Resolution makers can get help from apps on tech devices

A University of Scranton study published Dec. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that a quarter of all New Year’s resolutions are abandoned within the first week. Make it past that first week, though, and about half — 46 percent — of all resolutions are still going strong half-way into the new year.

Digital help for sticking to a New Year’s resolution is a click away for smartphone and tablet users. Thousands of apps centered on attaining goals are available for free or for a small fee online. Here are a few to try as a source of inspiration for tackling some of the most common resolutions:

■ Health, diet and fitness resolutions: Count calories, track your heart rate, get workout ideas or set and achieve goals for running speed and distance with apps. My Fitness Pal for Android and Apple devices tracks calories eaten and burned and helps you set a goal for net calories to achieve weight loss. Restaurant Nutrition and Eat This, Not That apps can help you pick out healthy (or at least healthy-ish) foods at home or while dining out. Even a simple pedometer app can be a good start.

■ Getting organized resolutions: This may seem like a trickier resolution for seeking technology’s help. But it all depends on what you want to organize. There are apps for organizing just about anything. Try an app called 52 Organizing Missions for iPad or iPhone to organize everything from time to paperwork to the home. For Android users, check out How to Get Organized Idea and Tips or try Evernote (also available for iPhone and iPad) to get reminders and make lists. Digital calendars, clocks, note and reminder apps can help tremendously with organization, too.

■ Money management resolutions: Whether you want to track expenses, manage debt, get bill reminders, or check on your stocks, there’s an app for that. Most large banks have apps that can get you to your money faster, and stock tickers are available on all devices. Try Mint for personal budgeting or Awesome Debt Tracker Pro for debt and payment information. Both are available for Apple or Android devices.

■ Quitting smoking resolutions: App stores offer a variety of approaches to helping you kick the habit, including counters for how many days it has been since your last puff and how many days of life that has saved you, apps that count up money saved on cigarettes and a surprising number of self-hypnosis apps. Smokefree.gov has smartphone apps for teens and adults, including a Quite Guide; Livestrong.com has the My Quit Coach app on the iPhone App Store; and Get Rich or Die Smoking for Android devices shows what you can afford without the cigs.


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