Make 2016 the year your resolution actually sticks. Apps can help keep you accountable to your goals whether it’s eating better, saving money, or simply leading a more productive life. We’ve all got our phones by our side, so we might as well put them to use and make them our personal resolution coach.
Choose a New Year’s resolution app — or two, or three! — from my list of apps that will help you make 2016 your best year yet.
List out your tasks and assign an amount of time to each. Start the timer and the app will alert you when it’s time to move onto the next to-do.
This is a great app if your goal is to keep a clean house. Stick to weekly, quick tidy-ups instead of waiting for the dirt to pile up. Simply assign an amount of time to each room and move on to clean the next when the timer is up.
Keep your email, calendar, and to do list all in one place so you can easily access and manage everything you need to “handle.”
Swipe emails into to-dos, assign due dates dues, integrate them into your calendar, and prioritize your schedule with a drag and drop feature.
Start each day will 3 commitments, like take an exercise class, paying the bills, and prepackaging healthy snacks. Check the commitments off as you go. It’s as simple as that.
You can also “commit to 3” as a team with other app users, making it a useful business tool.
This is for the ultimate organizer who says a simple bullet pointed to-do list is never enough. Suru gives you the option to outline your list.
For example, instead of just putting the “gym” on your to-do list, you can outline the activities you plan to complete at the gym, like run two miles, lift weights for 15 minutes, or spend 10 minutes on abs. You can even add photos and color coding.
Habits can have a lot to do with productivity, and whether you want to make a habit or break one, this app will help you do it.
Enter as many habits as you’d like, such as drinking less soda or meditating more. Log whether or not you participate in the activity each day and use graphs to tracks your progress. Set reminders with custom messages to keep you on track.
Build grocery lists and organize them by aisle so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your list at home. The app will even find coupons from Coupons.com that match items on your list.
You can also sync lists with other household members. Whoever gets to the store first can easily do everyone’s shopping.
Health & Fitness Apps
Log over 600 different types of workouts and record GPS-based activities so you can keep track of your pace, route, distance, elevation, and more. Graphs and stats make it easy to track all of your workouts in one place.
Reach your fitness and giving back goals at the same time. Choose a charity and then head out on a walk, run, or bike ride. The app measures your distance and earns money for charity: 10 cents per miles for biking and 25 cents per mile for walking or running.
This nutrition tracker makes it easy to track food and workouts. Scan over 250,000 barcodes at grocery stores to get a nutrition grade. If the item doesn’t meet the grade, the app suggests alternatives. It helps you make healthy food choices and educates you along the way so you can continue to make those choices.
Think of Lark as your virtual weight loss coach who won’t you charge you the hefty fees typically associated with person coaching. Lark will chat with you about weight loss goals any time you want.
The app monitors your food, sleep and exercise and sends you texts with tips and motivation. For example, Lark will ask you what you had for breakfast and then send suggestions for how you can make it healthier.
Food journaling is an effective weight-loss strategy and this app streamlines the process. Easily track your foods and see how many calories are left in your daily budget. You can also join groups to get support and motivation along the way.
Good sleep is crucial to good health and SleepBot wants to help you out. It combines a sleep tracker, smart alarm, and ambient sound machine to optimize your night’s sleep. It records movements and sounds, identifies your lightest sleep phase and gently wakes you up during that cycle.
So many apps focus on physical health, but we also want to keep our brains sharp. Lumosity is a combination of cognitive games that challenge memory, attention, and other cognitive functions. It’s like giving your brain a daily workout.
Bring the envelope system in the digital age. Assign an amount to each expense and track how much of your envelope you’ve used. Plus, you can sync with the members of the household so you’re all on the same page when it comes to budget.
A popular personal finance app that does just what its name implies: It helps you track your spending. The simple interface makes it easy log expenses. Reports and interactive charts make it possible to see where your money is going at a glance.
Keep all your money and bills organized in one place. You’ll be able to see all your bills, due dates, and other account details from the app. Pay your bills on the go and never worry about being late again.
Stay on top of your credit with free credit scores, reports, and monitoring. It will also give you insight into what credit factors you can improve upon to boost your score. Additionally, you can track and monitor open accounts in one place.
Spare change can work a lot harder with the Acorns app than it will sitting in a jar. The app rounds up everyday purchases and invests your spare change in a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds.
Never forget your coupons at home again. The Coupons.com app is full of offers you can use online or in-store. You can also print grocery coupons right from the app and clip select offers directly to your store loyalty card.
New Skills & Habits Apps
A fun, free, and top-rated language app. You can learn to read, speak, and understand Spanish, French, German, and many other languages. Languages are broken down into short lessons you can do on your commute or lunch break.
Always wanted to journal but can’t keep it up? Day One may be the answer. Jot down entries on the go and add photos. The app also tracks temperature, location, time, date, the music playing, and more so you can remember your memories in the context you had them.
Is 2016 the year you’ll keep up with those photo albums? 23snaps takes photo albums into the 21st century. It’s a free family photo album where you can collect all your photos and videos. Add captions and view memories on a timeline so you can better remember those precious moments.