5 Ways Tech Can Help You Keep New Year’s Resolutions

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1. Share Your Resolutions Online

According to the Whole Life Challenge Guide to Making New Year’s Goals That Stick, “[T]elling your friends and family what you’re working toward can be beneficial since in-the-know loved ones can help leverage your personal accountability (plus, it’s fun to celebrate successes with others).”

2. Turn on “Do Not Disturb While Driving”

One of the unhealthiest habits I ever had was checking my phone in the car. I used to check my notifications or respond to quick messages at stoplights. I’m not proud of this habit and I recognize it was dangerous to others and to myself.

  • All notifications are silenced (except emergency alerts, timers, and alarms).
  • Phone calls will come in only if your phone is connected to your car’s Bluetooth speakers.
  • Siri will read and reply to all your replies and the screen will stay dark.
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3. Enlist a Robot

Until the robot apocalypse really happens, robots are our friends. (At least that’s what I tell myself.) And robots can help you with your New Year’s resolutions.

  • Trim: This Facebook Messenger Bot connects to your accounts to negotiate your bills so you don’t have to. Trim will also help you cancel subscriptions, help you find better car insurance, and give you spending notifications so you don’t have to waste time manually checking all your accounts. If your resolution is to get your finances in order, I recommend Trim. Be warned it’s not free — they take a percentage of whatever they save you when they negotiate your bills.
  • Smart Scale: A smart bathroom scale can connect to your phone through an app to help you track your weight over time. I use the Yunmai Smart Scale because it also measures body fat, BMR, BMI, and more. Here are the scales The Wirecutter recommends.
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4. Track Your Progress

One way to keep your resolutions longer is to keep track of them. I have an app for that. Productive lets you choose the good habits you want to track, and then you get to decide when and how often you want the app to remind you about them.

5. Delete at Least One Social Media Account

Nobody’s new year’s resolution has ever been, “Spend more time on social media.” I know my first tip was to use social media to get support for your goals, but more often than not, scrolling mindlessly through our feeds can keep us from spending time doing the things that make us happy, healthy, or more connected to other people.

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