Goal-setting is an awesome thing. There's never a bad time to work towards a faster, better, stronger you, but the beginning of the year is a time for you to set goals that look at the big picture rather than zooming in on tiny details. Although you're probably aware that sticking to them can be difficult, there is hope in the fact that there are several apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Once downloaded, these apps can give you that little nudge in commitment you'll need a few months into the new year.
Resolutions should give you something to look forward to and inspire you for the coming year. So, take a look at your life from a bird's eye view at the end of this year, and don't be afraid to map out your real resolutions, no matter how aspirational they may currently feel. With the assistance of an app or two, you don't have to know the inevitable guilt that kicks in a few months into the year when you glance at what you've written down and realize you've let all of them fall to the wayside. Whether you're looking into health and fitness goals or to be better about money, focus on the carrying-out-and-accomplishing part of the equation, and let your phone do the rest of the work of keeping you on track to finish them with these 11 resolution-making apps.
1. Learn A New Language
If you've had trouble with this in the past, Duolingo (Free) is a godsend. With its simple interface and fun lessons, you can start learning French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, or Turkish on your own time with just a few minutes a day.
2. Get More Sleep
If you're working on addressing the dreaded lack of sleep you got last year but have trouble shutting down at night, try the White Noise app (Free). Its plethora of calming sounds like running water and washing machine (seriously, this is way more soothing than it sounds) will get you sleeping serenely in no time.
3. Record More Memories With The Kids
Are you awful about taking photos of what will go on to be amazing family memories, but really wish you weren't? You're not alone. The DayOne app ($0.99) was created just for this reason, as it makes it easy to journal, take photos, and store memories digitally day by day so that you never miss an important, special life event again.
4. Squeeze In More Workouts
For hitting this goal, there is no better app than the Nike+ Training Club (Free). Seriously. You can choose to either get lean, get toned, or strength train, and can select workouts for as little as fifteen minutes to over an hour, depending on how much time you have. With this app, not having enough time to workout will be a thing of the past.
5. Get More Organized
If you're feeling scattered all over the place, the Evernote app (Free) will rock you world. Use it to keep track of just about anything, from kid's doctor's appointments to recipes to house bills, and and say goodbye to constantly questioning where everything is in your life.
6. Save More Money
This one can be a hard one, but not if you have the Key Ring app (Free). Basically, it creates a digital version of all your loyalty cards so that if you can't find yours in your wallet, you don't have to miss out on the savings you get as a member. Use it as a lifeline at any store, and prepare to start saving every time you shop.
7. Cook More At Home
Don't give up and start ordering in once you run out of ideas. Download Yummly (Free), and get access to tons of recipes you can filter by any ingredient you're craving or by any dietary restriction you need to work within, save your favorites, and never be at a loss of what to make for dinner again.
8. Have More Conversation Starters
It's hard to come up with new ways to break the ice. Whether you're hitting up mixers or going to conventions for work, make meeting new people fun and interesting by downloading Daily Curiosity (Free), and get updated with unusual, fascinating facts to engage any listener.
9. Do More Projects With The Kids
This resolution no longer needs to be aspirational with Snapguide (Free), an awesome app that has tons of DIY projects with step-by-step instructions and pictures to go along with it. Weekends are about to get a lot more crafty.
10. Budget Better
If you want to be smarter with your money, hands down, Level Money (Free) is the app to download. It features a total breakdown of how much you spend in each category per month (for example, on clothing versus on bills) and makes it easy to see and understand where your money goes via easy, pie chart visuals.