Resolutions can be tough to maintain, especially a month into the New Year. Make 2016 the year you keep to those NYE promises with these handy apps. From diet and exercise to time management and language learners, there is an app for just about every resolution.
Learn a Language | Duolingo
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Perhaps you’d like to bone up on that high school French. Try Duolingo. Available for Android, Apple, and Windows devices, Duolingo can help teach the user up to 14 languages with fun, short lessons and games that seem more entertainment than educational. The app teaches at the user’s pace, though it will send friendly reminders if you have gone radio silent for a while. Through its “gamification” process, you’ll learn to read, listen, and speak your language of choice, giving you a leg up on that conversational French, Italian, or even Turkish.
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Invest for the Future | Robinhood
If the portfolio is looking a little light headed in 2016, boost those investments with Robinhood. The free stock-trading app available on Android and Apple devices (free for both) was the winner of the Apple Design Award in 2015, and allows users to join the Wall Street hubbub without getting over your head. Fee-free (Robinhood eschews those standard $10 a trade fees), and with no initial investment requirement, the app allows noobs a chance to learn the ins and outs of the market before hitting that invest button.
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Healthy New Year | HealthTap
The age-old “I’m going to be healthier this year…” resolution just got a bit more attainable with HealthTap. An all-encompassing health-care app available on Android and Apple devices is like having a concierge doctor, nutritionist, and health coach in your pocket. HealthTap lets users customize their own personalized action plans with checklists created by doctors to help manage their health and health goals, from living a healthier lifestyle, tracking pregnancy, or managing a chronic condition. The app also offers daily health tips, sends users curated news and apps from HealthTap doctors, is a platform to consolidate your personal health information, and allows users to consult with a doctor live via HD video, 24/7, who can then order lab work, refer you to specialists, or prescribe treatment. With more than 75,000 U.S. doctors in the digital Rolodex to answer pressing medical questions, the app truly gives the user peace of mind.
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Keep it Organized | Listastic
If keeping track of the hundred little things that make up your day seems impossible, try Listastic. Available for Apple products (from the Mac to the Apple Watch and all devices in between; $2.99), Listastic organizes all of life’s to-do’s, from the grocery list to current work assignments, into three sections: active, later, and completed, and can be color-coded, easily shared, and move as needed.
Habit Former | Coach.me
While the myth that it takes 21 days to form a new habit has firmly enveloped popular culture, the truth of the matter is it takes more than two months—66 days according to the study “How are habits formed: Modeling habit formation in the real world.” That’s a long time—if you started right now, you’re looking at mid-March at this point. To help with your new habit-forming resolution, the app Coach.me by Lift Worldwide, available on Android and Apple devices (free with paid upgrades), combines the magic of social networking and daily charts to track when and how often you do an action. Add that to the app’s daily tips, progress reports, and milestone celebrations, managing to wake up on time or floss those teeth will join that daily routine seamlessly.
Stay Focused | Forest
The internet can be like an enchanted forest: just about everything is there in the ether; a wrong turn can have you going down a rabbit hole you’ll not soon escape. Forest hopes to act as that guiding light on your internet travels by keeping focused on the task at hand. Available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices ($.99), as well as Chrome and Firefox, the concept behind Forest is actually pretty simple: simply list certain websites not to visit for a certain amount of time. When you begin working, a small virtual sapling will begin to grow; if you stay focused on the task at hand, not visiting those blacklisted sites or leave the app, the sapling will grow into a small tree. If you do falter, your tree will wither and die. The app helps users develop stronger time management skills, as well as help break those phone addiction issues to boot.