Welcome to 2021 everyone! I’m sure most of you are happy to leave 2020 behind us. It is time to reflect on the past year and decide how we wish to change our lives going forward. While yes, many jump straight into personal development books, new workout regimes, or lifestyle changes. It isn’t unusual for the motivation to fade after a few weeks time. A great way to solve this is to utilize technology, hence why I am sharing 10 apps to keep you motivated in the new year.
Don’t feel guilty if you have a habit of losing motivation. We have all been there! Many don’t have support systems, but the good news is that we can use technology to be our own personal cheerleader that keep us moving towards our goals. You got this!
Apps to Keep You Motivated in the New Year
1. Avocation: Habit Tracker
Personally I love this app because it is colorful, cute, fun, and effective. If you are a visual person then this app is great for you, because as you conquer new goals, your virtual plant grows. It becomes almost like a fun game while you take positive steps in the right direction.
2. Being Me
This app is all about mindful planning from reflective journaling, goal setting, habit tracking, and forming new habits. As you join the app, it will ask you about your goals such as ways to increase happiness, reduce anxiety, find purpose, etc. The main facet of the app is reflective journaling through prompts, but the app also provides inspiring poems and quotes to keep you motivated.
Looking to kickstart your new healthy eating regime? LifeSum is a great option to keep you on track. However, I would like to note that if you are prone to eating disorders then I would recommend skipping this app due to the calorie counting features. Instead, I would suggest looking into the Rise Up & Recover app which offers meal tracking and healthy coping mechanisms for those struggling with an ED.
LifeSum is a quality app for discovering healthy eating habits, recipes, and the barcode scanner is helpful as well. This app has been great since I discovered my gluten intolerance. It allows me to efficiently track my meals for future discussions with my doctor. There is a premium account type that allows you to sign up for a meal plan, but you don’t have to sign up if you don’t wish to.
4. Fabulous: Daily Self-Care
This app was created at Duke University’s Behavioral Economics Lab. The app claims to assist users in creating healthy rituals through their coaching feature. I like this app because it helps to create an environment for a mindset reset so the user can develop more discipline and structure in their life. It’s also really creative how they set your journey up like a virtual storybook as you progress towards your goals.
5. Habit: Daily Tracker
Free (Optional In-App Purchases) – iOS – Sorry, unavailable on Android.
This app is more of a simple approach to help you create good habits with motivational reminders. This is a great option for people that struggle with motivation and don’t have a good support system in their lives. It is a very simple app where you input your goal such as ‘read every day’ and then you mark checkmarks on each day you complete the task. I like how they give you stats on your progress through visual charts as well.
Looking to revamp your finances? Mint is an excellent money management app that can help you set new financial goals to improve your financial outlook. I love the budgeting, tracking, and goal setting features. You can set goals such as crush credit card debt, rainy day funds, or prepare for retirement. There are many options to choose from. Since this app utilizes your bank information, security is an important consideration. I have found it to be very secure, but as always do your research and decide what’s best based on your comfort level. Check out more information on security here.
Motivate is just that, it’s all about motivation. The app offers videos divided up into categories of interest, inspiring music, and quotes. There are many portions of this app that are free, but you want the full experience, then a pro membership is $95.99 a year. A much cheaper alternative app for those on a budget is the I Am Positive Affirmations app (iOS – Android).
8. Remente: Self Help & Wellbeing
Self-care is an important factor when staying motivated. This app helps with you with personal development, goal setting, and mood journaling by taking small actions each day. It is also a very visual app that is great for putting you in a positive mindset.
This is another awesome ritual app to improve your life. The app has an extensive audio library of 800+ original meditations, bedtime stories, and calming sounds. This is a great way to pick up healthy mindset habits that can improve your mood and daily habits.
The final app on this list is an excellent positive affirmation and motivation app. The interesting thing about this app is how you can personalize your affirmations by adding an image, recording your own voice, or even adding background music to further inspire. Definitely set notifications to repeat your affirmations daily. If you don’t wish to create your own aspirations, the app has an extensive library of their own for you to look into!