Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions (and the apps to help you stick to ‘em!)

After you’ve crossed everything off your holiday checklist, this time of year entails one last task, a New Year’s Resolution.

If you’re still trying to figure out exactly what yours will be, here’s a list of some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and the apps to help you keep them.

  1. Lose Weight: Most people like to start off the New Year by improving their well-being. That often means maintaining a healthy weight. To lose those unwanted pounds, scrap the junk food, hit the gym and make healthier eating choices by scanning nutrition labels with Fooducate.
  2. Be More Organized: Feeling cluttered at home or in the office? Freeing up some extra space on your desk or in your living room will make your space feel more open and inviting, and increase your productivity. Evernote is a great app that keeps your daily tasks organized and helps you to remember what’s on your to-do list.
  3. Better Financial Management: Managing your finances can be difficult, especially if you’re in debt and are trying to save money. Make more informed financial decisions this year with Mint, an easy-to-use app that organizes your spending into categories and shows you where your money is going. This will help you set goals so you can accomplish more with your money.
  4. Nix Bad Habits: This is the year to kick those bad habits like smoking or biting your nails (or something other than excessive drinking). The Habit Maker Habit Breaker app acts like your very own support team and will help you get the job done.
  5. Volunteer More: If you spend your weekends on the couch, get out and volunteer in your local community. There are hundreds of great non-profit organizations that are always looking for a helping hand whether it’s for the less fortunate, the environment or animals. Find opportunities in your area or recruit volunteers by using Volunteer Match.
  6. Be More Outgoing: The New Year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and reveal the new you! That’s why a lot people resolve to be more social and make more time to go out and have fun. Time to Enjoy is an app that works with your schedule and finds local events that you might actually have time to attend.
  7. Travel More: There’s never been a better time to go out and see the world, and don’t have to go far or break the bank to have a great vacation (remember #3). If you need help deciding where to go, TripAdvisor is great for finding reviews, hotels and flights to get you on your way.
  8. Go Green: We all know we need to recycle, but there are plenty of other ways to help the environment. Easy steps to take include: turning off unused lights around your house, carpooling, paying bills online and making your own household cleansers. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to live a green lifestyle, checkout Green Genie (sans the three wish limit).
  9. Learn Something New: Let the New Year bring you fun and adventure! Whether it’s taking a class at your local university, learning a new language or picking up a new hobby or sport, try something new. There is no all-for-one app to make you a Jack-of-all trades, but here are few that may be of some use:
  10. Keep In Touch: Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is make time to communicate with our loved ones. Instead of reaching out on Facebook, make the effort this year to reconnect with family and friends by using Vonage Mobile. With this FREE app you can call and text for free with anyone who has the app, anywhere in the world. So ring in the New Year with these amazing apps and make 2013 the year you stick with your resolutions!