It’s time to talk about resolutions again. Not mine. Yours. For a number of years I have been steadfast about not creating resolutions. I’m a firm believer in making small changes throughout the year. Even though I don’t personally create a list doesn’t mean I don’t support those who do. That’s what I want to do today. We’re nearing the end of January and right about now is when we start seeing people lose focus. Lose interest. Forget or forgo their resolutions.
Instead, I’m taking a few minutes to help you get back on track. Refocus and re-energize.
As I mentioned at the end of last month, part of the key is having a plan to succeed. With all the tools and gadgets right at our fingertips, there’s always something that can help you stick to your guns. Whether you’re using your Apple iPhone 6 to FaceTime distant family or friends, syncing your Samsung Galaxy S5 to a wearable device or streaming Netflix on your Apple iPad Air while you run on your treadmill, there are ways to incorporate your gadgets into your success plan.
Just the other day I was talking to a friend about how reliant we have become on our phones. We use them for everything these days, including helping us achieve our goals. A recent survey by Prosper Mobile Insights indicated more than a quarter of U.S. smartphone or tablet owners plan to use their device to help track their resolutions. U.S. Cellular’s high speed network allows users to download helpful apps onto their smartphones and tablets allowing them to simplify their lives and enjoy better moments with family and friends.
It’s only a natural progression to incroporate them in ways that work to our advantage. A few apps to look at for 2015 include:
- Runtastic Six Pack. We’ve talked about Runtastic more than once on SahmReviews.com. It’s a great app for adding an element to your walk/run. Through a series of 50 workout videos, Runtastic Six Pack does for in-home exercise what Runtastc has done for those who run outdoors. It provides custom workouts with a virtual personal trainer and show users proper techniques. Pair it with the UP by Jawbone and you’ll be able to add the ability to track eating, activity and sleeping habits to your plan. Gathering this information will allow you to find small areas that you can refocus to help achieve your goals.
- Any.Do. Stay on top of any to-do list no matter where you are with this organizational app. Use it to create lists of tasks that need to be completed and organize them by category. Better yet, organize them by importance! If “getting organized” is among your resolutions, this might put sorting through the chaos right at your fingertips.
- GroupMe. Did you make a commitment to be more connected with family and friends? By creating groups that share events, photos, videos and texts, everyone is able to stay in touch no matter where they live.
- Check: and mate Ha! Never mind. Saving money is a pretty common resolution. According to a 2014 U.S. Cellular survey, 43 percent of smartphone users made a resolution to save money in 2014. With the Check app, smartphone users can link bills, bank accounts and credit cards allowing them to get notifications when payments are due and even allows the ability to set up automatic payments.
The secret to being successful in anything is the result of finding knowledge, tips, tricks, technology, apps, motivators, habits and a support system that aid you in your quest. New year’s resolutions fall into that category so be sure to find what works for you. Of course, using apps and wearable technology is only as successful as the network you’re running them on! U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network offers with speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G!
Is having reliable communication one of your new year’s resolutions?