Determined to stick to those New Year's resolutions this time round? Here are the apps you need to make 2019 the year that bucks the trend...
Whether we admit it publicly or not, we all make them – our New Year’s resolutions are little promises to ourselves that we’ll do better next year, though they’re often forgotten by February, or even earlier. But does it have to be that way?
With the world of apps out there, it’s really never been easier to dream up a goal and see it through, especially with the software keeping track of your progress for you. Ready to make 2019 the year that bucks the trend? You’ll need a smartphone, a dollop of determination, and a selection of these top apps…
Resolution: ‘Be more organised’
Think of Evernote as a digital notebook with limitless pages, tabs and indexes all synced to the cloud across your devices. Exactly what you do with it is up to you, but with a mobile app that lets you write, make lists, record voice memos, and take and attach photos, the possibilities are near endless.
You could use Evernote for everything from jotting down the odd note, to planning and writing the next best-selling novel, to meticulously scanning and filing every important document you receive in 2019. The more you use it, the stronger an organisational tool it becomes.
Resolution: ‘Read more’
We all want to become more well read, but time is a big issue. If you’re short on hours and big on ambition, you can still tick off those literary classics and modern chart toppers alike by listening to them while you get other things done.
Amazon-owned Audible is the best way to go about doing just that, letting you purchase audio versions of millions of titles to listen to on your commute, or while making dinner, or in the gym, or wherever. You can either buy audiobooks up front, or opt for a subscription that lets you listen to one or two books a month (£7.99pm or £14.99pm respectively).
Resolution: ‘Get in shape’
App: 7 Minute workout
Can you get fit in just 7 minutes? Recent science seems to suggest it’s possible. Whilst an hour at the gym is obviously likely to have a bigger impact, the idea of the ‘7 minute workout’ – in which you bust a gut for 420 seconds – is said to be as good for you as a much longer workout done at a more stoic pace.
What’s more, the 7 Minute workout app doesn’t require any equipment – just a bit of space in your living room. Dubious? Do it once a day for a month and you’ll see some serious results.
Resolution: ‘Quit smoking’
App: Smoke Free
The genius of Smoke Free is that it plays off of your desire not to let yourself down. Every year, month, day, hour, minute and second you go smoke-free are totted up on its dashboard, each one visually accumulating as you watch.
And that’s really powerful for going cold turkey, because a single cigarette will wipe all that lovely progress – sending you back to square one. It also lets you see how much money you’ve saved by not smoking, which means you get an extra excuse to treat yourself to something every now and again.
Resolution: ‘Eat healthier’
Ask any fitness instructor or dietitian and they’ll tell you the same thing: the secret to losing weight is to burn more calories than you take in each day. It’s that simple. But knowing how many calories you’re eating and drinking isn’t easy unless you have the right app to help. And the right app? Definitely MyFitnessPal.
With years of experience in the calorie counting game and a library of millions of items of food and drink, it’s the easiest way to set yourself a daily limit and add in what you munch through every 24 hours.
Resolution: ‘Be more mindful’
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of everyday life. That’s why a short amount of mindfulness practice every day – in which you slow down, calm yourself and think meditative thoughts – can do a world of good. The Headspace app is one of the leaders in this space (as recommended by Emma Watson, no less).
It lets you create custom meditation programmes that help you work through everything from relationships to creativity. And best of all, it can take you as little as 10 minutes per session.
Resolution: ‘Save more money’
Yolt taps into your bank accounts to give an always up-to-date overview of your finances. What makes it really smart, though, is its knack for auto-tracking and categorising your expenses, slotting things into groups like ‘drinks’ or ‘eating out’ by itself, and easily letting you see where your money really goes each month.
There’s also a suite of budgeting tools baked in, like the ability to set limits for each category, compare various categories to previous months, and keep a proactive tab on monthly bills to avoid nasty surprises. It’s your budget-conscious best friend.
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