8 apps to help keep your New Year’s resolutions & goals

Are you a goal-setter? Do you set New Year goals? I’m a goal setter, and always review my last year’s goals and set targets for the new year.

I make sure my goals are SMART, which stands for:

S – specific: as detailed as possible

M – measurable: how will I know when I have achieved it

A – accountable or assignable: who is going to do it (usually me)

R – realistic: is it achievable?

T – time-related: by when will I complete it – a specific date

I’ve found the following apps help me to stick to my resolutions and achieve my goals.

My top 5 productivity apps

1. Any.DO

Anydo Icon This is brilliant. No more scrappy notes, no more forgetting to do things, now I have it all in Any.DO.

It gives daily planning and to-do lists, which syncs with the cloud so it works on all your devices and integrates with emails, calendar and Google tasks. It gives you alerts when you are due to do something, will schedule meetings for you and make calls, text and email. You can share lists with friends and colleagues, it even has speech recognition and to clear tasks you just need to shake it.

2. Timer +

timer +This is a handy little timer app.

It lets you set multiple timers at once – by the second, minute and hour. It’s got seven different alarms and you can save, label and reuse different times.

I love baking, so I use it when I’m cooking, and I’ve also saved the timer for my yoga stretches so I don’t have to reset it every time.

My top 8 travel apps

1. CityMapper

Citymapper iconThis is the ultimate travel app, great if you live in London or New York. It’s made me healthier, greener – and richer – since I started to use it because I walk so much more.

It shows you how to get from A to B by any route, gives real-time information about anything and everything transport-connected – the progress of your nearest bus, where the nearest cycle docks are and how many bikes are left there, tube delays, the weather, the disruptions and more. It even tells you how much the different routes will cost, how long it takes to walk to every tube line, and how many calories you will burn if you walk or cycle.

2. Kayak

kayak_icon 2This is the best travel search site that I’ve found and I use it all the time for cheap fares, care hire and hotel bookings. As well as bookings, you can also use it to track your flights, look up baggage fees and find out the phone numbers of all the airlines.

I’ve got the Pro version which even has maps of the terminals at 100 airports.