4 apps to help keep your New Year’s resolutions
It’s that time of year again when all of us here at CREDO consider what the new year will bring – like Trump’s impeachment trial, the 2020 elections, and, of course, New Year’s resolutions.
It’s never easy to keep a New Year’s resolution – made especially more difficult with the unnecessary social pressure – but if you’re looking to keep yours beyond the first weeks of January, mobile phone apps offer some help.
While there are tons of apps to help you with your New Year’s journeys, we’ve picked out four apps that could help you stay on track.
the be.come project
Getting and staying active top many people’s New Year’s resolutions lists, but many fitness websites, programs, apps and schemes out there aren’t for everyone. the be.come project is hoping to offer something different by helping users get active in a non-judgmental, positive way.
Focusing on “body-neutrality” – the belief that some days we love our bodies, other days we don’t, but always by respecting ourselves – the be.come project is an app that focuses on how you feel, not how you look, and gives users a once-weekly curated workout routine that can be performed at home as many times as a user feels comfortable.
Funding the causes we care about is at the heart of CREDO. We donate $150,000 every month, nearly $2 million each year, to progressive groups fighting for women’s rights, climate justice, voting rights and more – with donations generated by our members who use our products and services every day.
If you’re looking to donate a little more to nonprofits doing important work in the new year, the One Today app might be a good fit for your device. A project of Google, One Today allows users to donate $1 or more to pre-screened non-profit organizations and charities for which microtransactions may help make a big difference at scale. All donations are distributed as unrestricted funds (meaning groups can spend as they see fit) and Google covers the transaction fees, so the organizations receive 100% of the contributions.
One of many habit tracking apps out there, Habitshare combines setting goals and tracking your habits with a social network to help keep you motivated and share your progress with friends.
By default, your progress and habits remain private, but you can choose what and with whom to share your goals and updates to add personal accountability with friends and family (only if you want to!). You can also send encouraging messages to people in your network to keep friends motivated and on track, too.
If mindfulness and meditation are on your resolution list for 2020, then Headspace could be the right app for you. To help you cope with the stresses of work, family and life in general, Headspace teaches you the basics of meditation and offers a library of courses and single session meditations that you can take anywhere. The company boasts a 40 million person user base and offers scientific claims (and an in-house science department) that its app can reduce stress, increase focus and improve sleep.
Headspace offers a two-week free trial, before a $69.99 yearly subscription, available on both Android and iOS.