From the Desk of Monica Simmons, Learning Resource and Technology System Specialist
It’s that time of year again. The beginning of a new year often signifies a new start. We all have good intentions of spending less, eating less, exercising more and enjoying life more but oftentimes we need some help and motivation along the way.
Here are some apps that may just help you succeed.
Many of us have the same resolution year after year; we want to eat healthier and exercise more. Adopting healthy eating and exercise habits can be a challenge, but Fooducate takes a high tech approach to making the wellness journey easy. It allows you to scan and find healthier food items and can even track your progress along the way. Simply scan a product barcode to learn the good, the bad and the ugly about a food before you eat it, along with some healthy alternatives. You can share recipes, ask questions and have your own “support group” for those days when you really feel like giving up. Fooducate is free so there is no reason to not utilize it.
Many people may feel that a new year is a time to slow down on their drinking. Keeping tabs on your drinking just got easier with a slew of apps on the market, however, the challenge is whether you’ll remember to input them after knocking back that third vodka soda. AlcoDroid for Android helps users make informed decisions about what they’re drinking. It also tracks your libations and can even tally up how much you’ve spent at the end of a night. Drink Control for iOS offers an easy to use interface that tracks drinks and spending. The app costs $4.99, which is less than the cost of a pint at most watering holes.
Knowing where your money is going each month can be an eye-opening experience, but a necessary one for making better budget decisions, enter Mint. The free app makes sure all of your bills are paid on time and monitors your bank accounts and credit cards to make sure you always know how much money you have to spend.
If it’s time for a new job, check out the app from Indeed, the popular job search engine. The Indeed‘s app is just as super-powered as the web search engine, providing access to millions of open jobs and the ability to search by filters such as location and salary. Think of having the app as a no-excuses approach to ensuring you finally make that big career move in 2018.
Coach.me is the leading habit tracker app. It is a way for users to establish better day-to-day habits. The key to this app is the motivation of staying competitive with oneself. Users start developing “streaks” as a habit becomes regular. By keeping a streak alive, you have the chance to beat your own personal best, earning badges along the way. Coach.me is a free instant coach so go “get in the game.”
Journaling is a great way to document all the “what’s happenings” in your life and there’s no better app than the Gratitude Journal app. For just $1.99, the Gratitude Journal all guides you to write down the things that you are grateful for, putting into perspective what’s working while pinpointing things you might want to change.
I know you can achieve all of your New Year’s resolutions with or without these apps, but they are a great addition to help keep you motivated and accountable.