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How do you keep your life balanced? You might use an app to track self-improvement items or maybe even by writing these items in your journal. The items I am referring to are typically not found on a GTD (Getting Things Done) list, but rather these are items which build yourself up daily. While I do not manage to complete all of the items on my list daily, I enjoy reflecting on this list and changing it as my desires and life goals change.

Many people reflect on self-improvement items at the turn of the New Year. The ongoing change forces reflection on the past and the future but the ability to re-focus and reflect might get lost in the daily hustle. Daily items can include something as simple as exercise, but if we really become honest with ourselves, there might special and private goals which might bring happiness everyday as we work toward them. I think becoming a better person is innate inside each one of us but the desire might get pushed under the daily stress. This is where Balanced proves its’ usefulness, because it offers gentle reminders to work on yourself throughout the day. (more…)

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re close to throwing in the towel, it might be worth taking a look at why the resolution is close to failing. Is it reasonable? Is it actually what you wanted or is it an inspiration from others? Is it trackable? While the first two questions need to be answered and reflected upon by you, I might have a solution to the trackable item.

A lot of self-help articles concur that tracking progress can be a better way to reach a successful habit. Checking an item off a list can provide enough support to keep going on the hard days. Also, seeing a non-completed item for enough days in a row might provide enough motivation to get back into the habit. Most articles might suggest keeping an Excel worksheet in order to track everything. While I see the benefit of using Excel, there is something better that is always available, which is my iPhone and Habit List. (more…)

When you want to make a change in your life, it can be hard to know where to start. Even once you’re on the right path, it’s easy to let go of your goals and fall into the same bad habits.

The developers of Lift, a new goal-tracking app, want to make it a little easier to switch to those good habits and keep them for the long term. With props from fellow users and handy tracking features, Lift may help you actually complete your goals and keep you on target for the long haul. (more…)