7 Best Goal Tracker Apps for 2020

Use these apps to set goals and track your progress

If you struggle with maintaining the self-discipline to stick to your goals, a goal-setting app might help. Download a free goal tracking app to stay accountable and on track with your habits almost anywhere you go. Here are a few worth trying out.

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Best for Tracking Anything You Want, Any Way You Want: Strides

Three screens from Strides app in iOS
What We Like
  • Completely flexible interface with four unique tracker types.

  • Handy dashboard to see everything at a glance.

What We Don't Like
  • A bit overwhelming for beginners.

  • Not available for Android.

  • May not be ideal for those seeking a simple app.

Strides is one of the most powerful and easy-to-use goal settings apps out there. You can set up reminders, so you never forget to maintain those daily habits that lead to bigger achievements. Simply choose a goal (or use a suggested one given by the app), set a target by inputting a goal value or a certain date, and then specify the action you need to do to turn it into a habit.

The Strides app lets you track by day, week, month, year, or on a rolling average. Your data is synced to your account, so you always see your latest stats, whether you access it from the web, a mobile device, or anywhere else.

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Best for Tracking Both Good and Bad Habits: Way of Life

Three Way of Life iOS screens
What We Like
  • Track both good habits and bad habits.

  • Simple and intuitive interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Upgrade to a premium app to track more than three habits.

  • Tracking unlimited habits may cause you to set unattainable goals.

If you love to look at charts and graphs of your progress, you'll love Way of Life. Pick a goal action and tell the app whether the action is good or bad for you (like eating healthy = good, whereas smoking = bad).

You get daily reminders to input what you did or didn't do toward reaching your goals. Over time, there's enough data to show you chains, bar charts with trend lines, pie charts, and all sorts of other nifty details.

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Best Virtual Coach for Creating Good Habits: Coach.me

Three Coach.me iOS screens
What We Like
  • Simple and easy to use.

  • Hire a real coach for an affordable price.

What We Don't Like
  • Lack of community engagement and activity.

  • Not necessarily ideal for fitness coaches.

Coach.me claims to be the leading habit tracking app. It offers personalized coaching and leadership coaching as part of its services, in addition to its free mobile app.

The user interface is slick and beautiful to use. Simply select a goal, track your progress, earn rewards for sticking with it, and take advantage of the community aspect by getting involved and asking questions. If you end up loving it, you can hire a real coach for as little as $15.

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Best for Keeping Track of the Time You Spend on Your Goals: ATracker

Three ATracker iOS screens, showing task list, calendar, and pie chart
What We Like
  • Start and stop tracking tasks with a single tap.

  • Great customization with themes and colors.

What We Don't Like
  • Restricts the number of tasks in the free version.

  • The premium version for iOS is almost twice the cost of the premium version for Android.

ATracker offers more insights into how you spend your time. For repetitive routines like getting ready in the morning, commuting, answering emails, studying, watching TV, spending time online, and other routine tasks, it can help you manage it all so that you don't go overboard on the wrong things.

Once you start tracking your time for your daily habits, you'll see a nice breakdown of it all in a pie chart. You can also get a bigger picture look by looking at your breakdown over the past week, past month, or other preset range.

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Best App for Gamifying Your Life: Habitica

Daily quests, gaining a level, and the market in Habitica.
What We Like
  • Fight monsters and go on quests.

  • A progression and reward system for completing goals.

What We Don't Like
  • Some bugs.

  • Pricey monthly subscription.

If you're a fan of video games and want to set real-world goals, you might enjoy Habitica. It's a goal-setting app that seeks to gamify your life. It offers in-game rewards and punishments as a form of motivation, along with a social network for inspiration and support.

As you check off tasks, you level up your avatar and earn things like battle armor, pets, magic skills, and more. Then, battle monsters with other Habiticans and use the gold you earn to buy more rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show.

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Most Flexible Goal-Setting App: Toodledo

A person's daily habit log in the Toodledo app.
What We Like
  • A variety of organizational features.

  • Audible pop-up alarms.

  • Syncing between devices.

  • Customizable widgets.

What We Don't Like
  • Some features reportedly not working properly in the Android version.

Toodledo is an app with flexibility. It offers to-do lists, the ability to write long notes, make custom lists, create structured outlines, track your habits, and more. You can collaborate with friends, family, and co-workers. You can also sync everything in the cloud.

The app offers a variety of organizational options, like folders, tags, a hotlist, and search filters. Or you can ignore all the bells and whistles and keep things simple.

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Best Simplistic Goal-Setting App: Lifetick

A high school journal in Lifetick.
What We Like
  • Journaling.

  • Progress charts.

  • Intuitive software.

What We Don't Like
  • No mobile apps.

Lifetick promises an intuitive process that makes setting goals simple. Establish your core values in life, then achieve your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method. You can write in a journal, track various aspects of your life, chart your progress, and more.

Unlike other entries on this list, Lifetick doesn't have mobile apps. It also has three subscription plans: Free, Individual ($5/month), and Team ($10/month).