Maintaining good habits is harder than ever, even for the most disciplined students. With the internet and its unlimited sea of distractions, staying organized can feel like a full-time job.
Habits can create a foundation for how we live our lives. But sometimes we need a little help breaking free of bad habits, and fostering good ones.
In this article, we’re sharing the best habit tracking apps to help you find one that works for you.
A comprehensive and versatile productivity and organization app with unparalleled functionality
Free; Optional subscription
Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Web Browser
Notion has been at the forefront of productivity software for years now, offering a robust and expandable app.
Notion operates much like a binder of documents. You can create habit-tracking pages, task lists, quick notes, journals, recipe lists, and much more. And Notion can be modified to meet the personal needs of the user to a large degree.
The main drawback with Notion is that it requires a learning curve to get the most out of it. If you’re looking for a minimalist habit-tracking app, then Notion may not be for you. However, if you want a comprehensive suite of productivity tools at your deposal, it’s certainly worth considering.
A minimalistic habit-tracking app focused on consistent chains of activities.
Free; Premium option available for $5.99 – no subscription
Consistency is key when it comes to building habits, which is why HabitHub finds itself at the top of our list. HabitHub uses tracking chains to help you stay consistent.
It is best suited for daily habits, such as writing a journal every morning, going for a run, or doing 30 minutes of homework every day.
HabitHub provides you with a skip feature, so it’s ok to miss a day if you’re sick or busy, and won’t meet your daily goal. The free version includes most of the app’s features, while premium comes with add-ons that don’t improve the core functionality.
Way of Life
A simple, effective, and practical way to track your habits. A unique scoreboard feature offers feedback as you make progress.
Free; Premium option $4.99, no subscription
Way of Life offers a simple and clean user interface that makes building healthy habits a breeze. It requires almost no time to get started and is a great way to begin tracking your habits.
The app provides many of the features we’ve come to expect from the top habit-tracking apps, including streaks, reminder notifications, and progress data.
Way of Life provides you with a unique scoreboard feature, which allows you to check weekly and monthly reports that help you gauge your progress.
A habit-tracking app you can set up to charge you money if you fall off-track
Free; Premium subscriptions are $8-$32 monthly
Android, iOS, Web Browser
Not everyone has success with habit-tracking apps and need more accountability. Beeminder takes habit-tracking to another level by forcing you to pay (yes, really) when you miss a day and break a streak.
Beeminder can be used on its own, and it has all of the typical habit-tracking features you’d expect. But it also integrates with a wide range of external apps, helping you to track your progress across a wide range of activities.
For example, you can use Beeminder with DuoLingo, Trello, Gmail, EPSON, Zapier, Slack, and Draft, just to name a few. The core features are free, with a few add-ons locked behind a subscription.
A minimalistic app that combines both to-do list and habit-tracking functionality
Free; Premium option is $2.80 monthly
Android, iOS, Web Browser, MacOS, Windows
There is something to be said for having everything in one place, which is exactly where TickTick excels in the habit-tracking world. The app combines both a to-do list, similar to the popular Todoist app, and a range of habit-tracking features.
TickTick has less features than other apps on this list, as it focuses more on the to-do list. But if you’re a fan of using to-do lists, it might be the best app of the bunch.
Well-designed habit-tracking app with plenty of customization options
Free; Premium subscription is $1.99 monthly
If you’re the type of person who wants their apps to look gorgeous, then Today is the habit-tracking app for you. It combines a beautiful interface with a feature set that will serve all of your habit-tracking needs.
Today lets you customize the background images for your habits, allowing you to give every habit a unique and custom feel. Today also provides you with “Custom Cards”, which can be attached to habits, allowing you to add important information with the flick of a finger.
A feature-rich habit-tracker with a clean UI, media-rich design
There is something to be said about the power of collaboration. Working alongside others, and motivating each other, is great for personal development. The creators behind SnapHabit know this and have created a habit-tracking app focused on individual and group tracking.
You are free to track your daily, weekly, or monthly habits, but SnapHabit shines when used with a group. The app lets you see how your friends are progressing, including their streaks, so you can work together to achieve your goals.
SnapHabit lacks some in-depth features contained in other apps, but as a free app with group habit-tracking capability, it’s worth considering.
There are many things students can do to build and maintain good habits. If you are already using apps for budgeting or to keep track of your investments, you may find success with a habit-tracker app. If you’re unsure, I recommend that you try out an app’s free version first to see if it’s a good fit.