Three Solid Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
It’s that time of year again, when Internet-dwelling humans solemnly swear to be better people—to go outside more, save money, and learn Mandarin.
Unfortunately, research predicts that most people will abandon their 2014 New Year’s resolutions, instead spending their free time laughing Beavis and Butthead-style at videos of cats pushing over babies.
Don’t succumb to this fate. Try out these three apps to stick to your goals.
Most self-improvement apps are overambitious and convoluted. Lift, on the other hand, offers a simplified, tailored approach to your goals. Users can subscribe to multiple-step regimes that help you achieve everything from small life improvements (like going to sleep by midnight), to more lofty ideals (like finding happiness). You’re encouraged to check in each time you complete a step for a goal. The idea is that users will create a supportive community, encouraging others to stay disciplined by offering “props” for check-ins. The app tracks your habits in relation to your goal, sending reminders (if you want them), and charting your progress. The social aspect of Lift is meant to encourage its participants (though my one complaint is that I’m forced to read a stream of grating humblebrags every time I open the app).
Overall, Lift’s main strength is its vast number of programs: Read for 30 minutes, train for a 5K marathon, meditate, floss—your possibilities to become a less useless human being are endless.