Most people struggle to keep their New Year’s resolutions — it wouldn’t require a resolution, after all, if it were easy to do.
Thankfully, there are apps to help you keep on track.
We combed through Apple and Google’s list of the best apps of the year, along with Business Insider’s own reviews and Tech Insider’s App 100, to pull together a list of 14 apps that will help you reach your goals a little faster.
Wunderlist is the best to-do tracker out there. Acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, the free app keeps a running list of what you need to do. But each item is more detailed than a simple check box. You can set sub-tasks to check off along the way, like 'buy new yoga pants' or 'sign up for the gym.' There's also a reminder feature so you can make sure you're checking off items as you work towards your goals.
One of the best parts of Wunderlist is being able to invite other people to be collaborate on your list. If your resolution is to travel more, then you can invite someone else on Wunderlist to help you plan a trip. If you want to get more organised, then inviting your significant other to take part in the household to-do list (and set reminders so the tasks get done) is a big boost in the New Year.
Also make sure you have a great calendar app, like Sunrise, to schedule time for your resolutions. Those pounds won't melt away themselves.
The default calendar app on your phone probably doesn't cut it. Sunrise, which is also owned by Microsoft, is a more helpful version of a calendar that you didn't even know you needed. It integrates with Facebook, Evernote, Asana, TripIt, Songkick, Wunderlist, and Meetup to help add the little details to your schedule that eventually add up -- and would push out the time you've set aside to tackle your goals.
Available on: iOS, Android
Named one of Apple's top apps of the year, Lark uses a mix of artificial intelligence and human experts to help people lose weight and get fit. The app uses a simple chat interface so it feels like you're texting a personal trainer, but it doesn't rely on you to enter every single calorie or activity you've consumed in the day.
In the background, Lark uses the iPhone sensors to know how much you've been moving or how long you slept. Just tell Lark what you had to eat and it will give you nutrition coaching based on your goals and past eating habits.
Available on: iOS, Android
There a thousands of free fitness apps you can download, but Sworkit has been proven to stand above the crowd.
A team of sports scientists recently analysed the top 30 fitness apps for how closely the align to the American College of Sports Medicine's training guidelines. Sworkit Lite scored 9.01 on their quality scale. The runner-up only scored 5.39, and the other 28 teams were lower than that.
Sworkit excelled because its fitness routine includes exercises for strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching. Users can choose how long they want to work out and what they're focusing on, and Sworkit builds them the perfectly timed plan.
But Sworkit doesn't appeal to everyone. One Tech Insider reporter who is obsessed with it described it as more of a playlist of fitness routines rather than something that might motivate people to get off the couch.
One other advantage of Sworkit: all of its exercises are body-weight based, so no special equipment is required. No excuses to not exercise then!
Moodnotes is an easy way to track your mood over time.
You simply open the app and adjust the face to the size of smile or a frown that expresses how you feel, and write a line about it. Over time, you can see what's making you happy and what's making you sad, so you can work on tipping the balance over to the happy side more often.
The app was built by trained psychologists, so it will also start giving advice on certain traps of thinking you might be getting into, like predicting a negative outcome when it hasn't happened yet.
Available on: iOS
If you feel like 2015 flew by, try journaling and remembering each day of 2016 with Day One. The beautiful journaling app lets you record memories with photos, videos, links, and more. Think of it as posting to social media, but without sharing it with the world. The app supports syncing with iCloud and Dropbox so you won't lose your memories. And if you do write a journal entry you want to share, Day One will let you publish entries online to be shared with others.
Available on: iOS
If you're looking to get a head start on spring cleaning and finally get organised, try an app like ThredUp. The site is essentially an online version of a consignment shop where you can buy and sell gently used clothing. ThredUp will send you a clean out kit (postage and all), so all you have to do is clean out your closet and send the items to them.
ThredUp will either give you store credit or send the money to your PayPal account. It also offers the option to donate the money to charity.
If you want to have a better grasp of how much money you should be spending every day, try Level. After connecting your bank and any other credit cards (Level currently partners with around 18,000 financial institutions), you enter your income, bills, and how much you want to save each month.
The app crunches the numbers for you and also scans your past transactions to take into account fluctuations like a higher heating bill in the winter. Level then presents you with your 'Spendable,' or your available cash, to spend each day -- a number that might be surprise you if you haven't been keeping careful track of your money.
Acorns is an easy way to start investing after every purchase you make. To use Acorns, you link up your credit or debit card to your Acorns app. Every time you use that card to make a purchase, Acorns rounds your purchase up to the next dollar and invests your change into a diversified portfolio of index funds, which are selected by Harry Markowitz, a Nobel prize-winning economist.
Price: The app is free. Once you open an account, Acorns charges you a dollar a month if your account has a balance of less than $5,000. If you have more than that in your account, you get charged 0.25% per year (The 0.25% is charged monthly and computed daily).
Duolingo teaches you the basics of 13 foreign languages through different practices in your phone or on the web. Each level has a combination of listening and translation exercises that keep you entertained, but still learning.
A recent study by City University showed that 34 hours of Duolingo practice equated to one semester of language classes.
Tandem is the easiest way to practice your new language, whether you want to talk about Star Wars in Spanish or discuss the Super Bowl in German.
You pick the language you want to learn and then browse the community of people who share similar interests. After all, it's easier to start talking about football if that's a mutual interest than to blandly discuss the weather. Tandem makes it easy to talk over messages, but its true power is in the free video calls with language learners throughout the world.
Available on: iOS
If you wanted to spend more time reading, try Wattpad, a reading community with millions of free books.
Over 40 million people use Wattpad to read millions of free e-books, from classics like 'Moby Dick' to 'Twilight' fanfiction. You can leave comments on passages and see comments from others. Authors on the app can talk directly with fans and share their works.
It may be missing some of the newer works, which you can mostly find on Kindle, but if you're looking for pure entertainment with a bit of social thrown in, Wattpad is a fun and different way to get re-engaged with reading.
If you're looking for more of the best-seller books, Kindle still can't be beat -- and you don't need the device to take advantage of it.
You don't need to have a Kindle device to still have access to Amazon's millions of ebooks. Plus, Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's $6.99 all you can read plan, works on non-Kindle devices too.
The best part? The first thirty days of Kindle Unlimited are free if you want to jump start your reading resolutions.
Don't be put off by the app's name. Fit Men Cook is a powerhouse meal planning and cooking app that walks you through recipes step-by-step with videos so you know what to do.
Any recipe you select in the app will automatically be added to your shopping list, and sorted by the aisles the ingredients are found on. Recipes can easily be scaled so it works for the solo cook to the family. The app is also designed so you only prep meals two days of the week rather than spending hours cooking every day. For those looking to turn their cooking lifestyle around, Fit Men Cook is an app that solves both the planning and the cooking.
Price: $0.99. Meal Planner Pro is $5.99 for the year.
Avail ble on: iOS
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