New year, new you. Or so we’d like to think. In reality, many of those New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside halfway through January (if you’re lucky), and are completely forgotten about by February.
Thankfully, with a whole suite of mobile apps set to help you achieve your goals, there’s no reason you can’t eat healthier, read more books, lose that holiday weight, or follow a new passion, goal, or career. Let technology make your life easier; these apps will help you achieve your resolutions and goals.
If you’re trying to eat healthier… MyFitnessPal (Android & iOS)
If you want to start eating healthy this year, you must first understand what you’re currently eating and how it’s impacting your body. MyFitnessPal (free) tracks daily meals and snacks while helping you reach your goals. You can record diet and exercise, track daily and monthly progress, see a breakdown of the day’s nutrition, and set measurable goals.
If you want to get active…Couch-to-5k (Android & iOS)
Experts say that the best way to achieve a goal is to break it down into smaller steps. That’s just what this app does! With Couch-to-5k ($2.99), anyone—yes, anyone—can train to run a 5k. The plan lets you start small (think alternating rounds of jogging and walking) with thrice-weekly workouts that last about 30 minutes. By the end of the nine week plan, you’ll be jogging through the finish line.
If you want to become more organized…Any.do (Android & iOS)
Track your tasks, and then get them done. With Any.do (free), you can add reminders, notes, and files that are accessible on all devices—meaning you can manage your to-do list from home or on the go. The clean and simple interface makes it easy to get started, which is one of the hardest parts of completing any goal. Premium plans are available.
If you want to be present more…Headspace (Android & iOS)
According to the app itself, “headspace is a gym membership for your mind.” Really, though. Headspace (free) offers guided meditations that last ten minutes and are perfect for busy parents. While the app is still new, it’s been getting a lot of praise for helping to reduce stress and anxiety while improving creativity and focus, all well-known benefits of meditation. After completing Take10, the beginner’s course, you can choose to upgrade to a paid plan.
If you want to lose weight…Pact (Android & iOS)
They say you can tell what a man loves most by looking at where he spends his money. Pact (free) understands this fact of life, which is why the app uses money to motivate people to make smart and healthy decisions. The concept is simple: stick to your exercise plan and earn money, or deviate from your plan and pay other people money. If you can’t seem to motivate yourself, you may want to give this app a try.
If you want to try a new hobby…Skillshare (Android & iOS)
With literally thousands of classes on everything from using Photoshop to designing t-shirts to painting a cow with acrylics (yes, really), Skillshare makes it super easy to discover a new hobby or brush up on an old skill that you’ve forgotten about. Watch the classes via the mobile Skillshare app (free) for on-the-go inspiration whenever you need it. While some classes are offered with the free membership, you can upgrade to monthly or annual plans for complete access.
If you’d like to achieve a specific goal…Strides (iOS)
Perhaps 2016 will be the year you finally travel to Iceland to see the northern lights. Or the year when you finally learn to change your own tires. Whatever your goal is, you can achieve it with Strides (free). Track goals and habits, review your process in the form of fancy graphs, and accomplish anything you’ve set out to do. Users especially love the application’s clean, user-friendly appearance.
If you want to find a new job…Indeed Job Search (Android & iOS)
If you’re seriously looking for a new job, there are a probably a few mobile apps that could help you out; Monster, LinkedIn, or Glassdoor would all enhance your job search. We recommend the Indeed Job Search app (free) simply because it boasts the most comprehensive search engine for jobs. Browse open gigs near you, and apply with your Indeed Resume if a specific job catches your interest. Now if only there was an app to walk you through the interview…
If you want to save money…Mint (Android & iOS)
Money might not grow on trees, but the fact that Mint (free) costs absolutely nothing means there’s still good in the world. Seriously though, there are few tools as robust and simple to use as Mint. Log into the mobile app to see your current financial snapshot, create and manage budgets, track savings goals, and ensure that the water bill gets paid. Backed by Intuit, you can be sure that Mint is the real deal.
If you want to quit a bad habit…HabitBull (Android)
There’s some discussion as to whether it truly takes 21 days to break a habit. Download HabitBull (free) on your Android device, however, and the days won’t matter. According to Lifehacker, HabitBull “packs all [habit-building tricks] in a gorgeous, free, cross-platform app.” Use the mobile application to track goals (and habits you want to quit), set up notifications, and participate on the forums. View your progress in handy graphs that motivate you to keep moving forward.
If you’re focused on getting more sleep…SleepBot
When downloading a sleep app, be sure to do so with a grain of salt; few applications have proved to track one’s sleep cycle 100-percent accurately. Keeping that in mind, we think you should give SleepBot (free) a try. The mobile app works as an alarm (waking you up at the lightest point in your sleep) and can record sounds as you sleep. Punch in at night when you head to bed, and then punch out in the morning to track how many zzz’s you’re getting each night.
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It’s hard to imagine a world without mobile applications. As smartphone capabilities grow and grow, you can bet that the demand for high-quality, innovative apps will only get bigger.