January 5, 2016

Tek Shouts! Rings In The New Year With These Top Resolution Apps



















By Courtney E.

It’s the start of a New Year, which means it’s time to come up with the perfect resolutions to kick off 2016. We all strive to better ourselves year in and year out, but sometimes we need a little extra help to maintain or accomplish those resolutions. 

Tek Shouts! has reviewed some of the top apps that make sure you stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, fall in love or be more successful; these apps just might be the most important tool when it comes to achieving your goals.



StickK


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This free app strives to help people accomplish their goals with methods that are both fun and proven to work. StickK requires users to sign a commitment contract, which is ultimately just an agreement you make with yourself to ensure that you follow through with your resolutions. 

Once you have your contract, you can then create any type of goal you want. Now, here is where things start to get interesting. Everyone’s different, that’s why it’s up to you to determine what you think it will take to achieve your goal. 

StickK offers users the choice between supporters who cheer you on, a “referee” who verifies your reports, or even the possibility of losing money. 


StickK’s data shows that choosing either a referee or financial stakes increase your chance for success by up to 3 times.  Time to put your money where your mouth is, folks.

21Habit
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21Habit is available for purchase ($0.99) for both iOS and Android users. The concept is pretty simple. You think of a habit you’d like to break and then create your own 21-day challenge by depositing $21. For each day you are successful, you get your dollar back. Every day you fail, 21Habit donates your dollar to one of several charities.  

This is what they like to call “committed mode.”

There is, however, a free mode which allows you to create your own 21-day challenge at no charge. Users can check in every day to track progress and start or stop a new habit at any time. Rest assured, you can withdraw any remaining funds (anything not forfeited) at any time - but where’s the fun in that? 

Resolution 2016

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This app is simple, yet completely necessary. Resolution 2016 is an app that helps you track your New Year’s resolutions. Throughout the year, you go on and check the status of resolutions you made in December last year. For each resolution, you can add tasks to do which helps users keep working towards their goal. 

This app also sets reminders to ensure that you never miss a task.  Whenever you complete a task, it gets moved to your accomplished list. This shows what you have done to keep your resolution and will help users stay motivated. Lastly, you can grade yourself based on how well you are keeping those resolutions. This encourages users to stay honest and help see where to put more attention. 

Very basic; but it gets the job done.

Beeminder


Last but not least, the Beeminder app. Same concept as the StickK app, but with a twist. Beeminder is a goal tracking system that forms your progress along the way. Establish a goal you can graph, such as weight, number of pushups completed, etc. and reply with data when Beeminder prompts you.

One of my favorite features of this app is that it works with FitBit, RescueTime, Gmail, RunKeeper and other useful programs to report data automatically. Just another cool way to use that awesome FitBit you got for Christmas! 

Beeminder will then plot your progress on a yellow brick road to your goal. If you keep all your data points on the road, then Beeminder will always be free.  However, go off the road and be prepared to literally pay the price. 

Start by setting a graphable goal. Your contract commits you to pay the pledge if you go off track, but the first time is free. Report your number when Beeminder asks or connect one of the previously mentioned devices to report automatically. If you go off the road, it resets at your current value and you get a week’s break before being back on the hook at a higher pledge amount.  The Wizard of Oz had it right all along, stay on the yellow brick road and you’re golden. 

As we welcome the New Year, let’s reflect on the year that has passed and, in turn, strive to make 2016 even better. New Year’s resolutions can be challenging, difficult and even unbearable at times. But with the right tools (and attitude, of course), we can all achieve our goals to become the best possible version of ourselves. Here’s to 2016!

Have you tried any of these apps for your New Year’s resolutions? Let the Tek Team know in the comment section about your experience!

2 comments:

  1. Really its a nice idea..I will download and use it..

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    1. Good morning, Praveen!

      Which app exactly were you going to try? We would love to hear about your experience with whichever app you choose! Please let us know if they help you keep up with your goals.

      Thanks,

      The Tek Team

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