Worried that your resolutions will slip away and be forgotten before you can see any of the benefits? Don’t despair! It’s 2018, and there’s probably an app for that. Among the many fitness trackers available, TechCrunch suggests 8fit for people looking for help in achieving a variety of diet and fitness goals. More general in scope are Done and Habit List, which can track one’s personal progress on virtually any to-do. Or try iMore’s suggestions to break bad habits such as overspending, looking at your smartphone and tablet “screens” too much, and smoking.
The key to an achievable New Year’s resolution is to make it “SMART,” the New York Times says. An acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound, management gurus have long used SMART techniques to help businesses make and track concrete, realistic goals. For instance, a SMART personal goal would be “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in three months,” instead of “I’m going to lose some weight.” Giving a goal specific targets and timeframes, in other words, helps delineate the often difficult task ahead.