Breaking Bad Habits
This simple app is ad free and easy to
use. You can quit as many bad habits as you
want—whether it be smoking or biting your
nails—and then track how many days since
you quit. Share your progress with friends or keep it private.
Use this highly customizable app to track
Building Good Habits
both progress toward quitting bad habits and
creating positive ones. Frequency settings
are very flexible—e.g., you can set the time
of day or number of times per week you want to do some-
thing—and progress is easily tracked with handy graphs.
Productive Habits & Daily Goals Tracker
Don’t get overwhelmed by all your tasks.
Break your resolutions into manageable seg-
ments and only see them when you’ve cho-
sen to work on accomplishing them. Make
notes, track your progress toward building your new habits,
and see how long you can go without breaking your streak.
If breaking tasks down and setting streaks
is not enough to motivate you to keep your
New Year’s resolutions, why not turn it into a
game? Earn in-game and real-world rewards
as you accomplish your goals and defeat monsters.
Accomplish a Specific Goal
Maybe you want to really focus on one important goal.
Whether that’s doing a better job keeping in touch with loved
ones, saving money, being more charitable, or getting healthy,
these apps can help you make keeping your most important
New Year’s resolution a priority.
Staying in Touch
If you’ve ever unintentionally let weeks
or months go by without contacting a good
friend or family member, this is the app to
help you maintain those important connec-
tions. Choose your most important contacts and specify how
often you want to stay in touch and the best way to contact
each of them—e.g., Facebook, phone, email, text, and more.
Just make sure you set your Contacts’ default account to
iCloud in settings in order to have access to your full contact
Fitness and Weight Loss
Fitness and Health is one of the most
Taking Control of Your Finances
popular categories in the App Store. If you’ve
resolved to lose weight or get fit this year, you
don’t need our help finding some great apps
for that. But you might benefit from some
extra motivation to keep up your new routine. The Pact app
lets you put real money on the line. Set your goals and meet
them and you can earn money. Fail to accomplish them and
you’ll end up owing money instead.
Don’t put off accomplishing your resolu-
tion to start investing for another day. Acorns
rounds up your purchases and automatically
invests the difference for you. The amounts
may seem small, but over the course of a year, your micro in-
vestments could add up to the beginnings of a nice portfolio.
While you’re making investing automatic
Making a Difference
and effortless, why not do the same for sav-
ing? Digit analyzes your spending and then
transfers amounts of money small enough
that you won’t miss it into savings. Before you know it you’ll
have accomplished another of your New Year’s resolutions
and built a tidy nest egg.
If you’ve resolved to make a positive differ-
Keeping Your House Clean
ence in the world, but don’t know where to
start, check out this app from Google. One
Today lets you make small daily donations to
causes that matter to you and inspire others to do the same.
Unfilth Your Habitat
If you’ve resolved to start keeping your
home clean and tidy like a goddamn adult and
don’t mind a lot of F-bombs with your remind-
ers, Unfilth Your Habitat will put you on the
right path. While the app’s interface is a bit outdated, it gets
the job done by breaking your cleaning into short challenges
and keeping you motivated with swearing and shaming.
Sarah Kingsbury is the senior web editor of iPhoneLife.com. She goes almost nowhere
without her iPhone and is the main contributor to the site’s Tip of the Day column. She
has over a decade of experience writing and editing for online and print publications.