New year, new you, right? Every January, millions of people pledge to take on a challenge to better themselves. But according to the online Goal Setting Guide, 20% of people drop their resolutions after the first month and by July it's estimated that over half of the remaining resolution-keepers give up. Often times it's easier to keep a resolution when you have someone, or something, to hold you accountable. Try out some of these highly recommended apps to keep you on track all year long.
RESOLUTION: SAVE MORE / BETTER MANAGE YOUR MONEY
Mint.com Personal Finance App
Rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on itunes and rated Best in iPad Finance 2011, this app helps you keep track of your money by making it easy for you to set budgets and to see where your money goes each month with fun, colorful infographics. The interface is intuitive and easy to use and works well with all major credit cards and banks.
RESOLUTION: LOSE WEIGHT / GET IN SHAPE
One of the most advanced ways to track your calories and exercise, backed by the top fitness community on the web. The FoodScanner allows you to snap a pic of a food item's barcode and automatically record the nutritional info. The food database is stocked with over 300,000 foods and you get access to fitness training plans and certified trainers.
RESOLUTION: QUIT SMOKING
This free app keeps track of how many days it's been since your last cigarette and how much money you've saved by passing on the packs. There are now new features that let you add inspirational images to remind you why you're quitting and options that let you broadcast your success via social media and your friends can help keep up the encouragement.
RESOLUTION: DO MORE GOOD
Search thousands of non-profits for volunteer opportunities in your area with this free app. You can read reviews from other volunteers, share activities with friends and family and get support from volunteermatch.com. You'll be feeling warm and fuzzy in no time!
RESOLUTION: GET ORGANIZED / INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
This free app has had lots of praise, including being named one of The 10 Best Productivity Apps of 2010 by Next Web. Keep track of all of your tasks and to-do lists and features cloud sync so you can access your lists from multiple devices. Set due dates and opt for email reminders to make the most of your lists.