New Year’s Resolutions and Five Smartphone Apps that Will Help You Keep Them
Did you start the New Year off with lofty ambitions and admirable goals — lose weight, get organized, get more sleep? While 45 percent of Americans “usually” make New Year’s Resolutions, a mere 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Most people abandon their resolutions after just one week. The reality is that changing ingrained behaviors is difficult, and without a plan or support system, it is nearly impossible.
Fortunately, mobile apps offer useful ways to stick to New Year’s Resolutions. People carry their smartphones with them everywhere, which means they constantly have a personal trainer, task reminder and life coach within arm’s reach. Here is a list of 5 ways your smartphone can help you actually keep your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions.
Lose Weight: Every year after the holiday season comes to an end, millions of people hit the gym and start counting calories. Then motivation starts to lag because people don’t feel that they are accomplishing anything. MyFitnessPal is a useful tool for tracking progress towards your fitness goals with its free calorie counter. Losing weight is a slow process, and this apps is a great way to hold yourself accountable, as well as keep motivation high as you hit your milestones.
Get Organized: Getting organized is the second most popular New Year’s Resolution, and a good calendar app is necessary to achieve that goal. Today’s calendar apps, like Sunrise, go beyond logging and reminding you of all your appointments by providing extra, useful information that helps you stay on schedule. For example, Sunrise automatically adjusts your appointment times to different time zones when you travel. Sunrise also syncs multiple calendars, making it easier to balance college schedule and personal life.
Get More Sleep: 40 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and sleep deprivation is linked to depression, weight gain, early aging, and irritability, which is in turn linked to more disagreements and greater dissatisfaction. SleepCycle is an app that tracks your REM cycle as you sleep and wakes you up at the time that is optimal for you. The result is you feel more alert better understand your own sleeping patterns. An added benefit of more sleep is it helps achieve other goals, like weight loss and organization.
Find Love: While you can’t resolve your way into falling in love, there are a number of apps out there that can help you meet someone special. Hinge is a mobile startup that lets you meet people in your extended social circles every day. It uses a “romance graph” to pair you with friends of friends that may be a good match. If you express interest in someone and they express interest back, Hinge will introduce you. From there, it is up to you. And what better way to “meet” that someone new than with the Google Maps. It provides directions, interactive maps and satellite/ overhead imagery with drive and walk times to ensure you make it to your destination on time.
Be Happy: People who are happy often have more success achieving other goals, like higher productivity, better health, and are even more successful in work and love. However sometimes happiness can be difficult to achieve. Happier is a social app for sharing happy moments with others. It helps people appreciate the things they have in their life and provides short lessons that teach the tips, tricks, and habits that are scientifically proven to help people focus on what makes them happier. The idea is that happiness is a mindset that can be cultivated and sustained, and the app helps you do just that.
So, kick off the New Year with resolutions and goals that are within reach. Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for helping you achieve them. That’s something worth celebrating.
Happy New Year!