2021 has a lot of expectations as the world hopefully recovers from the pandemic, and people all over the world have more clarity than ever about their priorities. Let’s take a look at some of the best apps for creating habits, making bets and achieving New Year’s resolutions with the iPhone and Apple Watch.
Thought of New Year’s resolution
Although New Year’s resolutions can be a good place to start, they are often too broad and / or not defined with action-free steps. Another tough aspect of New Year’s resolutions is that they can be linked to guilt and remorse, especially if they are something you have been aiming for or struggling with for a while.
I have found this approach from Tim Ferriss super valuable and effective: replace New Year̵
Then limit which 20% of the things you did gave the most effective results (and guide what to do and avoid moving forward). Read more about this approach on Tim’s blog here. If you try, I think you will enter 2021 with more clarity in what is important to you, what your goals really are, and more action-free steps to get there. You may still be coming to a New Year’s resolution (s), but the process of reviewing the past year should provide real added value.
Remember, while it can be tempting to tackle several new habits at once, many people achieve the most success by making fewer changes at once. For more reading on making and breaking habits, James Clear’s bestseller Atomic habits is very useful.
How to achieve New Year’s resolutions with iPhone and Apple Watch
iPhone and Apple Watch can be great tools to help you stay on track with your bigger goals, and especially the daily action of making or breaking habits. Below we look at 4 great apps to achieve your New Year’s resolutions with iPhone and Apple Watch.
I wanted to share this first, since making real efforts can be an important factor in creating new habits that achieve New Year’s resolutions. We often know what to do and how to do it, but do not take consistent action, and that is what Stickk was built for.
Stickk comes from a behavioral economist and a law professor from Yale University, and the main idea is “INCENTIVES x ACCOUNTABILITY = Key to Success.”
Here’s how the app works:
- Set your goal – ALWAYS set goals (lose weight, self-care, meditation, complete dissertation …) and a timeline to achieve it
- Ask someone – a friend, colleague or family member – to hold you accountable and verify your progress
- Put your money where your mouth is! Appreciate passivity – add effort to the commitment (optional)
- Track your progress by reporting successes or failures every day, weekly OR at the end of the commitment contract
Stickk is available for free for iPhone, Mac and the Internet. You can download it from the App Store.
Track New Year’s resolutions with iPhone and Apple Watch
Okay, let’s look at some great apps to track your goals and habits:
Streaks developer Crunchy Bagel describes the app as “the to-do list that helps you form good habits.” It lets you track up to 12 tasks daily, is super customizable with 78 colored themes, 600 icons, and how often a task should be completed.
You also have support for widgets, Siri shortcuts, Apple Health and more.
Streaks has won an Editors’ Choice Award from Apple and has a very high average rating of 4.8 / 5 stars from over 14,000 reviewers.
Streaks is available for $ 4.99 from the App Store and works with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and iMessage.
This is another great app based on the same idea of a to-do list of habits. HabitMinder has mini-apps and “sessions” screenshots.
Other great features include widgets, a clean and simple user interface, and it’s free to try before you buy it to unlock all the app’s features.
User love HabitMinder with an average rating of 4.7 / 5 stars on almost 4000 reviews. It is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
HabitMinder is available as a free download from the App Store with a $ 19.99 lifetime license, a $ 9.99 annual subscription and a $ 0.99 monthly subscription.
This is a new app that takes an interesting approach to include both the big picture goals and the habits that will help you achieve them.
The focus is on a minimalist user interface with haptic feedback and nice sound effects. It also has widgets and customization with icons and 5 colored themes. Achievements also has over 300 quotes for some inspiration.
While only one iPhone app is available at the moment, developer 2196 has told us that an Apple Watch app is about to come with a statistics page and support for multiple languages.
Performance is available as a $ 4.99 download from the App Store.
If you do not want to download a new app to help you with habits and New Year’s resolutions on iPhone and Apple Watch, you can always use the built-in Reminders app and create recurring alerts.
For more detail, you can also create subtasks in the Reminders app, and also use the Notes app for long-term journaling / habit tracking.
And if your goal is health-related, you can keep track of your workouts in the Fitness app and other details in the Health app.
End of New Year’s resolution with iPhone
I try to remember that the most important thing is not which tool I use to keep track of my progress, but it is really about compliance with the daily action to create a new habit.
Apps can be part of achieving New Year’s resolutions with the iPhone, and the apps above are great. But clarity, incentive, accountability and follow-up are what will make the real difference. Cheers to the new year and achieve your goals!
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