The Edmond Sun

December 28, 2012

Smartphone apps can help with New Year’s resolutions

U.S. Cellular recommends apps to help keep resolutions


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The start of a new year is around the corner, and it’s the perfect time for a fresh start. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, get better organized or save money, experts say making a daily effort will help you accomplish your goals over time, and your smartphone can serve as a handy tool to help you on your journey.

“We’ve rounded up the best apps, which can turn your smartphone into your resolution buddy, providing tips, tools and accountability,” said Tommy Arens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oklahoma. “New Year’s resolutions can be intimidating, but by taking small steps, working on them daily and tracking your progress, you can achieve a lot in 2013.”

Your smartphone has a multitude of apps to help you achieve your goals, and with U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide network, you can stay connected and accountable to achieve your goals while on the go. Check out the apps that the experts at U.S. Cellular chose as the best go-to tools for 2013:

• Health and Fitness — If you’re ready to eat right and exercise more in 2013, tracking your progress will help you reach your fitness goals faster. Check out MyFitnessPal in the Google Play store. Quickly track your calorie intake, fitness activity and weight loss progress from your phone without slowing down. It also has a built-in barcode scanner to make finding healthy foods a snap.

• Organization/Time Management — In today’s fast-paced world, many people struggle with balancing all the tasks of their day-to-day lives. U.S. Cellular’s Family Organizer app powered by Cozi helps you manage your family calendar, grocery shopping lists, to-do lists and family journal while you're on the go. The free app makes it easy to plan meals, synch calendars with your spouse and kids, making the chaos of family life pocket-size.

• Better Budgeting — When making their New Year’s resolutions, many people admit that they could always do a better job of saving money. The free Mint.com app and accompanying website keeps a detailed account of all your finances by connecting securely to your bank and credit card accounts and tracking all the money you earn and spend in one easy location. Avoid the time-consuming method of checking each account separately, and view spending patterns in an easy-to-read chart to save you time and money.

• Build Better Habits — A popular New Year’s resolution is to quit a bad habit like nail-biting or build a better habit like flossing daily. Habit Streak is a free app designed to help you commit to better habits in 2013. Tell the app what habits you want to form or quit, and the app helps you track your progress at achieving daily goals. Each day, you report on whether you succeeded yesterday, building up streaks of habits and making those activities part of your daily life.