Making New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year when we have taken a good hard look at 2017 and determined we need to make some changes for the new year. I am one who has never been good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. It seems I always start off well and as the months go along I slowly slip right back into my old routines and habits.  That’s not to say that I’ve always been unsuccessful in keeping my resolutions, it’s just been few and far between. It’s well-known that New Year’s resolutions aren’t always as easy to maintain as they seem.

According to data pulled by Google, the top 2017 resolutions were to get healthy, organized, live life to the fullest, learn new hobbies, spend less/save more, travel and read more. These sounded like pretty common resolutions to me, and I can’t imagine 2018 being much different. I’ve scoured the Internet and put together a list of the top five apps that might be helpful on your journey to hold true to your resolutions for 2018.


Want to get organized? Meet do.list, a place to prioritize your tasks, organize your life and make lists.  This app is built for our busy personal lives. It uses a new prioritization approach, prioritizing tasks into today, tomorrow or later categories. Organize your life using one of the 30 specifically-tailored life lists like groceries, books to read or add a new list of your own. When you need to give a task a due date, add it to the due dates list and you’ll get a reminder when it’s due. Choose the notification that works for you. Get daily quotes, productivity tips, reminders and motivational inspiration.

7-minute workout

Researchers have selected 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds, with 10 second rest intervals. This high intensity training with little rest results in higher daily metabolism, and is the equivalent of working out for over an hour for only slightly more than 7 minutes. The exercises are simple to perform and do not require any equipment, and therefore can be done anywhere.

Couch to 5K

This app was one of the leading apps in 2017 and continues to be one of the top ten training apps. If your goal this year is to make it start to finish through a 5k race, this might be the app for you. It  actually has a coach that talks to you during your workouts. You’ll spend just 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week for nine weeks, and you’ll be ready to finish your first 5k race.


This app might not motivate you to get off the couch and travel, but I do believe it will help you make the most of your travels. Any time we travel, we often miss out on a lot of sites that are just a short distance from our path because we are not aware of the attractions. Whether you’re planning a trip across the U.S. or just a weekend getaway, with this app you’re always 5 minutes away from something exciting. Discover places like local diners, roadside attractions or scenic points, national parks and hotels. You can plan trips directly from the app or on the web at, then share them with friends who can add suggestions to your trip.

Productive – Habit Tracker

This free tool helps build a routine of life changing habits. You can set personal goals, track your progress and motivate yourself to achieve those goals. This app helps you plan and schedule your habits and includes smart reminders as well as provide useful feedback.

This year give yourself an extra boost of confidence by trying out one of the apps to help you achieve your New Year’s resolution. Regardless of how last year was for you, I’d like to leave you with this thought. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis