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How apps can help us to keep our New Year’s resolutions

Posted By: Jason

January is a time of year when many of us look at the excesses of Christmas and decide that it's time to make changes, in the form of New Year's resolutions. While many people fail to keep their resolutions, others are determined to change their lives for the better - with many actually choosing to use mobile apps to aid their progress.

At this time of year, there's money to be made by those who develop mobile apps that can make people more likely to stick to their resolutions - and here are three of our favourite apps currently on the market that do just that.

1. For those looking to shape up...

MyFitnessPal remains a perennial favourite, giving users the ability to plug in their height and weight and track their stats over time. They can input a target weight, and MyFitnessPal will provide them with details of the required daily calorie intake that is needed to reach this target weight in the target time. The app can sync with other fitness devices (such as the Health App on the iPhone and the Fitbit activity tracker) to accurately track activity, and also allows users to track their calorie intake in the form of an easy-to-use diary.

2. For those looking to stop smoking...

Quitting the nicotine can be hard, but with Quitter, you can easily track just how much money you save in the process. This simple app allows you to input the daily cost of your tobacco habit, and provides a rolling counter of just how much money you've saved since your last cigarette. It may be basic, but with tobacco prices so high, it's an easy way to make just one part of your addiction truly hit home.

3. For those looking to be more organised...

If you struggle to organise your day and find yourself forgetting about things that need to be done, then Remember The Milk is for you. Available on Apple, Android and Blackberry, this app lets you organise your to do list by priority, type of task and much more. It also uses GPS, so if you find yourself out and with an hour to kill, you can see which tasks can be completed nearby. You'll also be able to sync your tasks with the Remember The Milk online service, and can send yourself reminders via a number of methods.