A new year is right around the corner, and it’s time to close the book on another year gone by. But the good news is that we get a fresh start in 2022, with goal setting being a huge part of embracing a new start with hope and positivity for what is to come.

It’s understandable that setting goals may seem like pie in the sky to you, especially if you have set New Year’s resolutions year after year just for them to fizzle out after January ends.

But worry not because it’s never too late to rethink the way you create goals and take the right approach to make your resolutions come to fruition. And there is an abundance of apps out there that can help you make sure your goals don’t go out the window.

No matter what you’re aiming for in your personal or professional life in 2022, the following tools can help you track your goals every day and make them feel more real and less like an abstract, unachievable concept.

1- Way of Life

“Changing habits is hard work. Having the right tool is half the battle.” — This is what the team behind the Way of Life app believes in. They describe their solution as “a beautiful, intuitive habit tracker that motivates you to build a better, stronger, and healthier you.”

Recommended by publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, and The Guardian, the app’s color-coded system helps users track their routines every day in an efficient way.

The platform comes with “powerful reminders that will keep you on track until good habits are formed or bad habits broken.” Its diary function allows you to quickly jot down what triggered a bad habit.

Way of Life also paints the bigger picture for you, enabling you to spot positive and negative trends ranging over weeks, months, or even years.

2- Strides

Strides is a goal setting and tracking app that allows you to set up your goals and habits how you want and view them all in one neatly organized progress report.

Using the app, you can set any goal with a simple process or get started with a “popular” tracker template. The app helps you stay motivated with the help of progress bars with an on-track pace system, streaks, success rates, calendars, line charts, and lots more.

Strides also allows users to filter by area of life with Tags, or focus on what needs logging now with the Daily Goals feature.

“My absolute favorite productivity app ever… I track everything here. Simple interface, easy to use, clean, and the developers are super responsive to suggestions,” reads one of the reviews.

3- Coach.me

In its own words, Coach.me is “a home for ambitious people” and “a coach that goes everywhere with you, helping you achieve any goal, form any habit, or build any expertise.”

Developed based on the principle that “you can’t improve what you don’t measure”, the app helps you check off every day you do your habit and track your progress, set targets and reminders for how many times you want to do your habit each week to hold yourself responsible, and celebrate reaching milestones.

Coach.me also offers the option to add in community support and private coaching for the ultimate support system for your goals.

The platforms enables those interested in coaching to build a successful coaching practice, providing them with the necessary tools and training.

4- ATracker

ATracker is a daily task and time tracking app that is “very easy to use and requires minimal setup”. On the main screen, the app shows the complete task list that the user has defined as well as the overview of the time spent on each task and the progress made on each goal on the present day. Users can start or stop time recording simply by tapping a task.

The app creates reports in different formats, which the user can share via different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and email. The data can also be exported in CSV format.

“It lets you combine work and leisure activities, produces some eye-catching reports on how you’re spending your time, and is very easy to pick up as well. You can get started from scratch in just a few minutes,” Gizmodo once wrote about the app.

5- GoalsOnTrack

GoalsOnTrack is a goal setting and goal management software “for high achievers” that helps you “achieve more by doing less” through building action plans and taking focused action.

It enables users to set goals, break down long-term goals into milestones or sub-goals, and organize them. The team behind the solution says its flexible and accurate progress tracking supports both personal and business goals.

One of the features embedded in GoalsOnTrack is a vision board tool that allows you to upload your pictures and music to create an animated slide show for your visualization practice, which is “very helpful for reaching your goals”.

The app also enables users to keep a journal for their goals. Using the built-in journal tool, they can organize their journal by different goals and calendar months.   

6- Habitica

Habitica is a habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. It comes with in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you to achieve your goals.

“Input your habits, your daily goals, and your to-do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests! Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom awards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show,” says the Habitica team.

The app has over 4 million users who seem to be having fun while accomplishing their goals.

7- Joe’s Goals

Joe’s Goals is a “simple yet powerful tool” that promises to save you the hassle of tracking your goals. Using its simple single page interface, you can set up daily goals and track them with just a click.

Despite the platform being super simple, it was once voted as the top goal tracking solution by Lifehacker readers.

The popularity of Joe’s Goals shows that goal setting and tracking can be an easy endeavor. But as American entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn would say, “What’s simple to do is also simple not to do.”

Here’s hoping that these tools can help you get started, set effective goals, keep moving, and achieve your desired success in all areas of your life in 2022.