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Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with the help of your tech

This is it. You’ve got your resolutions for the new year lined up. This is going to be the year that you finally stick to your goals of doing better with your time, money and health. You’re going to exercise more, take more time for you and resist the birthday cakes in the office break room.

Then, reality hits. You get back into the swing of things after the holiday break, fall back into your old habits and convince yourself that your daily venti caramel mocha won’t hurt you after all. Well, the good news is, you’re not alone. According to studies, 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions break them by February.

This year, set yourself up for resolution success with the help of your tech. Here’s some ways your devices can help you meet your goals:

Goal: Save more money.

Whether you want to save money so that you can take an amazing trip this year, or to focus more on planning for your future, there are many apps that can help you achieve your financial goals. Mint is a popular choice for its easy-to-use budget creator and the ability to see how you’re spending your money all in one place. You can also set custom alerts to let you know if you’re going over your budget in a particular area, so you’ll be less tempted to purchase yet another pair of shoes you really don’t need.

Goal: Put down the cookies.

After the nonstop smorgasbord of sugar-filled treats that comes along with the holiday season, many of us are ready to get back to healthy eating — and slimmer waistlines. The MyFitnessPal app is a great place to start. With its database of over 6 million different foods and super simple interface, MyFitnessPal makes keeping a food diary something that can take less than 5 minutes out of your day. Plus, it connects with over 50 other apps, so you can sync it up with your fitness tracker device.

Goal: Get off the couch.

Sure, it can be hard to resist the allure of the latest binge-worthy series on Netflix, but getting up and active more often will pay off in the long run. A wearable fitness tracker like the Fitbit Flex is an easy way to make exercise part of your daily routine. It tracks your activity throughout the day, as well as reminds you to get up and move around if you’ve been sitting too long. The Fitbit Flex also automatically tracks your sleep, so you can set goals for better rest as well.

Goal: Learn something new every day.

The internet is a wealth of information, and your devices can help to bring that information to life right at your fingertips.

Whip up new culinary delights: With the Google Home Hub, you can watch instructional videos for new recipes hands-free while you’re in the kitchen pretending to be a Top Chef.

Duolingo App

Speak a new language:  Download the Duolingo app onto your phone and broaden your vocabulary by learning a few new words in a different language in less than 20 minutes a day

Listen and learn: Subscribe to educational podcasts on your Android or iOS devices – there’s a podcast out there for just about every topic you can imagine. A great one to start with that covers a range of random factoids is Stuff You Should Know.

Goal: Make a difference in the world.

Changing the world doesn’t take a huge commitment or a lot of money – it’s really more about all of the small things you can do that add up to make a big impact. For example, Lyftoffers the ability to “Round Up & Donate.” With each ride you take, the transaction amount is rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference is donated to one of nine charities. To opt-in to this feature, go to the Lyft app’s settings menu.

Enjoy exercising? What about giving back while exercising? You can do just that with the Charity Miles app. Simply sign-up for this free app, choose the charity you’d like to support, and then log your movement into the app. Based on how far you go, you’ll earn money for your charity just by using the app! The donations come from corporate sponsors of the Charity Miles app.

Goal: Take more time for you.

With everything going on in our lives, it’s a great goal to set aside a few minutes each day to just focus on your own well-being.
The Headspace app offers meditation techniques to help you maintain your mental and physical health, and helps you to relax or stay focused.

Another great way to take time for yourself is to occasionally unplug – check out our 7 essential tips for achieving tech life balance.

As it is with most goals in our lives, the key to success with your resolutions is starting small. Focus on the things that you have the power to change, and set obtainable targets. Everything achieved beyond that will just be the cherry on the ice cream sundae of life.