New years resolutions are all about sticking to your guns and trying to better yourself for the new year, and there’s no better place to start than with your financials. Mint.com is an app that can help you stay on top of your financials easily and efficiently, by letting you keep track of your recent transactions, giving you high spending alerts when you make big purchases and sending you fee alerts so you aren’t caught off guard. If you need an app to help you stay on budget and keep your financial situation in check, Mint.com is a great tool, and it’s free.
Part of staying on top of your financials means keeping track of your expenses, and if you want a single app to handle that task exclusively, Expense Manager is your go-to. You can set it up for multiple accounts to keep track of literally every expense, use it to take pictures of receipts, get payment alerts, and budget by day, week, month, and year. You can also back things up to your local storage on the SDcard or to the cloud with Dropbox, and Google Drive, and import/export your account activities in CSV for desktop software.
Since the new year is all about the new you, why not learn a new language? Duolingo is the easiest and most effective way to learn a new language on Android and it’s free, and they make the learning process fun by turning the language learning into a game and encouraging you with progress rewards.
Evernote is a great cloud based note application that can help you stay on top of your resolutions by simply remembering them. Sometimes the best reinforcement is jotting things down on paper, or in this case typing them up, as this makes your resolutions more real. Saying you’re going to do something is one thing, but actually typing it up or writing it down gives it some power, and since everything you save within Evernote is saved in the cloud, you’ll never have to worry about losing anything.
If you want to get fit in the new year, Endomondo is a great app/workout tool to help you reach your goals. You can use it to track almost any distance based sport like cycling, running, walking and more. You can also enter workouts for other types of activities manually, and analyze your performance as well as challenging yourself by setting workout goals. The app can help motivate you too by way of the Endomondo community where you can real-time audio pep talks from friends and other members.
Google Fit is another great app to help you get fit and continue being fit. Get active and stay motivated and become more aware of your fitness goals by letting Google Fit track all your fitness activities. It can also help you set goals and reach them by setting goals based off of steps or or duration, and you can see your progress throughout the day and receive performance-based recommendations for each activity goal. It also connects to third party devices to act as a comprehensive view of all your fitness activities and information so you can access it all in one place, and its compatible with Android Wear so if you’re wearing the watch, you can always make sure that Google Fit is keeping a watchful eye.
Staying fit is only half the battle if you’re trying to reinvent yourself physically, you have to make an effort to eat right too. This isn’t always easy, but it becomes a lot easier when you have something to help you plan out your meals for the day, the week or even the month. Food Planner can help you make shopping for the ingredients to your meals a snap, and it allows you to import and manage your recipes from your favorite recipe sites. It also helps you manage your food inventory and save daily and weekly meal plans for use later so you’re one step ahead of your meals.
Keeping your resolutions can be made easier if you know your dates and this is where Sunrise Calendar can help. It’s a free calendar made for Google Calendar, Exchange and iCloud, so you can use it so sync multiple calendars together in one app and make sure you never miss a thing. Just like any other calendar app you can enter in events and other scheduled tasks, and it’s also available on your desktop so even when you’re working whether from your laptop or from your computer at work in the office, all your dates and events are accessible.
If you need a to-do list or task list to help you stay on top of your resolutions, Wunderlist is one of the best solutions for you. Use the app to capture your ideas and collaborate on them with others, share your grocery lists, share your tasks and work projects to ensure you and your team stay on target and plan your vacations with ease. Real-time sync updates your lists so you always know what’s tasks or projects you have coming up and you have them accessible no matter where you are, and you can attach photos or PDFs to make things more visual. You can also create reminders to ensure you never forget anything you’ve entered, and you can even start conversations about to-dolists, checklists or tasks so everyone can comment which can act as a great motivator.
Maybe your new years resolution is to get yourself into a new job or career path, and a great place to start is with putting your name out there and networking with other professionals. LinkedIn can help you with this as it’s a social network of professionals to connect with. You can create, save, and update job profiles on the go, and LinkedIn makes it easy for Employers or recruiters to find you for potential positions in your chosen career path. You can also use LinkedIn to find jobs or careers you like and are interested in and apply.