Walter Somerville
Walter SomervilleSr. Interaction Designer, Walmart Labs

What apps or tools are you using to support your New Years resolutions?

I've been making a point to get more organized, and have found a combination of Airtable, Bear, and Things 3 to work just about perfectly. More specifically, I've wanted to learn game development for a while, so I finally jumped on a few courses on Udemy. The tutorials are fantastic, but I've also been really surprised by how well thought out the Udemy platform is, lots of great touches that make learning and interacting with the instructor/community so much easier. What apps or tools are you using to achieve and maintain your New Years resolutions?
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    Organize anything, together

    Saalik Lokhandwala
    Saalik LokhandwalaProduct Manager, Maker ยท Written
    I use a Trello board to keep track of my resolutions. In fact, I have "Dream Board" which I update every year to check on how I've done, adding my new resolutions. It's cool to see what I've accomplished with it too.
    • Nick Allen
      Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

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    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      If you aren't an organized person Trello allows for easy to see visuals that help keep projects on track. The team at Curexe has specifically used it to organize our bugs, new features, staging and production stages of our development.

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  2. 28

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Patrick Schรผller
    Patrick Schรผller7Marketing/SEO @Zenkit ยท Written
    Zenkit is a project management app that offers many different views on your data like the mind-map view, kanban board, spreadsheet, list, and calendar. It is also great for personal goal setting. You can, for example, measure your daily or weekly tasks in a kanban-board or check them off in a task-list. Disclaimer: I work at Zenkit.
    • 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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  3. 28
    Habit List

    Manage habits w/ a clean interface showing streaks & trends

    Aleksandra5Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls ยท Written
    I put my resolutions into the Habit List and it really helps me to keep track of how I'm keeping to them (daily, weekly, monthly analytics). The limitation is that you can add mostly actionable items like 'go for a run', ' do morning meditation' or 'reading 100 pages a day'. It does not help to track resolutions like 'improve emotional well-being', 'improve relationships', etc.
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    Make a pledge. Create a habit.

    JamieFiguring out what to design next ยท Written
    Jamie made this product
    We developed this a few years ago, always see a lift in usage during the new year for those new year resolutions :) There's a lot of to-do type apps out there. We wanted to focus on more time-based activities.
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    Put down your phone and stay focused. Or a tree will die. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ต

    Diego Jimenez
    Diego Jimenez3Principal Product Designer @LonelyPlanet ยท Edited
    Forest has been one of my favorite discoveries lately. It helps you focus your attention, on both your phone and your computer, for a given period of time. On top of that, the more you use it, the more money they donate to plant real trees, which is great.
    • Daniel Kiedrowski
      Daniel KiedrowskiCode Ninja | Game Developer | AI Wizard

      This is amazing so for. It really keeps me going on my task t hand and let me leave my phone totally alone. The idea of growing something (for yourself) because of focussed time, is beautifully illustrated and simply a truth.

      I worked 6 hours yesterday, doing 25 minute chunks with 5-10 minutes of breaks in between. It really helped me to get something profound done.

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    • (I am using Android 8.0)hi I found a hack in this app that I can use YouTube and playstore for hours but still the plant is intact and the app is running in background still I love the app and I make my 10 friend's to download the app

      Can you please add animals in theย  forest and if we need to give the animals food we have to Winn the challenge.

      If weย  don't give the animals food it will die

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  6. 7
    Google Calendar

    Spend less time managing your day, now on iOS

    Sutrishna Saha
    Sutrishna SahaDigital Marketing Manager ยท Written
    This is superb to manage your daily meetings and to be on time You can't miss any deadlines.
    Laura Roeder
    Laura RoederFounder, MeetEdgar & Ropig ยท Written
    TIME BLOCKING is everything! So this is my most important tool for making my resolutions happen.
    • I use Google Calendar to schedule my day and to plan all the events and meetings. There is one great option for - Google Calendar integration with TMetric, this allows me to track time spent on various activities

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    • Theo Osborn
      Theo OsbornTechnology enthusiast.

      Holding out until the end of the year when the new desktop design should be appearing

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  7. Joanna Pedrina
    Joanna PedrinaAtlas User Ops, Stripe ยท Written
    Meditating daily is both one of my goals this year and something that helps me get around to every other goal with a lot more focus and calm.
    Dima Afonin
    Dima AfoninFounder at Outmarketing ยท Written
    Also use this app on a daily basis. It's very well made and motivates me to stay on track.
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    Nifty Project Management

    All-in-One Project Management Workspace.

    Shiv Kapoor
    Shiv KapoorFounder & CEO, Nifty ยท Written
    Shiv Kapoor made this product
    With Nifty, all over the place becomes all-in-one place. Every part of your project lifecycle is here! ๐Ÿ™Œ
    • Felix Molina
      Felix MolinaCEO, City Scout

      I really want to like this PM and possibly leave Flow, but how do you justify $79/month when it's beyond limited. No iOS app, no Mac app, no duplicating tasks, etc., I understand it's BETA, but how does someone justify the price for such a limited tool?

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    • Seรกn Marsh โœŒ๏ธ
      Seรกn Marsh โœŒ๏ธEthical Business Designer

      Really wanted to love this as the functionality would meet a bunch of my needs, but the execution just doesn't match the expectation set by the branding.

      Setting styles in the Doc feature is just plain busted. Closing edited docs doesn't always save, with no button to force a save, therefore creating confusion.

      The bottom nav layout is awesome, because it's got all things within easy reach - granular tasks, high level overview and all the rest.

      Overall, underwhelmed by this and kinda sad it didn't meet the needs I thought it would.

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  9. 4

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Joanna Pedrina
    Joanna PedrinaAtlas User Ops, Stripe ยท Written
    A lot of people like Trello over Todoist. But I like a simple to do list by day, with tasks I can easily reprioritize and reschedule, and tags by topic so I can look different areas of my life separately. This tool really does the trick for me.
    Nora Conrad
    Nora ConradOwner of ยท Written
    I have each goal as a project and then tasks to get me to that goal all scheduled out in ToDoist. It's been huge for getting sh*t done.
    • haabe
      haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrรฅ

      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.

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    • 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.

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    Go Fucking Work

    Website blocker so you can get back to your fucking work

    Nico Bistolfi
    Nico BistolfiFounder at @piiojs ยท Written
    This is just the best chrome plugin to focus on work and keep the procrastination away... It also remembers you that you're not a Kardashian, so that's also something important.
  11. Dima Afonin
    Dima AfoninFounder at Outmarketing ยท Written
    A simple app to track all of my reoccurring tasks. Feel satisfied as I check all those boxes daily.
    Walter Somerville
    Walter SomervilleSr. Interaction Designer, Walmart Labs ยท Written
    Out of the myriad of todo apps I've tried, this one has really stuck with me. Doesn't hurt that its absolutely gorgeous.
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    Fabulous for iOS

    Reset your habits and rewire your brain

    Fabulous is awesome! Unlike other apps which takes advantage of psychological quirks to advertise more effectively, Fabulous uses behavioral research coming out of Dan Ariely's lab at Duke University to help you improve yourself!
    • Arman Nobari
      Arman NobariDesigner, artist, humanitarian.

      I appreciate what Fabulous is trying to do, and I think this direction is actually really interesting. However, bundling "you agree to our TOS by continuing" with the CTA for setting a wake-up time, or using weirdly-worded false choice options ("Yes I want to succeed" for enabling notifications) inherently makes me distrust the intentions and motivations of the app. It feels psychologically manipulative in an opaque way, whereas something like this should - in my opinion - edge towards transparency.

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    • Kevin Chu
      Kevin Chutech lover and marketer

      Have been using this for a bit now, and it's been terrific in helping me stay focused and relaxed. I love the guided sessions called "make me fabulous!"

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  13. 2
    Instant 5.0

    Personal analytics, now with a new dashboard & goals

    Shashwat Pradhan
    Shashwat PradhanCEO/Founder @emberify ยท Written
    Shashwat Pradhan made this product
    Try Instant to set goals and automatically measure your smartphone addiction, steps and sleep.
  14. 2

    The to-do list that helps you form good habits.

    Daniel Heitz
    Daniel HeitzMaking GitHub tools ยท Written
    Simple and easy tracking, all the rest is managed in Bear notes
    Wouter Landuydt
    Wouter LanduydtDevine student ยท Written
    It's the simplest way to build habits.
  15. Jacob Handley
    Jacob HandleyFounder - MentorConnect ยท Written
    Worlds first mentorship network..
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    Time 2

    Stay focused and crush procrastination

    Shaan Singh
    Shaan SinghBlue Cocoa, Harvard. ยท Written
    Shaan Singh made this product
    Time 2 will help you stop procrastinating and start getting work done with less stress! It uses psychology and visual cues to keep you focused. It's a distraction killer in your pocket.
    • Brent Heeringa
      Brent HeeringaFounder @ Valt, CS Prof @ Williams

      I wish there were a few more options for organizing completed items or moving items around. For example, I accidentally left an item running on Thursday last week and incorrectly cancelled it today when I meant for it to be complete. I can't now record it as complete for Dec 7.

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    • Can't be used on Android. That's a no-go.

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  17. 1
    Strongr Fastr

    Smart meal and training plans that work together

    Mary Weidner
    Mary WeidnerStrongr Fastr ยท Written
    Mary Weidner made this product
    It breaks down what you need to do to accomplish your fitness goals day-by-day. Each week you get a meal plan and a training plan, while still being able to customize things if you want to.
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  19. Alexandra Cote
    Alexandra CoteDigital Marketer ยท Written
    If you're a freelancer who's main goal is to increase your productivity or if you want to keep track of your resolutions. Create a Kanban board just for your New Years resolutions.
  20. 1
    Boss as a Service

    Making sure you achieve your goals by giving you a boss

    Manasvini Krishna made this product
    A boss to get on your case if you start slacking! Boss as a Service helps you achieve your goals by monitoring your progress towards them, and if you're slacking or falling behind, follows up till you finish your todos.
    • Legitimately life changing. I'm sure it's not for everyone, and it seems really silly, but rather than procrastinate and say "oh I'll just finish this tomorrow" I know I'm going to have to come up with an excuse for "my boss". That excuse is often more work than just doing the task so the end result is I get more done. Been using it for about a month and it's probably been one of the most productive months of my entire life.

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    • Micah Resnick
      Micah ResnickI'm a test automation engineer

      It's nice to know this service is available if I ever need a productivity boost again in the future.

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