Every year, as the calendar days tick on and it gets closer to the 31st of December, I start to think about the year behind me and what’s ahead. The passing of one year and start to the next is an arbitrary reminder to reflect and resolve to make better decisions going forward. Whether we start eating healthier on December 31st or January 1st doesn’t make much difference, but there’s something about a New Year’s resolution that makes decisions feel more meaningful. New Year’s resolutions carry more weight than a normal goal; momentum builds in self-discipline and we feel committed to new promises.
About 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, but only 9.2% of people feel successful in achieving those resolutions. Our commitment holds strong through January and maybe even February. But as the winter drags on and we endure cold days of March, it starts to feel a little more challenging sticking to that new gym membership or diet plan. Leaving the house for anything the last few weeks of winter can be arduous. Temptations taunt us and it’s easy to collapse all hopes of seeing a resolution through to Spring time, let alone the end of the year.
Well, this year we’re here to help you stick to those New Year’s resolutions. Accomplishing anything on your own can be tough, so we’ve found 6 apps to help you out along the way.
ClassPass: For Your Workout Motivation
The number one New Year’s resolution in America is to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is to get active—but gyms are repetitive and lack the leadership or third-party discipline we need to stick with it. That’s where ClassPass comes in. Download the app to your phone, sign up for a monthly membership, and find hundreds of classes in your area. From Zumba to Pilates, spin to kickboxing—there’s something for everyone.
Tasty: To Become A Better Cook
If you’re a millennial and you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a handful of cooking videos produced by the company Tasty—fun, easy recipes put together under a bird’s eye view camera. Well, the popular website also has an app. You can use the app to search all kinds of recipes, and find dishes that use the items you already have in your fridge at home. Plug in the ingredients you have on hand, and the app spits back a number of tasty meals you can make without having to go grocery shopping.
MyFitnessPal: To Keep Your Fitness Goals In Check
So you’ve got the workout classes and the healthy meals, now you need some way to keep track of everything. Accountability is key to accomplishing weight loss goals, and MyFitnessPal acts as your personal record keeper to help you on your journey. Plug in your height, weight, and weight loss goal and the app provides you a daily caloric intake target. Log food you eat and workouts you complete and the app tells you how much you have left to consume in order to stay on track. You can see how you’re doing against your goal and even get daily reminders to log in and stay healthy.
Daily Budget: To Keep Your Bank Account Happy
The holidays can be rough on your wallet. After shopping for Christmas gifts, buying holiday party outfits, and booking transportation home your bank account might be in a fragile state. Before you stress out, take a breath and download Daily Budget, an app that will help get your personal finances back on track. Input regular monthly expenses to see your daily disposable income. Open the app each day to log expenses—from groceries to a night out with friends. Daily Budget lets you know how you’re tracking against budget goals and sends you reminders to keep on top of things. It won’t save you from an unexpected bar tab bill, but it will remind you to spend less the next day as you nurse your hangover.
Headspace: To Become A Better Meditator
Adulting is hard, and life can get stressful. Regular meditation can help clear your mind so you can take a break from it all. Whether on the subway during your morning commute, or in the privacy of your own bedroom—meditation provides a much needed break in our hectic lives. Headspace: Meditation helps you practice regular mindfulness and teaches the essentials of living a healthier, happier life. This app helps you build healthier relationships, find a place of calm during meltdown moments, and even improve your game with Headspace Sports.
Productive: For Keeping Better Habits
This app has a little something for everyone. So whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, get active, keep a budget, or something else completely, Productive’s got your back. Use this app to set personal goals, track your progress, and motivate yourself. Build a routine of habits set to a schedule throughout the day. Push notification reminders make sure you’re sticking with your goals, and feedback from the app acts as an extra motivator.
Bonus: Bedly, For Better Apartment Hunting
As you’re writing out your resolutions for 2018, don’t forget to commit to better housing. Gone are the days of dealing with brokers and hidden fees. Resolve to never put together Ikea furniture again, or lug heavy furniture up fifth-floor walk-ups. In 2018, make a resolution to use Bedly for your house hunting—find flexible, on-demand apartments in New York City and Boston. Move from apartment-to-apartment within the Bedly network. All you have to bring is your stuff—furniture, bedding, and kitchen supplies will all be waiting for you at arrival.
The New Year can be a great time to think about self-improvement and set new goals for yourself. But if you slip up in February, don’t be discouraged from starting anew in March. Self-betterment can happen any time of year, all that’s important is that we’re honest with our goals and forgiving of ourselves when we make mistakes.
Happy 2018 from all of us at Bedly!
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