Apps to Keep your New Year’s Resolution on Track

January 6, 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, we oftentimes reflect on the past year of things we did right and things we did wrong – resolutions that we kept and resolutions that did not even last as long as our New Year’s party did. But as we clink our glass to welcome 2016, we find ourselves deciding that 2016 WILL be the year!  This IS the year that we will make our resolutions last! According to Statistic Brain, 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and only 46% of us keep this resolution past 6 months. But 2016 is going to be different, right? We are going to exercise more, lose weight, stop smoking, save more money and spend less. We will spend more time doing what we love with whom we love and we will decide to become more productive in our lives….Sounds a little overwhelming, right?  Well, with some friendly apps, we can all become one step closer to fulfilling our 2016 goals.

Losing Weight

So, if you are like 38% of Americans, you have set a weight-related resolution. There are many apps out there that can help you achieve this.

StickKThis is my favorite app for 2016!!! This app lets you set a goal, notify a support group, and have an outsider weigh in and judge your progress, but the real motivation has to do with money. Here’s how it works: you commit a certain amount to a goal; if you achieve it, you get the money back. If not, it goes to a third party, which can include someone you love, a charity you love, or – to up the ante – someone you don’t like or a cause you don’t support.

Sworkit – Circuit Training Workouts– For easy to do at home workouts, Sworkit comes with a few moves and instructions for both strength training and yoga. You then set the amount of time you want to work out for, and it’ll provide a simple workout program for you.

Juice–  This app allows you to track your sleep, diet and exercise to help you change the way you use your daily supply of energy. It gives you tips to help better the usage of your energy and has weekly reports to track how well you’re progressing.

Restaurant Nutrition– If you’re not one to cook at home and find yourself eating out a lot, this app will give you the nutrition information of food you can get in popular restaurants.

Breaking a Habit

Breaking up is hard to do.  Whether it be smoking, drinking, gambling, or shopping, we all could use a little help in breaking a habit.

Habit Maker Habit Breaker– All you have to do is add a habit and then decide if you want to ‘make’ it or ‘break’ it. You then start tracking by tapping the happy or sad face – happy if you succeed, sad if you do not – then watch your progress with charts and graphs.

Quitter– This is an app to break bad habits that cost you money. It could be smoking or a constant craving of junk food. You can see how much you’ve saved each day, add pictures to motivate you and share your progress on social networking sites.

Since iQuit– If you have a bad smoking habit, this app may be able to motivate you through each day by showing you how much time and money you’ve saved since you quit smoking.

Be More Productive

I think we could all agree that we would all love to be more productive.  Although “productivity” varies for each of us, these apps can help us be successful.

BloomThis app will inspire you to create good habits and make better choices as it reminds you to do productive things throughout your day. You can also add pictures and it’ll show them to you via reminders as a way of self-motivation.

30/30– This is a simple app that helps you keep track of the tasks that you should be doing. You set up a list of tasks and allocate a specific time for each task. Once the timer for the first task starts, it will tell you to move on to the next task once the time of the first task finishes.

Todoist– This is a productivity app that helps organize your tasks and works well with your desktop browser or Android device. It also works well with services like Gmail and you can get notification reminders via SMS or email.

Money and Personal Finances

37% of Americans make some kind of money-related resolution.  These useful apps will help you stay on track all year long.

Toshl Finance– This all-in-one finance manager syncs with all your devices with an account on their website. You can track your expenses and view your budget to ensure you’re not overspending. It also has the option to add bills so that you get reminded of those due dates.

Expensify– With Expensify, you can sync your credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases with real-time updates. It’ll be able to track transactions via eReceipts; otherwise you can take pictures of paper receipts, and with that information be able to generate an expense report.

HelloWallet– This app allows you to track multiple bank account balances. It also gives you a summary of your budget progress and can average out your spending trends based on categories you’ve created.

Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker– If you want to keep track of your spending through receipts, Shoeboxed allows you to take pictures of your receipts where it will automatically extract the store and expenditure information.

By: Monica Simmons