The best apps to keep your New Year’s resolutions

Over 80 percent of people fail their New Years resolutions in mid-February, and while each certainly has their own contributing factors, there’s a really big reason behind it all: Most people make bad resolutions .

But it is possible to define good ones.

New Year’s resolutions are, in essence, goals, which means they should be framed as goals, not vague and fancy hopes. The key to setting good goals is to make them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. In other words, your resolutions must be clearly defined, stimulating but within your reach, achievable with everything you have right now and with a firm deadline. If you want to write a book next year, your resolution shouldn’t be to write a book – it should be to write 1,000 words (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic commitment) per week (limited time) until ‘until you have finished with a first draft.

Once you’ve set resolutions like this, it’s a lot easier to stick to them, especially when you’re using the right apps to stay on track. Whatever your resolution, there are tools to make it easier to achieve.

Build a habit

Whether you want to make your bed, brush your teeth, cook more often, or hit the gym three times a week, building a habit takes commitment – and an app to track it can really help.

Traces

(iOS, macOS)

The idea behind Streaks is super simple: The more successfully you’ve broken a habit in the past and built a ‘streak’, the harder it is to break it. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and most importantly, beautiful.

Price: $ 5 each for iOS and Mac apps

Way of life

(iOS, Android)

Way of Life goes even further than Streaks. Besides creating ‘chains’, each habit gets a journal so you can take notes on how things are going, and there are also detailed scans so you can see how well you are sticking to. your goals.

Price: free to follow up to three habits; $ 6 for Premium and Unlimited Habits Tracking

Run (any distance)

During the pandemic, running has exploded. With the gyms and fitness studios closed, what could people do other than jog like it was 1979? If you are looking to join the latest incarnation of the original fitness trend, there are a few apps for you.

C25K Trainer

(iOS, Android)

If you haven’t run since you were a kid it can be really terrifying to start. Running can be very uncomfortable, especially if you push yourself too hard at first.

That’s where Couch to 5K comes in: It’s an eight-week plan that allows you to go from sitting on your couch to running (or walking) your first 5K in three workouts. 30 minutes per week. While you don’t need an app to track, C25K Trainer makes it even easier to stick with it by guiding you through each run and tracking your route, distance, and pace.

Lance B. Holton