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The Best Motivation Apps of the Year

 

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people looking for some helpful motivation. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Whether you’re striving for professional or personal success — or anything in between — being proactive and focused is essential. But even if you know which path to take, committing yourself to goals can be challenging.

Staying motivated is key to accomplishing anything — but how do you motivate yourself when you’re overwhelmed or surrounded by negativity and distractions?

Keeping your spirits high and staying motivated can be an uphill battle, especially when there's negativity and stress. Understand that help is available. Whether you’re looking for inspirational quotes, motivational videos, or everyday reminders, there are plenty of apps to help you become a better version of yourself.

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ThinkUp

ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations

ThinkUp

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Achieving success requires a clear action plan and the ability to sidestep negative thoughts. If you learn how to coach yourself and develop a more positive mindset, you can become the person you want to be. ThinkUp helps you get to this place. You’ll find affirmations related to different areas of life including your career, fitness, weight loss, and relationships. Personalize your affirmations or connect with a community of users and share your recommendations for staying uplifted.

Fabulous

Fabulous: Motivate Me! Relax, Meditate, Sleep

Fabulous

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Developing healthier habits is easier said than done. You might set a goal to lose weight, sleep better, or become more physically active — yet the stresses of life can throw you off course. This app is excellent for motivation and reaching health goals because it keeps you accountable to your actions. You’ll benefit from integrated coaching and personalized advice for your own goals. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to reset your habits — the key to hitting your goals!

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Motivate

Motivate: Daily Motivation

Motivate

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Being held accountable for your actions and having a mentor can unlock your potential. Motivate is the perfect app if you need guidance from someone with experience. The app curates videos from the best mentors, and then delivers these videos to you on a daily basis. And the videos you get aren’t one-size-fits-all — they pertain to your unique situation and goals. There's also a feature that lets you save your favorite videos, so you can watch them whenever you need a motivational boost.

FitQuote

Fitness Motivation — FitQuote

FitQuote

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Even if you know being active can help you lose a few pounds, finding the time and desire to work out is a challenge. This simple app can help with that. Each day you'll receive powerful motivational quotes related to fitness and everyday life. FitQuote is not only a great reminder to work out, the quotes may inspire you to continue on your fitness journey long term.

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Wonderful Day

Wonderful Day

Wonderful Day

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $0.99

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $1.99

Seeing progress to your end goal can be incredibly motivating when you’re struggling to stay on track. This app lets you record and track goals daily, or over a period of time. By charting, you can see whether you’re close to hitting targets or behind schedule. List your activities or goals, and then check off items once they’re completed. You’ll receive daily reminders related to your goals, and there's no limit on the number of activities or goals added to the chart — so add anything, big or small, that you’re working toward!

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Forest

Forest

Forest

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: $1.99

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

If your phone is a major distraction that prevents studying, working, or completing other activities, this app can help you overcome that addiction. Opening the app plants a seed in a forest, which gradually grows throughout the day. The objective is for your seed to grow into a fully-grown tree, but this will only happen if you stay on the app. If you leave the app to check mail or social media, your tree withers and dies. But if you can keep Forest open, you’ll see a thriving tree and feel a major sense of accomplishment. If you need a simple tool to keep you focused, Forest is excellent for managing time, whether you’re working, studying for school, or just trying to be more present in life.

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Way of Life

Way of Life!

Way of Life

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

In a nutshell: This app can help you set priorities and maintain focus. There's a feature that lets you track patterns, so you can see how well you're improving. And you’ll also find tools to help you develop new habits. Set daily reminders for activities you want to focus on, archive completed goals, or celebrate your progress with your social media network.

iWish

iWish — Life Goals, Wishlist, Bucket List

iWish

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Have a million things on your bucket list but nowhere to organize them? Problem solved. This app helps you not only keep track of your bucket list items, it also helps you discover activities that might be of interest. Then, it comes up with a plan for you to check them off. Use iWish for any goal, such as those related to wellness, relationships, career, finances, lifestyle, or sports. You’ll find visualization tools and inspirational quotes. Plus, there’s an option to set daily reminders, so you don’t forget what you’re working toward!

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Strides

Strides Habit Tracker

Strides

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Use this app to track any and every goal. Maybe you're looking to save $3,000 for a fun vacation. Or maybe you want to become more physically fit and walk 10,000 steps a day. Whatever your goal — pick an activity, enter a value or date, and start working toward your goal! Strides tracks your milestones, charts your progress, and sends reminders to keep you accountable.

Success

Success – Daily Life Planner & Goal Setting Coach

Success

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

This life coaching app helps you take control of your life. Do you have career goals? If so, use the app to develop a personal roadmap to success and gain clarity. You’ll also find various tools for staying focused on your personal journey. These include daily reminders and awareness coaching, plus a feature that identifies areas where you might need to improve in.

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