New year around the corner, mood already high, let’s think of two words that are synonymous with New year, well they are :
Some make resolutions to improve their lifestyle while others make resolutions to follow their resolutions, but one thing that everyone would agree on is that making resolutions and then religiously following them are two different things. All hail the vast array of applications that come to our rescue, helping us to be on track. In this edition let’s try to list some of those saviors, constantly fighting for us, helping us reach our goals.
RESOLUTION 1: I want a Summer-bod to flaunt.
The first and the most common of all the resolutions is “Let’s get fit”. While some of us want to begin getting fit, there are others who want to run that extra mile and become a head-turner (yeah, I am hinting at that Sallu or Deepika fan). Whatever be the resolution, here are some apps that are a blessing for these people, helping them reach their fitness or weight-loss goals :
- Lose It: Lose it is one amazing app meant for people who are aiming to achieve their weight-loss goals. It allows them to track their meals which supposedly leads to more mindful food consumption. It boasts of a feature that lets the users take pictures of their meals. The app then records the same and helps reduce its calorie count. This feature is still in its beta run phase but has gained great acclaim worldwide.
- Run with MapMyRun: MapMyRun is one of those older mobile aids around, which has held its ground and is a good way for users to get back into the swing of cardio exercise helping them plan their outdoor jogs, providing with the best route available along with tracking progress and setting goals.
RESOLUTION 2: I don’t want to waste my time anymore.
To some procrastination is bae, turning out to be a hindrance in every step of life , be it personal or work. There are numerous apps that can be used to address these problems: from Evernote and Dropbox that syncs digital lives to all of the owned devices, to more specialized apps for list making and time management. To list a few:
- Any.do: If failing to keep your thoughts organized is the reason behind your un-productivity, a to-do list app id something you need to opt for. Any.do, that lets it’s users make to-do lists is what you are looking for. Not only does it allows a person to make those lists but also gives them the option to categorize and share these lists with others. Another great feature of the app is that it provides a daily snapshot of tasks helping them plan and prioritize.
- Toggl: This app is those people who are trying to figure out how to budget and allocate their time in the most timely manner (have to squeeze out some for the special one too,eh ). Toggl is an app which helps doing the same, keeping track of users’ tasks. It helps the user to take note of how long they’ve spent on a certain daily task, and then it compiles all the data to create reports about what the user is doing and where the time resources are being spent. It also helps with suggestions on how to spend their time, executing a day’s task in an effective manner.
RESOLUTION 3: Say no to useless expenditures.
Every year starts with a motive to spend wisely, so that we can feel financially secure and trying to cut down on useless expenditures. Over the last few years new apps have been developed trying to help people save money, budget more efficiently, even giving them better ways to invest easily and wisely. Some of them being:
- Mint: Mint is not a new name, and has slowly gained popularity as a widely trusted budgeting app. How does it work? It plugs into users’ accounts, studies their financial situation, and then provides them with an interface to set goals. Planning to pay down their credit card debt, build their savings, etc are some of its attributes. Mint is a good way to start for people with a specific financial resolution in their mind.
- Digit: Digit is a simple app, (and a bit scary). It records your spending patterns and takes notice, the places where you won’t mind losing some extra bucks. It then automatically takes those few bucks and puts them into a savings account. Hence it makes small petty transactions that will feel to you like a cup of coffee, but in reality, it is actually creating savings.
RESOLUTION 4: Let’s try something new!
Life for people has become such that it seems impossible to find time to learn new skills or try new things. A mobile app is obviously not going to solve it for you, but then it can help you squeeze out a little bit more enjoyment form life, right? This might help you calm your nerves and learn :
- Duolingo: Almost everyone always says that they want to be multilingual but never get around to doing it. Duolingo is an app that can help change that. It guides the users learn dozen of languages using games and quizzes, providing with some social aspects too. It also acts as an easy mobile pastime, far better than scrolling through endless social feeds.
I feel happier already…
All the above being said it is really important to understand that only you can help yourself reach your annual goals. But then again these apps are a good way to start – and if they don’t align with your system, feel free to try dozens of other apps, similar ones too. So if you’re just trying to figure out how to begin, well for the first time looking into your smartphone for encouragement might be the right course of action.