14 Apps That Will Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions On Track
It's 2015—of course there are a ton of apps that will help you keep your New Year's resolutions. If you don't yet have a resolution for the New Year, then this is your final boarding call, because, well, it's already January now, so get on it. Don't worry, you and your paralyzing indecision are probably not alone. I think we all suffer a little bit from performance pressure when it comes to making resolutions, because we want to make sure that whatever we commit to is meaningful, even if it isn't the most original idea on the planet. Odds are that you broke your resolution for 2014 long ago—but that's no reason to think this year's will be a bust. The key is finding a way to keep track of your progress, and the easiest way to do that is by using an app to help you stick to your resolution, naturally. We have the technology, you guys.
I don't know how much space you have left on your phone (I'm not one to judge; Deleting pictures of food to make room for more pictures of food is a struggle I face on a daily basis), but I do know that it's worth it to make room for these apps if you're the type of person who is likely to do a better job sticking to your resolution when held accountable by a machine. Here are a few that you should download today to help you out tomorrow:
Whether you're just starting out running or you made a resolution to improve your times and distances in the New Year, MapMyRun is a handy app that tracks and saves your routes, records your times, and helps you connect with other runners while you're training for anything from a 5K to an ultra-marathon.
If you want to spend more mindfully in 2015, Expensify helps you track your finances by syncing your credit card statements and letting you take pictures of receipts from cash transactions. This is especially handy if you have the kind of job where you need to be reimbursed. You can easily compile data into a report and send it off for free.
The Fitocracy app turns fitness into a game, and anyone can use it, no matter what their experience level. It adapts a fitness plan based on your skill level and lets you unlock badges every time you make progress.
4. Period Tracker
I actually had a former co-worker talk me into this one, and my uterus owes her big time. If you are someone who is constantly SURPRISED by mother nature and have always thought that you have a cycle too erratic to predict, it turns out you just might not be on a regular 28-day cycle, and if you start plugging it into an app, you'll see patterns you wouldn't otherwise see. After three cycles, this app gets scary good at predicting your next visit from Aunt Flow. This might not be a New Year's resolution you specifically made this year, but shouldn't we all have a resolution for this kind of peace of mind?
5. My Last Cigarette
This is an app that's been around for awhile, and for good reason—it doesn't just track your progress, but your cravings and circulation and nicotine levels, and plenty of other factors that also crop up when you quit smoking. It doesn't just have you senselessly track progress, it guides you along the way.
This app is along the same vein as My Last Cigarette, but it encompasses any bad habit that you're trying to quit. Not only does it track your progress, but as an extra motivational boost it also tracks the money you've saved since quitting.
Equanimity is a meditation app that times your daily meditation, and tracks how much you have meditated over time. It's a good reminder to relax with your thoughts when you can.
Bloom is pretty much an all-encompassing happiness app that will keep you sane no matter what you're up against. You can set goals in any domain your life and it will track them with a blooming tree, and send reminders or even wake you up when you've scheduled it. You can even schedule it to send you happy things throughout the day.
This app blocks social media and other distracting sites that keep you from finishing tasks at hand, but be careful what you wish for! Once it's activated you can't turn it off until the scheduled time. They mean business.
The Evernote app helps you keep track of progress on everything from small ideas to huge projects, collecting all the little notes, images, and ideas that you feed it and helping you turn it into a cohesive result. Perfect for everything from staying organized at work to that novel you always thought about writing.
This app describes itself as "intelligent time assistance," holding you accountable to spending time in all of the domains in your life—not just for work, but for personal, creative, and family time as well. It syncs your schedules and sends you reminders on which tasks need completion.
12. Job Search
This is simply Indeed.com formatted for your smart phone, but who says you can't look for your dream job on-the-go? It used to be that Indeed would pop up a really huffy message saying you shouldn't apply for jobs over the phone, but somebody has changed their tune for the better.
Along the same vein as #100HappyDays, this app has you track and record whenever a good thing happens to you, without all the obnoxious sharing on social media. It even offers courses on how to manage stress and set goals for yourself.
14. Zombies, Run!
Look, I'm going to be real with you here: if you're going to get any app in 2015, let it be this one. If you are not a runner ,you will become one. This app is IRRESISTIBLY fun, and I'm not the only one at Bustle who can attest to that. It basically sends you through a guided mission where you evade zombie hoards to pick up supplies for the other surviving humans and are basically praised like the badass you are by mission control the whole way, and it also lets you play your music between storyline intervals. Every runner's dream/nightmare.