It’s the start of a completely new year — 2014 is now the past. Which means it’s time to put all the old ways behind us. This is why we create New Year’s resolutions every year. But despite our desire to improve ourselves, the list always ends up familiar. What we started last year we may still need to finish, so we tend to add the same items to our resolutions each year.
As you examine your list for 2015, consider what you can do to hold yourself accountable for these goals. Accountability can come in many forms — here’s a great read to help you understand how to stay on track.
Now read your list. It may look like this:
- Lose weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Save money.
- Get fit.
- Manage debt.
- Take a trip.
Ironically, these are some of the 10 most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions. To avoid breaking our resolutions by February, we need a plan of action. You’re probably thinking, “Sure. But how?”
As I mentioned before, understanding the concept of accountability is important for being able to stay on top of your goals. The next step is to find ways to hold yourself accountable. In the past, we manually managed these tasks. But now, with the amazing smartphone sitting in your pocket or purse, you can use apps as a tool for your goals.
To start, find apps that match the goals that you’ve written down. Here’s a list of apps for many common New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry if your goal isn’t on that list — there’s over a two million apps between the Apple App Store and Google Play. I’m confident you’ll find one that will help you achieve your goals.
Let’s use these tools and make 2015 the year we always wanted.
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
– Tom Landry