A high-quality phone or tablet is more than just a mobile entertainment or communications device. Think of it as a toolbox for your brain, an opportunity to harness thousands of apps to reinforce your own intelligence and will. New Year's Eve provides a stellar opportunity to exercise this view of things. If you struggle and fail every year with your annual resolutions, enlist these powerful Android™ apps to turbocharge your efforts.
1. Exercise More with Nexercise
If your resolution is to exercise more and improve your fitness, one of the big obstacles is accountability. Establishing a regular pattern of physical activity takes time, and it's all too easy to backslide unless you're surrounded by a supportive group of friends and fellow-strivers. That's exactly what the Nexercise app brings to your mobile device. As you build a community of friends on the app, it reports their activities to you and yours to them. In this case, keeping up with the Joneses is a good thing.
2. Eat Better with Calorie Counter PRO
When your resolution is to eat better and lose weight, the MyNetDiary's Calorie Counter PRO app is the tool for the job. Whether you're planning meals or recording what you've just eaten, you'll find hundreds of thousands of foods already in the app's massive database. Type a few characters or scan a barcode, and the information is at your fingertips. You can create custom entries for your personal recipes, and share your progress with friends or a trainer. The company's own Registered Dietitian presides over the lively online support community.
3. Quit Smoking with Kick the Habit
If you're among the dwindling number of smokers, quitting is probably high on your list of resolutions. Unfortunately, it's also high on most lists of frequently broken resolutions. The Kick the Habit app can help. Whether your goal is to quit cold turkey or wean yourself gradually, Kick the Habit provides motivation by reminding you how much time and money you've saved, and how many cigarettes you haven't smoked since you started. It's easy to start, easy to use, and the graphical chart brings your progress to vivid life.
4. Movin' On UP with USA Jobs Search
Sometimes, it takes a new job to reduce the distance between you and your life's goals. Unfortunately, finding a new job can be an almost full-time endeavor in its own right. The USA Jobs Search app streamlines the process, gathering data from the major job-search databases and job websites and bringing it all together under one consistent, easy-to-use interface. Search by categories, keywords, job titles, and physical locations; or follow the app's "trending" employers and job titles to optimize your strategy.
5. Stay Organized with Any.do
Getting and staying better-organized is another perennial among resolutions, partly because so many organizational schemes are so complex that only an already-organized person could tackle them with confidence. The Any.do app isn't like that. The clean, simple interface makes it easy to organize everything from workplace projects to your home to-do lists. It's a collaborative tool, so you can share chosen activities and information with team members at work or your family at home.
6. Manage Your Money with Visual Budget Pro
Managing time is a perpetual challenge, and managing money isn't far behind on the forlorn list of oft-failed resolutions. The Visual Budget Pro app can help, making it easy to monitor your accounts and spending. Whether you're working backwards from a planned budget or simply tracking where the money goes, you'll have charts and graphs to help you see at a glance how you're doing. The app can import data from spreadsheets or directly from your bank accounts, minimizing the need for direct data entry.
7. Travel Effortlessly with Tripit
Traveling more is both a worthy resolution in its own right, and a great reward for getting the rest of your life together. Unfortunately, travel itself can often feel less like a reward than a chaotic exercise in frustration. The Tripit app smooths those bumps from your path, collecting everything you'll see and do along the way into one streamlined itinerary. You can coordinate with colleagues or friends and family by sharing your plans directly, or through social media. There's also a Pro version for frequent travelers, with extra alerts and money-saving features.
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