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We all have goals we want to accomplish, but reaching our goals is often easier said than done. Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker once said: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Therefore, it is not enough to just set goals; instead we need to track our progress towards reaching those goals. Tracking that progress requires paying close attention to whether our habits, both good and bad, help or a hinder.

A great tool I recently discovered is a mobile app specifically designed to monitor goals and habits.  Meet HabitBull. This free program can help you build good habits and break bad habits. HabitBull is available for both Apple and Android cell phones, and also runs on tablets. Setting up an account is very easy, simply register using your email address or Facebook account. You even have the option of using the program without registering for an account at all. How cool is that?

There are two types of habits you can track using HabitBull – yes/no habits and number habits. Yes/no habits record whether you succeeded or failed (ex. Went to the gym today?). Number habits record the frequency of occurrence (ex. Number of cold calls made today?). HabitBull allows you to track simple or complex habits so you can check-in daily or weekly. It’s nice to know you can even customize a week to include specific days (ex. Monday and Wednesday only). My favorite feature is the ability to set up a customized notification, with or without sound, to remind you to record your progress for each habit.

To make the program available for free, you will notice that you are limited to only 5 habits. Personally, I’ve found that tracking 5 habits is more than enough. However, if you do want to track more habits, you can upgrade to HabitBull Premium for a one-time fee of $4.99. The premium version allows for up to 100 habits, and also provides cloud backup and multi-device syncing.

For those folks that like to be part of a community, you can join the HabitBull community. You can discuss habit tracking with like-minded people in the discussion forums.

Recalling how Ben Franklin took the time each night to record in a book his progress on attaining his goals… I cannot help but think how much he would have loved using HabitBull. Of course, the big question is if Ben was alive today what kind of cell phone would he prefer? An iPhone or a Droid? Luckily, you can use either device to access this really cool habit tracker.

By Gillian Whitney

Communications Consultant