t’s the same familiar pattern: you start the New Year with
the best of intentions, thinking that this will be the year
you finally lose those twenty pounds, learn Japanese, or
start saving! But by the end of February, most of us have
returned to our old ways, our list of New Year’s resolutions
shoved in the back of a drawer out of sight. This year, why not
avoid the downward spiral of failure and shame by enlisting the
help of your iPhone and the App Store in achieving your goals?
While there are many apps that can help you accomplish
your New Year’s resolutions, such as Duolingo (free) for
learning a new language or MyFitnessPal (free) for getting
in shape, few of these apps will help you build a sustainable
exercise or learning habit. So instead, this article will focus
on apps that help automate your goals and motivate you to
power through the inevitable February slump.
Track Your Goals and Replace Bad
Habits with Good Ones
Far more important than which app you use for learning a
new skill or breaking a bad habit is which app you use to keep
yourself on track, whether you want to get more sleep, quit
smoking, spend less time on Facebook, or lose weight. Whatever positive changes you want to make in your life, these
apps can help you make them a long-term habit.
Staying on Top of Your Goals
Make a plan to accomplish your most im-
portant goals this year. Use this productivity
app from Microsoft to take and organize notes
and to create to-do lists, then access it all in
the cloud and across your devices.
This task management app lets you cus-
tomize to-do lists and reminders in a way that
any one of Apple’s stock productivity apps
simply can’t. The ability to collaborate with
other users makes Wunderlist ideal for accomplishing shared
New Year’s resolutions.
You can’t keep those resolutions if you quit
halfway through or never even get started.
Procraster helps you overcome procrastina-
tion by identifying stumbling blocks, breaking
projects down into manageable tasks, and tracking activity.
WITH THE OLD
13 APPS TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
BY SARAH KINGSBURY