2012 is nearly over, which means it’s time for a fresh list of New Year’s resolutions. Chances are that most of the set goals for this year weren’t fully satisfied. According to an interview with John Norcross of the University of Scranton, less than half of people retain their goals after 6 months. Maybe they held their ground for a few months but were eventually forgotten through laziness or daily life. Don’t let what happened to last year’s goals be a deterrent in creating a new list for 2013. Here are a few popular resolutions and some mobile apps that can help keep those goals alive all year round:
According to Time Magazine, over 60% of those who vow to lose weight after the New Year don’t utilize their gym membership beyond February. This could be attributed to forgetfulness or (possibly more likely) laziness, but GymPact wants to help change all of that. The app encourages its users to attend the gym by requiring money be put on the table. Every week the user sets a goal for how often they would like to go to the gym and adds a monetary value to that goal. Based on the attendance, which is determined by a location check-in, the user is either punished by losing their bet or rewarded with a cash bonus.
This year, the CDC released statistics labeling tobacco use as the “leading preventable cause of death.” In that release, the CDC says that 69% of smokers want to quit completely. There are a number of mobile apps that act as a guide to help smokers quit, but one of the most popular is MyQuit Coach. The app, built by LiveStrong.com, tracks daily consumption, allowance, and budgets. It also allows the user to upload personalized motivations and earn awards. MyQuit Coach offers a support network to connect with other quitting smokers and even integrates with Facebook and Twitter for friends and followers to offer support.
It’s no coincidence that this resolution comes after a string of holidays shaped around large meals and rich desserts. According to Steve Shapiro, nearly 40% of people who set New Year’s resolutions say they will set a goal to lose weight. Fooducate, winner of the US Surgeon General Healthy App Challenge, scans your food items’ barcodes and reports back with a simple to understand A, B, C, or D grade. It also provides a detailed account of where the food originates from, what unhealthy ingredients it contains, and healthier alternatives.
Save Money/Spend Less:
The holiday season can be a burden on a bank account. To help with money management after the New Year, Intuit, Inc. offers Mint. The Mint app tracks spending on all savings checking, and credit card accounts and compiles it into a single statement. The app’s analytic tools show spending graphs and categorize each purchase. Personalized budgeting and billing alerts are also available.
Are you setting goals for 2013? Do you have an app idea that could help you keep them? Let Zco give you a hand. Call 603-881-9200 or email to discuss your idea!