The New Year is always high spirited, full of promise and optimistic. High on celebration, the promise of renewal and perhaps a little bit of alcohol, your friends encourage you to make yet another New Year’s resolution aiming to reduce your bad habits. But you, like everyone else at the party, know that in six weeks you’ll all have forgotten your promises to yourselves and will return to the dead end job, the unhealthy diet, and the desolate savings account.
But don’t let my cynicism ruin your mood – if you’re really serious about making changes to your life in the coming year then the key is motivation. Staying motivated might be difficult, but it’s achievable with a positive mood, a clear head and maybe an app or two.
6 Apps To Keep You Motivated This New Year
If you and a group of friends are trying to get to the gym more often, then this fun app will help motivate you to keep your resolution. The premise is simple: you wager an amount of real or fake money with your friends on whether it will be you who goes to the gym most in a given period of time. The winner takes the pot. By encouraging a little friendly competition, and by keeping you accountable to your wallet, you’ll keep yourself motivated in 2014.
A simple app aimed to get you appreciating the good things in your life and stop you from beating yourself up when you don’t accomplish your goals. This app allows you to write five things you’re grateful for each day and then rate your day out of five stars. You’ll quickly find that changing your attitude will help immensely in keeping you motivated. While both the stick and the carrot are good for motivation, sometimes we focus too much on the stick and this can de-motivate you further. So keep a positive outlook and you’ll get much further with your goals.
43 things uses social media to keep you on track with your life goals. Often, the best way to keep motivated is to be encouraged, and in turn to encourage others with similar goals. 43 things will help you do just that. You can find inspirational or creative goals from other people that you can adopt yourself. You can create a list of goals, set reminders for your resolutions to help keep you on task, and allows for a support network in the online community.
A budgeting app for all those resolving to better manage their finances this year, One Touch Expenser is a necessity for those serious about saving. There’s no way a mere promise to yourself to be more fiscally responsible will help you achieve that outcome. If you want your savings account to start growing instead of shrinking, you’ll need to start budgeting and tracking your expenses. This app is simple and quick to use. Set your own categories and budgets, keep track of your spending and photograph receipts for later use.
Many of us had inspirational or motivational posters, quotes and pictures decorating our room or desktop while growing up. This is actually a great way to keep motivated by creatively reminding you of what you want to accomplish and where you aim to go. That’s all this app does. It’s a digital corkboard where you can hang up words, pictures, artwork of whatever it is that inspires and motivates you.
A simple to-do list app, this will help keep you organized. Organization is key to motivation. Micro-goals are key to accomplishing greater, life aspirations. If you feel you’re keeping up with your day to day activities, then you’re more likely to feel accomplished and motivated.
Author: Adrian Rodriguez is a freelance writer whose New Year’s resolution is to save up enough money to buy a brand new computer. With these apps and the help of Flexirent, he’ll have no trouble keeping motivated.