Based on statistics by StatisticBrain, the top new year’s resolutions for 2015 were pretty basic.
You had your usual “lose weight” and “quit smoking” with nothing really new to add to the table, because at the end of the day, only 8 percent of the 45 percent of Americans who make new year’s resolutions actually keep them. I’m not good at math but even I can tell you that that’s not a good ratio.
Thankfully, the App Store is teeming with tools to help us out, so maybe we can actually make our resolutions last past the first week of January.
Here were the most common new year’s resolutions for 2015, and the apps that can help you keep them as we enter 2017.
1. Lose weight, stay fit.
Dieting is hard. I myself can't "diet" for more than a week without a) forgetting I'm dieting or b) cheating on purpose and then just not stop cheating. Oops! What I need is something to hold me accountable. That, and a whole bunch of willpower.
According to Redbook, My Fitness Pal has you input some personal information (like weight, height, age, and goal weight), and generates a weekly plan to help you log your meals and keep track of your workouts. Similarly, Lose It! "gives you exercise challenges, healthy recipes, and charts your progress as you work towards your goals." Both apps are FREE on the app store, so like, you have no excuse.
2. Get organized.
So, there's no app that cleans your room for you- I checked. But there IS an awesome app called Awesome Note, and for $3.99 on the App Store (and stop, I know what you're thinking, but that's less than a latte at Starbucks and it lasts forever so...) you get what is, according to PCMag, "an awesome iPhone app for creating to-do lists, calendar entries, and notes."
They also say it's the best app to do this with because it's so "visually compelling," meaning you have tons of features, colors, fonts, backgrounds, and other fun things to get you organized your way. Get the newest version, Awesome Note 2, here!
3. Spend less, save more.
Do you ever get paid, and then a week later wonder where all your money went? And then you check your bank account and realize it all went to food, drinks, food, student loans, food, debts, and more food? Is that really awkwardly detailed? Are you smiling because you know this is you too? Regardless, Mint: Money Manager, Budget & Personal Finance is here to help.
With an easy-to-follow interface, it gives you a clear picture of what's in your bank accounts and what you can afford to spend on things like gas, groceries, and restaurants. The app also lets you track your bills, receive bill reminders and put all your accounts into one place. And it's free! See? Saving money already.
4. Enjoy life to the fullest.
It's easy to write a bucket list, but it's also just as easy to forget about it. 2DoBefore is a fun and interactive way to not only keep track of your bucket list items, but also inspire you to add more.
Acccording to MakeUseOf, the app includes over 200 suggestions for bucket list-type goals and lets you create your own, "with inputs for a deadline, details, a custom photo for each goal, and a location if applicable." Get it for $0.99 on the App Store!
5. Learn something exciting.
The options here are endless- it all depends on what you want to learn! theSkimm app (which started as, and is still, a daily newsletter with a summary of the day's headline using simple, relateable conversation) is packed with features like Skimm Ahead, which gives you information about future events, Skimm Reads, which gives you a 5 minute Read and a new "favorite book" on Fridays, Skimm Picks, "a selection of what you need to start watching, downloading, and listening to," and Daily Skimm, all the morning information you need.
It's $2.99 a month, but look at everything you're getting! For longer term learning, try a language app! SELF recommends Duolingo, a free language app that lets you "learn in daily increments of 5,10, 15 or 20 minutes." It's designed like a game, so you won't want to stop playing and you're learning at the same time. World Factbook & Atlas is $0.99, and "provides up-to-date, valuable data for more than 250 countries and territories." Good stuff. Get learning.
6. Quit smoking.
Butt Out is a free iPhone app that lets you log your cravings, and according to a review on the App store, "the secret was to consciously make a note every time I had a smoke or craving."
The app has a feature that lets you choose a motivational image and quote to look at whenever you feel a craving, track cravings, track the number of cigarettes you smoke, and motivate you to reach your goal. Even cooler, it lets you see how much money you're saving since you decided to quit, which can really add up!
7. Empower others to achieve their dreams.
The only way to help others achieve their dreams is to inspire them by being the best possible version of yourself (and also, good networking, which is basically the same thing). An even better way to help others, though, is to make a real difference, and these apps let you do just that.
With GoodGuide, you can scan food and household items at grocery stores and see their nutritional values, health hazards, health concerns, and more, all for free. Golden Volunteer Opportunities keeps your zip code, schedule, and interests in mind to help you find personalized volunteer opportunities that'll not only help you make a difference, but also have fun and make friends while doing it.
8. Fall in love.
You're not going to fall in love using Tinder or Bumble. This isn't an absolute truth, obvi, because there are always exceptions- I've met them! But most of the time, the folks you meet on these apps are great for a little while. If you want to meet someone to really fall in love and settle down with, you should turn your attention to the old pros of online dating.
According to TIME, 438 U.S.-based eHarmony members get married every day. Subscription prices are high, but the heavy duty questionnaire isn't playing games. If you really want to meet someone special, download their free app.
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