Keeping New Year’s resolutions just got easier thanks to your smartphone

By on December 8, 2015

45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions and only a total of 8 percent will successfully achieve it. With the constant hubbub of day-to-day life we know New Year's resolutions are tough to tackle. The truth of the matter is that old habits die hard and too often we're back to our old ways by spring.

With a little help from our smartphones, let's make 2016 the year we succeed in keeping our promises. We’ve picked five of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and whether it’s getting in shape or sorting out finances, there are plenty of apps that can help you accomplish your goals throughout the year.

  • The most common resolution is to lose weight and the aptly-named Lose it! app works by following the proven principles of tracking calorie intake and getting support from friends and family to achieve your goal. Lose It! lets you set your goals with a customized weight loss plan, and has a simple tool to track what you eat.
  • Keeping fit and healthy is another popular resolution, and Moves is a simple app that will show users how much exercise they do – or don’t do – each day. It automatically records walking, cycling, running and the number of calories burned. The Moves app is always active (even if you aren’t) so there’s no need to remember to turn it on – just keep your smartphone with you and you’ll always be able to see how you’re doing.
  • Next on the list of resolutions is getting organized. ColorNote allows users to create notes and checklists then color code them into groups to make organizing life easy and intuitive. You can place virtual sticky notes on your smartphone’s home screen regarding particularly important items so they’ll always be top of mind. With a full calendar featuring auto-reminders and an online sync service notes will follow you even if you switch to a different device.
  • Whatever time of year we should always keep watch over our finances and if this is one of your resolutions you need Mint. With this app users can see the complete picture of finances in real time – all balances, transactions and categorized spending to see where cash is going and how it can be saved. Mint offers a wealth of information about financial services including custom savings tips.
  • Finally, if you’ve resolved to learn a new skill in 2016, jumpstart brain training with Elevate. This app sends users a new set of challenges every day to build the skills they need most. Elevate’s challenges are designed in collaboration with experts in neuroscience and cognitive learning, and help boost productivity, earning power and self-confidence.

Whatever your hopes and plans are for the coming New Year remember the words of Abraham Lincoln who said, “Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”