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With the New Year comes a period of self-assessment that most people go through to better themselves. Some choose to create fitness goals to get in better shape. Others desire to amp up their productivity to increase their effectiveness.
Previously, people have had to rely solely on themselves to track their progress. Luckily, today we have many resources at our fingertips to help us achieve our goals for the New Year. Our mobile devices represent one of these resources. You carry, in your pocket, the tools for successful goal achieving.
Here are 5 apps I have found to help me reach my goals.
- MyFitnessPal (Fitness Goals)
MyFitnessPal is a great way to start your year off right. It’s a user-friendly method of tracking your progress and meeting your goals. This app makes sure that your goals are realistic and helps you reach said goals in a healthy way. There is a place where you can create custom goals, log nutrition, track workouts, read inspirational blogs and message your friends for encouragement. I personally have used this app and was even able to connect with a friend as a means of support while we were both trying to get fit and healthier. I found MyFitnessPal easy to use and even fun!
- Duolingo (Language Acquisition)
What better way to start the New Year out right than by learning that language you’ve always wanted to speak! Duolingo provides an amazing app to help you learn a second language. You are able to choose from Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and English. Duolingo gives you a pretest to see how much you already know. This is especially good if you began learning a language in high school and can remember some of the basics. Then you are able to start a program that Duolingo creates for you. The app notifies you when you haven’t been practicing as much as you should, which is helpful for forgetful people like me! All in all, Duolingo is a great app.
- Moment (Social Media Conservation)
The past few years have paved the way to a new addiction: Social Media. While some are able to put down the phone to be present in the moment, others are constantly checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and email. The app called Moment is a perfect way to track your usage and set limits for yourself. You are able to set a certain amount of time you’d like to spend on your phone and the app with notify you during the day as to how much of that time you have used. Moment has a place where you can go to view your progress from the past and plan for new goals you want to set regarding your social media usage. Unfortunately, the Moment app is only available for iOS users.
- Credit Karma (Financial Fitness)
Credit Karma is an easy, free way to manage your credit score and improve your finances. Credit Karma offers tips and suggestions to raise your score, along with comments about changes to your score. This easy-to-use app is great for being aware of what your financial decisions are doing to your credit and how you can improve during the upcoming year.
- Way of Life (Miscellaneous Goal Tracker)
The Way of Life app is a great tool for personal goals you have that may not be associated with a specific app. Way of Life allows you to track your progress for up to 3 goals for free. You have to purchase the advanced app for more access. Each day, the app reminds you to log your goal’s progress. In the graph section of this app, you can easily see how successful you have been following your goals. The only downside is that the Way of Life app is only for iOS users.
Each New Year brings about an opportunity to have a fresh start. There are so many ways that we can accomplish what we set out to do. Our mobile devices have many purposes. With these apps, you can carry with you all of the tools you need to have success with your goals for the New Year. Hopefully these 5 apps help you reach for the stars and achieve great things!