We’re probably all tired of New Year, New You but something happens when the calendar rings in a new year. We want to be new and improved and make this year better than the last. But did you know that most people start giving up on their resolutions by the 12th of January?
Not only have I rounded up the most popular New Year’s resolutions but I’ve included ways to ensure you keep them. And before you inquire about what type of sorcery I’ve used, the answer is simple – there are apps for that.
🍽️Lose weight & 💪Get fit
If like me, you overindulged on the Christmas cake in that you ate all of it, you may want to lose a bit of weight and probably get fit.
- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) gives you great results in a shorter amount of time, but be warned although some workouts are only 7 minutes long, the idea is to push yourself. Swork It allows you to select your goal and then suggests workouts. Get in on Android or iOS.
- Lose It! is an app that helps you keep track of your weight by either searching, scanning a barcode or taking a picture of what you eat. It also tracks your activity and integrates with most fitness trackers. Get it on Android or iOS.
If you’re looking for a fitness tracker to get started, check out Chani’s Fitbit Ionic review . I highly recommend counting steps if you’re just getting started, you’ll be surprised at how little you actually do.
🎓 Learn a new language or skill
The New Year is all about self-improvement and what better way to do so that to learn a new language or skill? I’ve rounded up a list of the best free language apps here, but my go-to app has to be DuoLingo.
I once read that following the 50:30:20 rule when it comes to money can help you be financially stable and this is what I do. 50% of your income goes to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to savings. If that seems like hard work, an easier way to track your expenditure and work out your savings would be to use Money Lover.
📖 Read more
I’ve been a huge fan of Blinkist, an app that summarises non-fiction books, for ages.While I love reading, I don’t always have time to read all the books I’d like to. Blinkist summarises non-fiction books that you can either read or listen to.
The free version gives you a book a day, the Plus version($49.99 pa)) gives you unlimited access while Premium ($79.99 pa) allows you to read and listen to all the books in the library. Get Blinkist on Android or iOS.
If you’re ever unsure of what to read, check out our monthly TechGirl Book Club where I review a non-fiction book that will help you improve your life.
If you’d rather stick to fiction, check out The Book Case, a monthly subscription box that not only has a latest YA release but has goodies to go with it too.
🏢Change career, get a new job
Download LinkedIn. Yes really. While endorsing skills is still a thing (No Chad, I don’t think your PowerPoint prezo skills are that impressive), LinkedIn has come a long way. Search for your dream job easily, see how many people have already applied and more.
❤️ Be nicer, kinder and more patient
It’s easier to be nice when you are relaxed. Try out meditation with Headspace or Calm (I switch between the two and am currently using Headspace). When I first started I only did about 5 minutes a day for about 3 months and I could feel a difference. Get Headspace on Android or iOS.
💤 Get more sleep
While it is very important to switch off before bed (avoid screen time an hour before bed), Unwind will help you sleep soundly. Music is influenced by your heartbeat to ensure that it is tailored just for you. Visit this website with your smartphone.