With many more people choosing to work from home these days, we are all finding out what it means to be your own boss. Freelancers and those who are self-employed are already well versed in managing their own time and being accountable to nobody but themselves. However, for the rest of us, who are used to having a bit more structure in place via our workplace and working schedule, it can feel daunting to have to sort everything out for ourselves.
Luckily, we now have access to the most powerful pocket computer ever invented: the smartphone. Many households also have tablets, laptops and high spec computers available to them too, along with smart watches and other wearable devices. We have all the tech that we need to help us on our journey towards true self sufficiency and accountability. One of the easiest and most effective ways of utilising this technology to better organise our lives is to use habit tracking. Whether you’re aiming to read 25 books this year or complete all your work projects before the weekend, habit trackers can help you to stay focused.
So, let’s take a look at some of the most useful apps out there not just for working from home, but also for giving your life an organisational overhaul through habit tracking.
Keeping on top of our health is one of the most vital yet most easily overlooked habits present in our daily lives. Streaks is a great app for ensuring that you’re drinking enough water, eating your fruit and veg, taking care of your mental health, and getting in some weekly exercise. Regularly completing these actions helps you to keep your health topped up, no matter how busy and chaotic life feels. The interface is simple and can be understood at a glance, so no complicated graphs or actions here, and the app links to Apple Health as well. Unfortunately, it’s not currently available to Android users.
There’s nothing more frustrating than starting a new exercise habit just to let it slide two weeks later when you lose momentum. Using a tracking app like Strava gives you a visible overview of your exercise habits and how far you’re progressing as the days and weeks go by. Checking in regularly and recording the distance that you’ve cycled or run stops you from falling off the wagon and instead gives you a sense of achievement. The social aspect of this app also keeps you accountable whilst creating a sense of community and support amongst you and fellow users.
Although hobbies are usually pursued in leisure time, it’s important to carve out these pockets of time when you have a bit of fun and relax. Whether your hobby is watching Marvel movies, playing games at Pokerstarscasino or powering through audiobooks on Audible, it’s good to make note of how things are going. Tally is an incredibly simple app that records how many days you do a thing and how many times a day you do it. The beauty of it is that you can track absolutely anything using this app, which means that however weird or obscure your hobby, you can use Tally to keep tabs on it.
The Pomodoro time management technique was invented by Francesco Cirillo as recently as the 1980s, but it has helped a lot of people with their productivity levels since then. Downloading a Pomodoro app helps you to divide your time spent on a task into 25 minute segments with small breaks in between. This method has been proven to increase people’s productivity and decrease procrastination. Pomello differs from other time management apps in that it is directly synced to Trello, a collaboration tool used by many businesses to allow teams to work together remotely. If you are one of the many people currently submitting work through Trello, then this could be the perfect addition to ensure that you stick to your deadlines.
The catch-all phrase ‘life admin’ has come to mean anything and everything from paying bills, to planning a morning routine, to writing to-do lists, to figuring out when your next date night will be. None of us enjoy dealing with it; it can be tricky, frustrating, upsetting or just plain boring. Thankfully, there is a way to take this mundane adult activity and make it fun. The Habitica app is inspired by retro RPG video games – you know, like the classic Pokémon or Zelda titles – which makes the whole task feel like an important quest to be completed, rather than just filing your tax return. It’s a great way to get the most boring items ticked off your to-do list, all whilst earning rewards, acquiring items and contributing to your team’s progress.