.
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    Makerlog

    The task log that keeps you shipping every day. ✨

    Joshua Carter
    Joshua CarterCreative Fundraising and Marketing Pro · Written
    Recently discovered this when it was featured on PH - I'm excited to utilize Makerlog in 2019 to keep me motivated.
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    It's a simple task log that helps you stay productive and ship products faster.
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    No single tool can help you achieve personal goals better than Makerlog does.
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    • Javi
      JaviDigital Comm Major. Aspiring PM.

      Sergio has been keeping the Makers Kitchen Slack group updated on this project and I'm happy this finally launched!

      While others might say Makerlog is a WIP clone, I personally see Makerlog as an innovation of WIP. The problem with WIP is it's chat-based. Why should someone have to type in commands just to create tasks and at the same time be bombarded with messages from other members? I get that the tasks from WIP are displayed onto a separate website via commands, but Makerlog totally removes that.

    • Ethan
      Ethan👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web

      I've been using Makerlog for one week now and it's been amazing! My two favourite things are the support you get from the community and the 'streaks' which motivate you to get something useful done every day!

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    Plan

    A beautiful organizer that integrates into your calendar

    I've now been using Plan for six months and it's easily my top productivity tool, replacing a host of other apps that I had to use to keep on top of my to-do lists and outstanding tasks. On top of the seamless core functionality Plan really nail the little touches, things like: + the ability to reorganize to-dos on a list with a simple drag-and-drop function + displaying my to-do list (and easy ability to add new items) whenever I open a new tab in Chrome, a small detail that's saved me many hours of time by keeping me on-task whenever I open a new tab
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    I have been a Plan user for a few years now and a VOCAL supporter - ask any of my friends ;) To build on what has already been described here, I use Plan's recurring task functionality and time tracking to help me develop new habits like reading each night and meditating each morning. The time tracking functionality makes it easy to keep tabs on how I am doing! !!!!THIS IS THE APP FOR MAKING YOUR 2019 GOALS REAL!!!!!
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    While reading about the benefits of time blocking and about how to-do lists and traditional task managers don’t make you any more productive, I stumbled across Plan. For any time blockers out there, Plan is near perfect. Basically, it lets you quickly jot down tasks and then schedule them into your calendar via drag and drop (which syncs directly back to my Google Calendar!!). Love the simplicity of the daily agenda, and seeing all of my daily to-do's and calendar meetings side by side. My only criticism is there isn’t much documentation out there on how to use Plan. This doesn’t matter for most things because it’s really intuitive, but sometimes I’ll stumble across a new feature that I didn’t even know existed (like linking my Google Drive docs to tasks in Plan).
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    • Lisa V Hofmann
      Lisa V HofmannGrowing the company VUTURE

      I searched for that so long. Try it out, it's easy and free. I tried so many other apps and they didnt have these functions or didnt do it good. This is a better google calendar generally.

    • This is exactly how a tasks/calendar should work. I have been searching for almost a year to find the right task software. Plan nailed it, I hope they continue to grow and take over the market.

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    Taskade

    A minimal and sharable task list.

    Noëlie Rx
    Noëlie RxEditor-in-chief and Front-End developper · Written
    For me, Taskade is a great tool to stay motivated and focused on my goals for 2019. I was using a Bullet Journal but I get bored because I have to design new stuff by myself. Then I discover Taskade a cool to-do list with templates, that way I can recreate a bullet journal online, but also do a to-do list for work than I can share with my coworkers or another for my family and so on. So yeah, Taskade is my tool (and app) to stay keep on track and to remember me the important stuff I want to accomplish this year ! Give it a try ;)
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    • Just started using, really like the simplicity and the look

      Hope it won't be overloaded with features (except for critical ones, like moving tasks between lists)

    • Ethan
      Ethan👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web

      The best todo list app out there, really nice UI! It is very flexible - it can be used as a vertical Kanban, weekly planner, simple todo list, bullet journal or even for note taking! It can even be used for collaboration with a built in chat. TRY IT 😻

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    Zenkit

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Zenkit is a lot more powerful, but the interface is simple and clean, which suits for personal goal tracking and motivating too! I plan from my yearly goal to every tasks e.g. shopping lists on Zenkit! Both web app and mobile app allows me to access it wherever I want, so it is definitely my must have tool in 2019! Give it a try! P.s: I loved the product and now work part time for them.
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    • Using Zenkit for a few months now and can't see myself going back to my old tool. The team has done a phenominal job of building an application that addresses the need of power users, light users, and everything in between.

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    • Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

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    Notion 2.0

    The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases

    Notion has all the tools to build any productivity workflow you can imagine. You can manage tasks, projects and notes and structure them anyhow you desire. I use it to maintain my productivity workflow digitally, before copying the prioritised tasks into my planner.
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    • Rees Vinsen
      Rees VinsenFounder, CEO - Adduco

      HANDS DOWN 🙌🏼 THE BEST PRODUCTIVITY, ORGANISATION AND RESOURCE WORKSPACE myself or my team have ever touched 💯

      We're huge advocates of Trello, power-users of Slack, data-hungry Google Sheet/Doc fanatics and unloyal downloaders of many productivity, Wiki, task management and organisation apps. With my CTO I often mused the idea of building an all-in-one workspace for internal use that sat as our Pandora's box of goodies ranging from development wiki's, onboarding information and branding resources all the way to task management, meeting notes and even time tracking - lo and behold I stumbled across this gem of an app.

      We decided to run Notion for a week in tandem with Trello (for our highly-granular level project management) starting by spending an hour in the evening porting over info to populate a few spreadsheets, wikis etc. I also went ahead and threw personal pages up to trial it on an individual level. 📝Note: if you have a super high turnover of to-do's and an active team you won't find switching over from another app to be a lengthy process. After 6 years of managing a creative agency I reckon I have seen enough task management and organisation apps to last a lifetime, so take my thoughts here with that consideration.

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      After a week we drew the following conclusions:

      ⏱ We worked faster with Notion than we did with Trello, Evernote or even a physical whiteboard.

      📦 Today I solely used Notion for the entire workday. This time last week I would have used Trello, Slack (sending meeting notes and memos), Google Sheets, Google Docs, the native OSX notes app and GithubWiki just to get my day ORGANISED!

      📚 Managing client editorials, project budgets, to-do lists and even basic memos and planning has been a breeze. It's great as a lightweight CRM too.

      🛠 We were more organised than ever before. It's great to have a knowledge base for our products, plans and company sitting right amongst our task management tools.

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      We have also been left wanting for nothing (👏🏼 Congrats, Notion team) but dreaming of a few things:

      💵 Beefier finance organisation/support. Integrations with Quickbooks, Xero maybe? Make it easier to build budgets and organise our money plans!

      🗣 Room to annotate and collaborate on images/PDF's etc.

      🔐 Function to lock pages so you can't edit, and the little hover tooltip to edit doesn't show up.

      🎨 Integration with design apps - Sketch, UXPin, etc. Many many many creatives will use this app and be left wanting in this area. Think: a creative agency collabs, annotates, refines, develops and more...keep them in Notion.

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      The TLDR: Notion 2.0 kicks a** and we'll be using it for a long long time in place of a myriad of other productivity apps and tools. You should too.

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    • I want to move from Evernote (I am a premium subscriber) to Notion, I really do but I don't think Notion wants me to. Whatever I am about to say, I say it with nothing but respect for Notion and in the hopes that it will continue to improve at the same pace.

      First, the good - Notion has the best note editing interface I've ever used. A close second might be OneNote (it's a high bar, mind you) and Bear. It combines the simplicity of Evernote or Markdown with the power of OneNote although, it is missing the ability to use handwriting and doesn't support iPad with Pencil just yet. When it does, it will be perfect. I also like that I can save code snippets. Why is this so hard for Evernote?

      Notion 2's tables, boards and other updates are huge. While I'm sure the in-built kanban board is not as feature complete as Trello, it should be more than enough for most projects. Same for tables. Airtable has a bunch of really cool advanced features but for most use cases, tables within Notion are just fine. Notion is on the right path and I am sure these features will only improve.

      Now for what I don't like - The price is definitely my number one complaint. I will happily pay for Notion when it can do everything that other apps can. Until then, why not let me stay connected to the product with a cheaper paid plan or a better free tier? I pay for Evernote but if I were to consider switching, I can't do so purely because Notion doesn't do a bunch of things that Evernote can (even though it does a lot of things that Evernote doesn't) - Chrome extension to clip articles, emails, images etc., powerful mobile app with business card and document scanning, iPad support etc.

      At $8 a month, it is more expensive than G Suite on a per-user basis. Why not give me 100 - 200 free blocks per month? Let me grow to love it. Let me build a workflow around it. Give me some incentive to tell my friends about it. When you have the features I want (I'm sure you're working on it), let me pay for it.

      Price aside, I would also like to see how Notion fairs for quick note-taking, It's designed to be a wiki-style product and I get that but I'm sure a LOT of people are using it for personal notes. I use Evernote to save one-line notes - phone numbers, quotes, URLs etc. Notion's wiki-style UX is too heavy duty for that kind of use. It would be really cool if there was a "scratchpad" or "quick notes" feature that was not as heavy duty. For these simpler notes, I don't want to organize them into pages, I just want to save them and may be tag them. Which brings me to another feature I could really use - tags. Why limit users to only folders? Why not allow users to just tag notes?

      I could go on but ultimately, I won't be switching to Notion right now, even though I really want to. Cost is too prohibitive but I'm sure I'll be on the hunt for future updates.

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    Todoist

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Hugo Fauquenoi
    Hugo Fauquenoigrowth @todoist and @twistappteam · Written
    Hugo Fauquenoi made this product
    Using Todoist everyday to get life/work organized, I also use it as to log my goals and keep track of my progress
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    • haabe
      haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrå

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

    • The Todoist app is ruthlessly efficient in helping me capture my tasks no matter when or where I am. Bring collaborators into a project, or a task is a snap. When I'm creating a recurring task, and hopefully a positive habit, or when I am reflecting on my productivity, Todoist works.

  7. Ania W
    Ania WFounder of the Rootd App · Written
    Strava is a great way to track your activity. It's like a mini diary of all the hikes and runs you do in a year. Great for staying on track.
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  8. Ali Usman
    Ali UsmanChanging the way we use the internet · Written
    Ali Usman made this product
    Goals on a paper are just words and cannot be achieved without some research and findings, The best way to save your research and work done on the internet is to put it in a central place which is easy to access and organised :)
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    The Agile You: Daily Planner

    Crush your #1 goal this quarter, in 13 weekly sprints.

    Felix made this product
    I use The Agile You x Notion.so to give me a structure to plan, reflect and execute. But obviously, I'm biased, because I made it. Plan. - I set one goal for a reasonable period of time (I choose 3 months) - Find the major milestones I need to reach, to hit that goal - Then I try and find the Highest impact actions I can take, to get to the next milestone. - Then I get to work on the first one. When I follow this structure, the question "what's the most impactful thing I could be working on right now" is often much easier to answer. Reflect. It's really important for me to consistently reflect and check my progress. So I can decide if i need to change tactics and quickly find out when i'm just tinkering, so I may do something about it. The Agile you gives me a structure to do this In. Execute. I also use Notion.so to maintain a similar structure digitally, and to draft my plans, because it's easier to move things around there. I do this so that by the time a task gets into my prioritised in my backlog for the day, there is no room negotiation with myself. Nothing else can happen until it's done (trust your plan). I almost never reach the end of the list, but by that time the High Impact Tasks are checked.
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    LazyHabit

    Retrain your habits with visualization practice

    Eva Chen
    Eva ChenCreator of LazyHabit · Written
    Eva Chen made this product
    A meta habit app that opens other productivity apps (including some of the apps listed here like Strava and Todoist).
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  11. Similar to the Streaks habit tracking app, I'm loving the Tally app. With a minimal and beautiful interface, it's a joy to use on a daily basis. Tally has a widget, which allows for quick logging. I use it from logging my daily vitamin intake, to exercising, to how much water I've drank, and even how many leg cramps I've had in the past month. I find it easier to use than Streaks because you can choose to set a goal - or not! One thing I hope they'd add soon - is logging the time for each "tally", rather than just displaying the time of the last tally.
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    MyResolutions

    Stay motivated, stay organized and achieve your goals

    Mohammed Manssour
    Mohammed ManssourA Passionate Full Stack developer · Written
    Mohammed Manssour made this product
    MyResolutions is a simple app that lives in your menubar to help you plan your New Year's resolutions and keep your plan. you will never forget about your goals because they are one click away, as long as you have an eye on them you'll stay motivated to achieve them.
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    boxiqq

    Create beautiful and customizable dashboards

    Boxi is an amazing simple tool to keep track of what matters most to you in a minimalistic and easy to set up dashboard.
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    • Ethan
      Ethan👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web

      So cool what Adam is doing, it's such a useful and flexible tool! I started exploring it a few days ago, already I've thought of so many possibilities. Really cool how you can keep track of everything on one beautiful page!! 😍

    • Akshay Kadam(A2K)
      Akshay Kadam(A2K)Maker of all things JavaScript 😘

      Boxiqq gives a complete overview with beautiful dashboards that I can use to track things from one place at a glance. Dashboards can be public or private with lots of themes & completely customizable grid builder. Adam has put ton of efforts over months refining this product & the final result is a beautiful dashboard :)

      I've created a dashboard for myself at https://a2k.boxiqq.co

  14. Michael Antaran
    Michael AntaranPutting life into products. · Written
    CARROT helps me walk a little more each day. Since I started, I have doubled my walking and now its become a habit. I enjoy the games that I can play with the CARROTcoins like Survivor. It has a really cool spin on playing games by using your steps to play games and win prizes. You play games with the currency you earned for walking to win gift cards. Looking forward to picking my "March Madness" brackets. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Auctions! I played during the Superbowl Halftime show and now looking forward to the gift cards that will be "on the auction block" during the Oscars!
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