Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year where most of us are thinking through how we want the next year of our lives to look. Maybe you’ve set some resolutions or even gone further and created some goals that you want to accomplish this year. If so, you’re probably looking for tools and apps to help you stick to those goals and we’ve got you covered here!
Here are the best apps that you’ll want to use if you’ve set any goals for 2019:
1. Productive - Habit Tracking
First up is a pretty awesome habit tracking app called Productive. It allows you to track your habit goals like drinking water, meditating, working, etc. It shows your streaks and will even send you reminders if you want. It’s got a beautiful and simple interface. If you set any habit goals, make sure to snag this one. Download here.
2. Strides - Goal & Habit Tracking
If you’re looking for a more robust goal tracking app, Strides is pretty neat. It lets you track habits but also tracks your progress on other goals like paying down debt. It has more options than Productive, so if you’re looking for something to include all your goals, definitely check it out and download it here.
3. SPAR! Challenge Your Friends To Stay on Track with Their Goals
We mentioned this app in last week’s newsletter but it’s worth mentioning again. If you are the type of person who needs extract motivation to stay on track with your goals, why not bet on it with your friends? Each friend puts money in the “pot” and then you check in each day you complete your habit. If you miss a habit, you pay a penalty fee. And the winner takes all. Download it here.
4. 1 Giant Mind teaches you how to meditate
My favorite meditation app by far. If you have a habit goal for meditation, this is perfect. This one is simple, clean, and the best partially guided meditation I’ve had. You will be guided in and out but will have silent meditation for part of it. Plus, they have fun 12-30 day challenges which are great for making a habit. Download 1 Giant Mind here.
5. 7 Minute Workout
I use this workout app and it’s awesome if you’ve created a goal to workout regularly but struggle to find the time. It’s pretty basic but gives you the workouts. And its just 7 minutes. But believe me, these are tough workouts and you’ll definitely be sweating by the end. Download it here.
6. Plant Nanny Helps You Drink More Water
If you’re wanting to make a habit of drinking more water, this app is not only helpful but also cute. You basically pick a “plant” and have to water it each day by tracking how much water you’re drinking. If you don’t want it, it will wilt and eventually die. It makes a game out of staying hydrated and really works! Download it here.
7. Libby Lets You Rent Books from the Library
Are you trying to read more books this year? If you love reading books on your phone or listening to audiobooks, then Libby is a must. Simply connect to your local library with your library card and immediately begin checking out books and audiobooks straight from your phone. Download it here.
8. Audible for Listening to Books
Another amazing (and pretty obvious) app for increasing how many books you read is Audible. I personally love it. You can speed up the books to listen to more in less time and it helps you make it a habit since you get a new book credit each month. Download it here.
9. DayOne Makes Journaling Easy and Searchable
May you want to be more intentional about journaling each day, tracking your life and emotions or just want to keep track of memories. DayOne is great for this because it syncs on all your devices and lets you search your journal entries. Download it here.
10. Full Focus Planner Helps You Create Goals And Stick to Them
Last, but not least, isn’t actually an app but it’s amazing for helping stay on track with your goals and dive deeper into them. Not only will you create goals for the year, but you’ll be able to figure out why these goals are important to and your next steps. Then you’ll be to focus on those goals each day. You can check it out here.
So my brother-in-law had one of these over Christmas and I thought it was pretty awesome. I got to play with it a little bit and am hoping to get one of my own soon. It’s a pocket-sized gimbal that shoots 4K footage and it even will attach to your phone. I can’t say for sure how much I like it since I still haven’t gotten one, but I thought for those of you who are into videography, you might find it cool. You can check more out about it here.
The Magnet app for your Mac will automatically resize your windows for you depending on where you want them placed. This is awesome if you usually have lots of windows open that you’d like to see at once. For those of us that like the screen split into halves, this is the next level. Check it out here.
I’m Hiring! Do you know someone who could be my new assistant?
Well, this is bittersweet. My sister-in-law and executive assistant, Marissa, has been offered a full-time job and will be leaving me in January. I’m thrilled for her and have been so grateful for our time working together. So now I’m looking for a new assistant. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming my executive assistant visit the link below and please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter.
last week’s facebook live: The Best Apps to Help You Accomplish Your New Years Goals
Did you set new goals and resolutions for 2019? If so, you’ll want to make sure to watch last week’s episode of The Digital Sanity Show because I share the best apps you can use to make sure you accomplish your goals (and there’s more than what’s in this newsletter!). Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one if you’re looking to crush this year!
Latest Phishing Scam Looks Like It’s Coming From Apple
Heads up here! If you get a call from what appears to be Apple, be aware that it may be a phishing scam. The contact card will look exactly like the Apple Inc. contact card on your iPhone. But it’s most likely not them. They may try to get your personal info, but please do not give it to them! Remember, Apple never cold calls. If you happy to receive a phone call, hang up immediately and report it to Apple. You can learn more about reporting phishing here.
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Friday I had a session with someone who didn’t know about Shared Albums in iCloud. This is my far my favorite way to share photos among Apple users, even if they don’t have a Mac.
When celebrating with both sides of the family, I created a shared album for all of us to upload our photos to. It’s way easier and more fun than using Dropbox or some of the other things a lot of people use on vacations with friends and family. In fact, we do this for every major event and we all love it!
Join me on Wednesday, January 9th at 8 PM Central to learn all about it!