10 Apps to Help You Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions
By John Rose, January 8, 2014, News
New Year’s Resolutions: let’s face it, we start off strong, but keeping those resolutions is never that easy. Whether it’s self improvement or making a difference in the world, our resolutions represent our hopes for the future. Doing it on your own can be hard, but with a little help from the digital age, you can achieve those goals and make the most out of a fresh new year!
Fad diets and extreme workouts will always receive lots of attention, but the simple truth to getting control of your weight is to get control of what you eat. Looking at dieting the way you would look at budgeting is the first step to shedding weight. Here are a few smartphone apps to help with this process:
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal: Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, an easy-to-use calorie counter. This app has the largest food database of any iPhone calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods) and amazingly fast food and exercise entry. FREE (Apple and Android)
Fooducate: Lose weight and track your progress with a great app that looks beyond the calories and helps you eat healthy. Scan a product barcode to see what’s really in your food. Fooducate will also show you healthier alternatives! I use this app regularly and think it’s fantastic for learning what’s in my food and for finding healthier alternatives. FREE (Apple and Android)
Volunteering and Giving
Another popular resolution is to give back to your community. Whether it’s with your time or money, there are many ways to do good for others. As you set your mind to good causes, let these smartphone apps guide your way:
Volunteer Match: This award-winning service makes it easy for good people and good causes to connect. Search 62,000 open volunteer opportunities to find the perfect one for you, as many of your favorite nonprofits are here. See what service opportunities are closes to where you live, work, or go to school, and then share your activities with your friends and family. FREE (Apple Only)
One Today by Google: One Today is an app that lets you give a little and change a lot.
- Be inspired: Discover an awesome nonprofit project each day.
- Donate simply: One project, one button, one good deed a day.
- Spread the love: Share that good feeling with friends and get those donations matched.
FREE (Apple and Android)
Education and personal growth are fantastic goals for the New Year. If your resolution involves learning something new, here are a couple of apps to get you started:
Khan Academy: Designed to help you learn almost anything for free, Khan Academy covers a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, biology, chemistry, and physics, finance, and history. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Prepare for the upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia. FREE (Apple and Android)
Duolingo: With a mission to help change how people learn languages, Duolingo lets you learn a language completely free, and you have fun while you learn, as you level up and compete with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages. FREE (Apple and Android)
Getting a better hold of your personal finances is a New Year’s resolution for many. Try these apps to help you get on top of your budget:
Expenditure: Expense manager is great application for managing your expenses and incomes. This app allows you to track expenses and incomes by week, month, and year as well as by category. Other options include multiple accounts in multiple currencies, scheduling payments and recurring payments, taking a picture of receipts, setting payment alerts, and exporting data. The app also has convenient tools such calculator, currency converter, tip calculator, sales and tax calculator, and credit card calculator. FREE (Android Only)
Mint.com Personal Finance: This app allows you you to track, budget, and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan, and retirement accounts, and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure, and easy to keep your personal finances organized. FREE (Apple/Android)
Smoking cessation is always a hot topic around New Year’s. Quitting is never easy, but with the help of some technology, it can become a reality. Here are two apps to help you quit smoking:
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking: The LIVESTRONG.COM MyQuit Coach application creates a personalized plan to help you quit smoking. Through a physician-approved, interactive, and easy to use app, you’ll evaluate your current status, set attainable goals, and adjust preferences according to your needs. You’ll finally be able to stop smoking.
You can choose to gradually lower your regular nicotine intake or quit smoking right away. The app provides inspirational photos, tips, and progress charts to keep you on track, and achievement badges will reward your successes. Use the built-in social support circle and the option to update your Facebook and Twitter as friends cheer you on. When you are ready to stop smoking, let MyQuit Coach be your guide. FREE (Apple and Android)
Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation: See how long it’s been since you stopped smoking, the amount of money you’ve saved, cigarettes not smoked, and health improvements. Play a fun distracting game while you forget about your cravings. Join the vibrant Facebook community offering support to everyone who has chosen to stop smoking! This app also connects you with a large community of individuals who are in the process of quitting or who have already kicked the habit, providing you with support from real people who have been in your shoes! FREE (Android Only)
Remember, no app can make it happen for you automatically. It takes drive and dedication to get the job done and fulfill your resolutions. But, with a little help from some creative apps, you can make the most of this brand new year!