Stick to your reading goals

Bookout (iOS – free)

A common New Year resolution is a vow to read a new book every week and Bookout could keep your literary motivation high. You can set goals for how much time you want to spend reading (or how many books) and track your progress over the year. Its social features may also turn you into a bookworm bragger before 2017 is done.

Organise your writing

Bear (iOS – free)

Bear is great for anyone looking to start 2017 with a fresh page. Whether you’re writing short notes, longer pieces or even that long-planned novel, its simple-but-slick interface helps you concentrate on tapping in your thoughts, then organising them so they’re easy to come back to at a later date.

Sort out your security

1Password (Android/iOS – free)

High-profile hack attacks were a feature of 2016, so one of your more useful New Year resolution might be to improve your online security. 1Password generates strong passwords for you to use online and stores them securely, accessible through a single password (hence the name).


Stick to all your resolutions

Streaks (iOS – £2.99)

Streaks is the perfect app to keep you on all the straight and narrow paths you’ve chosen for 2017, whether it’s a daily run, drinking more water or eating more healthily. You set up to six daily tasks then let the app know when you’ve completed each one, notching up daily “streaks” as you go. A simple way to keep on track.

Practise mindfulness

Simple Habit (Android/iOS – free trial)

Meditation and mindfulness has quietly become a popular smartphone genre, with Simple Habit one of the best apps to launch in 2016. It aims to get you meditating for five minutes a day, with tracks focused on different situations such as commuting or getting to sleep. After a free trial, it costs £8.99 a month as an in-app subscription.

Learn a language

Memrise (Android/iOS – free)

Memrise is an inventive spin on language-learning apps, turning the process into part game and part story. French, Spanish, German and a host of other languages are supported, with an optional £6.99 monthly subscription providing more features and an offline mode.


Keep a digital diary

Momento (iOS – free)

If you’ve tried and failed to establish a daily diary habit, Momento may be worth trying. It does some of the work for you, pulling in your posts from Facebook, Instagram and other social apps. You can write extra notes and save important photos, building up an archive of what you’ve done, where you’ve been and what you were thinking at the time.

Go to more gigs

Dice (Android/iOS – free)

Dice is one of the best ways to jog you out of only seeing bands you liked when you were 18. It recommends concerts by emerging artists and learns your preferences over time. Plus the tickets are sold within the app, so no bits of paper to lose before your night out.

Get out jogging

C25K (Android/iOS – free)

Those experienced at keeping New Year resolutions know that a concrete goal is always best. For example, aiming to complete a 5k run is better than a vague vow simply to run more. C25K is a carefully crafted app with a program of runs that will take you from a Christmas Day turkey-coma to a 5k run by the end of February.

Track your fertility cycle

Clue (Android / iOS – free)

Clue is one of a number of apps that tracks women’s fertility cycles, aiming to help spot the patterns – whether you’re trying to get pregnant or just want a better sense of when your next period is due. It also helps you track exercise and sleep patterns – with the welcome promise of “no butterflies, euphemisms or pink”.

Get more sleep

Sleepfulness (Android/iOS – free)

A mindfulness app with a specific goal: getting you a full eight hours (or at least, however many you need) of sleep every night. It’s a collection of audio tracks designed to help you drop off, including (via in-app purchase) extra packs for specific issues such as anxiety and pain. It’s a spin-off of the meditation app Buddhify, which is also worth a try.

Find new podcasts

Pocket Casts (Android/iOS – £2.99)

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to make better use of your commuting or travel time, podcasts may be the answer. And yes, there is more to the podcasting world than Serial. Pocket Casts is one of the best ways to discover new podcasts from around the world, then download them for offline listening.

Get to grips with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s Pocket Universe (iOS – £5.99)

If your New Year resolution is to finally make your way through Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, take a look at this app from his publisher, Penguin. From space-time to black holes, this is an accessible way into Hawking’s work, with visuals to help you through some of the more… difficult bits.

Learn an instrument

Yousician (Android/iOS – free trial)

A vow to learn an instrument is a common New Year resolution and a new wave of apps can teach you not only the basics of piano, guitar and other instruments, but also “listen” to your efforts and highlight errors. Yousician is an excellent mix of video lessons and game-like practising. It’s free to try, with a £14.99 monthly subscription for full access.

Learn to code

Lrn (iOS – free)

Boldly going into 2017 with the intention of becoming an expert programmer from scratch might be a little overambitious, but Lrn could be a good way of stretching your brain cells. It is one of a number of learn-to-code apps that breaks up its lessons – in HTML, JavaScript, Python and other languages – into bitesize quizzes.

Try out new recipes

Kitchen Stories (Android/iOS – free)

If you want to jog yourself out of cooking the same five meals in 2017 – and find some healthy alternatives – Kitchen Stories is a good place to start. It’s a collection of recipes with new ones to try every week and video tutorials that are an excellent way of gauging how difficult a recipe is before you start making it.

Let AI help you get organised

Gluru (Android – free)

Gluru is a fascinating spin on the to-do list genre: it claims to use AI technology to dig into your email and productivity apps, and create tasks for you, predicting what you will need to do next. It’s early days for this technology, but it is worth a try.

Get more active and relaxed

Spire (Android/iOS – free)

Like Fitbit, Spire is an activity-tracking gadget as well as an app. Clipped on to your waist, it measures your breathing as well as your steps, with the aim of understanding how calm you are as well as how much exercise you’re getting. The results may help you think about when you get stressed and how to address the reasons.

Give your diet a health boost

Shoptimix (Android / iOS – free)

This is a shopping-list app, but it’s also perfect for anyone trying to eat more healthily in 2017. You can use it to identify food and drink in several categories, from healthier ingredients for kids to good buys for a vegan lifestyle. It’s quick and easy to use, with sharing features to co-ordinate with your family or housemates.

Spend less time on your smartphone

BreakFree (Android/iOS – free)

The irony of a roundup of apps for New Year’s resolutions in 2017 is that many people might be trying to spend less time lost in their mobile. But BreakFree may be able to help: it tracks how much you’re using your smartphone and presents you with the evidence that (hopefully) helps you to spend more time in the real world.

Author: Stuart Dredge
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/01/best-apps-new-year-resolutions-2017

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New year’s here; time to start revving up for 2013. Year in, year out, we make resolutions to better ourselves in terms of getting rid of poor habits, picking up good ones, taking better care of ourselves and the people around us, learning to manage our lives better etc.


The good news is that in this age of smartphones, we can actually use our smartphones to help us achieve these resolutions. We’ve compiled 40 iOS apps that you can use for free, to help out with your New Year resolutions. Some feature productivity enhancement traits, others help you to watch your finances and your health, and if you have a habit to kick, there’s an app for that too.

There’s no better way to celebrate a renewed year with the right spirit to take on the next batch of challenges. Here’s to a fruitful 2013 ahead. Onward to the list!

Save More Money

Can’t seem to save enough money to buy yourself all those awesome geeky stuff you really must have? Looks like you need your very own financial advisor, like the ones below.

Toshl Finance

This all-in-one finance manager syncs with all your devices with an account on their website. You can track your expenses and view your budget to ensure you’re not overspending. It also has the option to add bills so that you get reminded of those due dates.

Toshl Finance


For a more business-focused app, Concur can help keep track of and manage travel expenses. Set different currencies and manage hotels or flight plans for overseas travel. You can then generate an expense report when you return home.



With Expensify, you can sync your credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases with real-time updates. It’ll be able to track transactions via eReceipts; otherwise you can take pictures of paper receipts, and with that information be able to generate a expense report.



HelloWallet allows you to track multiple bank account balances. It also gives you a summary of your budget progress and can average out your spending trends based on categories you’ve created.


Mint.com Personal Finance

Mint allows you to add multiple type of bank accounts to your account on their website. You can add your personal bank, credit, loan and retirement account to Mint and it’ll automatically retrieve transactions as you make them.


Bills & Accounts Manager

When you have many little ‘accounts’ like rent, phone or cleaning services, then you can manage them with this app. Manage bills for each of these little accounts and remind you when it’s time to pay via SMS or email.

Bills Monitor

With Bills Monitor, you can easily categorize and manage your bills. You can view weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly reports on your spending in each category and view due dates on the in-app calendar.

Bills Monitor


MoneyPad is a simpler way to manage your budget and expenses. You can set a monthly budget for each category and be able to view if you’ve exceeded your expenses.


Pageonce – Money and Bills

Pageonce not only allows you to to connect your bank, credit card and investments accounts, but also allows you to pay bills with their app. You can track your spending and bills then get reminders to pay those bills within the secure app.


Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker

If you want to keep track of your spending through receipts, Shoeboxed allows you to take pictures of your receipts where it will automatically extract the store and expenditure information.


Visual Budget

Visual Budget allows you to manage expenses of different accounts simultaneously and sort them into different groups at the same time for easier management. You can also set recurring transactions such as your Internet or phone bill.

Visual Budget

Eat And Live Healthier

Not too long ago, we featured health-related apps you can download on your iPhone. Here are more apps to add to that list.

Sworkit – Circuit Training Workouts

For easy to do home workouts, Sworkit comes with a few moves and instructions for both strength training and yoga. You then set the amount of time you want to work out for, and it’ll provide a simple workout program for you.


Whole Foods Market Recipes

If eating healthy is the goal of your New Year, then this app will give you the information and recipes you need to start eating healthy. It features diary free, fat free, gluten free and many other healthier-than-usual recipes to suit your needs.

Whole Foods

The Eatery

Want a reason to take pictures of your food? This app encourages you to do so and allows your friends to rate what you’re eating. It also keeps track of what you eat and ensures you’re on a good overall diet.


Restaurant Nutrition

If you’re not one to cook at home and find yourself eating out a lot, this app will give you the nutrition information of food you can get in popular restaurants.

Restaurant Nutrition

My Diet Diary

With this app, you can track your weight loss by inputting food, exercise, weight and water consumption information. It will then take these information and determine if you’re on the right path to losing weight.

My Diet Diary


If you’re closely watching what you eat, this app suggests that you have a 40%-30%-30% ratio intake of carbohydrates, protein and fat in grams. Keying in this information from the packet of food you’re eating will determine if what you’re eating is nutritious or not.



Juice allows you to track your sleep, diet and exercise to help you change the way you use your daily supply of energy. It gives you tips to help better the usage of your energy and has weekly reports to track how well you’re progressing.


Calorie Counter by FatSecret

This app has a barcode scanner and a database of all the nutritious info of food with barcodes. It helps you keep track of your meals, exercise and weight to help you get healthier faster.

Calorie Counter

DailyBurn Tracker

DailyBurn features a combination of tracking your food and calories, and also provides workout and training plans to help you achieve your health goals.


Make Or Break Habits

During this New Year, if your goal is to break a bad habit like smoking or drinking, we’ve got some apps to help you. Need to pick up a new habit? We got that too.

Habit Maker Habit Breaker

All you have to do is add a habit and then decide if you want to ‘make’ it or ‘break’ it. You then start tracking by tapping the happy or sad face – happy if you succeed, sad if you do not – then watch your progress with charts and graphs.

Habit Breaker


Kickit is an app designed to help you quit smoking by showing you financial incentives. By saving up on the cigarettes you are not buying, you can see an estimate of how many more days are left before you can buy that thing you have been eyeing.



Quitter is an app to break bad habits that cost you money. It could be smoking or a constant craving of junk food. You can see how much you’ve saved each day, add pictures to motivate you and share your progress on social networking sites.


Since iQuit

If you have a bad smoking habit, then this app may be able to motivate you through each day by showing you how much time and money you’ve saved since you quit smoking.

Way Of Life

This is a habit-building app to help you identify and track your habits with charts and notes. You can then share these charts with others to ensure you’re on the right path of building a good habit.

Way Of Life


Bloom will inspire you to create good habits and make better choices as it reminds you to do productive things throughout your day. You can also add pictures and it’ll show them to you via reminders as a way of self-motivation.


Be More Productive

With only 24-hours in a day, these apps could help you be more productive by better managing your time and daily to-do tasks throughout each day.


30/30 is a simple app that helps you keep track of the tasks that you should be doing. You set up a list of tasks and allocate a specific time for each task. Once the timer for the first task starts, it will tell you to move on to the next task once the time of the first task finishes.



We’ve done an in-depth look of Any.DO before, but it needs to be on this list. Having a to-do list and setting deadlines for each list item can help you manage your time better and not miss out on any important tasks. Not only does it work across iOS and Android devices, it’s now integrated into Gmail and you can set reminders right from your mailbox.


Cozi Family Organizer

If most of the members on your family have an iOS device, this app will be able to share family calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists and family journals. Everyone logs in to one account with their own email address and will be able to see daily tasks that each person has to do.


Errands To-Do List

Here’s a simple to-do list that enables you to plan out the entire month ahead of you. It also comes with a wide range of image icons to be used together with individual tasks. You can also email individual tasks or folders of tasks as a way to share the information with others.


Intuition: Mom’s Assistant

If you’re a busy supermom and need to get a million things done in a day, this app will help you organize a to-do list which you can share with family members via email. You can also get reminders and notifications of nearby locations which can help you complete your errands.

Mom's Assistant

Organizer To-Do

Another to-do list organizer that will help you manage your daily tasks easier. You can color-code tasks, sort by priorities or due dates, organize tasks by folders and show a number badge on the home screen icon to easily tell how many tasks you have each day.



A reminder app that allows you to set an alarm that repeats each minute, hour or day until you actually complete the task, kinda like having a mom-style virtual assistant who can’t stop nagging you to get your stuff together. You can also share reminders with others via email.


Remember The Milk

This app works really well with the features on their website. With an account on their website, you can set reminders via email, SMS and instant messenger. It also syncs and backs up whatever information you add to your mobile device to the web account.

Remember The Milk


Todoist is a productivity app that helps organize your tasks and works well with your desktop browser or Android device. It also works well with services like Gmail and you can get notification reminders via SMS or email.


Schedule Planner

This to-do app allows for integration with the iOS calendar or Google Calendar. You can easily plan your day by color-coded categories. At the end of the day, you get a colorful diagram that tells you how you spent your time each day.

Schedule Planner

Look For A Better Job

Feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in your career? Maybe these job search apps can help you get a new, better job you want to get up out of bed for.


If you’re looking for a job and want an online presence of your skills, then go to LinkedIn and create an account immediately. This app will help you get job-related notifications wherever you are.


Interview Skill

This app has resources for interview skills to help you get through different questions that the interviewer might ask. You get tips via text, audio and video which you can listen and even watch on the app.

Interview Skills

Job Search

Based on the job search site Indeed.com, this is the iPhone app where you can look for jobs wherever you go.

Job Search

Jobsite Jobs

Here’s one for UK readers. The UK website Jobsite.co.uk app allows you to search for jobs by skills, location or job type. Results can be sort by relevance, date or salary which you can save into your account. Job applications have to be done via the website.

Jobsite Jobs

Author:  Brian Voo

Source:  http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/new-year-resolution-ios-apps

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