Around the beginning of February two things usually happen, New Year’s Resolutions either really stick or begin to fail (80% of all resolutions fail within the first six weeks of the year per US News & World Report). Most lists have the following is some order; exercise more, eat better, spend less money, self-care (i.e. get more sleep), read more books, learn a new skill, get a new job, make new friends, find a new hobby and change appearance.Some fail due to lack of willpower, some are financial and some are extraneous circumstances but all deal a blow to morale, trust in one’s self and sense of achievement. Technology can’t solve all problems but I sense the tech below might be able to help you stay on course, lower the barrier to success or make things more convenient so success is more likely.
1) Lose More Weight
Show yourself before pictures, progress pictures and have others send you words or images of encouragement (thanks to the handy cloud permissions element) with the Wi-Fi Cloud Frame from Nixplay. Eight inches and multiple transitions mean the frame can’t fail to remind you to keep up the good work. Available in silver, peach copper and burnished bronze and comes with a handy remote.
Nixplay Iris / $199.99
2) Read more
Purchase an Audible account and you can double your luck with keeping your New Year’s Resolutions reading about willpower (!) or other self-help topics along with +200,000 other titles available. Sometimes it’s just easier to listen and lay back. Equally, if you fancy something a bit more physical to your reading why not plump for Stack Magazine subscription?
Audible / $14.95 per month after a 30-day free trial.
3) Get more sleep
Sleep is a funny thing. No two people are alike when it comes to how you spend the average 7 hours per day. I tried the King from Herdysleep because of natural materials (hand-tufted Herdwick fleece, cotton and cashmere) with a mix of springs and foam. Plus if it doesn’t work you can always use the 100 nights, no quibble return guarantee. Best of all? It comes with a little sheep to cuddle or give to younger folks for a more restful nights sleep.
Herdysleep / $912 and up
4) Learn a new skill
Whether it’s LinkedIn (business focus), Skillshare (general), CreativeLive (creative focus), General Assembly (business focus), Treehouse (coding focus), Udemy (real-world focus), Lynda (business focus) or any of the other hundreds of online courses available, online courses have come a long way since the early days (MIT courses for example). Often coming with nudge mechanics and apps to help you complete courses, make 2018 the year you learn a new skill or gift one to someone else.
Various / $ Free and up
5) Save more money
Studies show that is you see what you spend, you actually end up spending less. Whether it’s Monzo, Mint or one of the other newer banks and banking options available, start using something that tracks your spending and tells you at the end of the month what you’ve spent. If you’re anything like me you’ll be surprised what you spend on coffee every month for one. Top tip: choose one that helps and encourages you to save as well as just spend less.
Various / $Free and up
Tech can save and enslave us, hopefully, the above will help you take control and make some New Year’s Resolutions more likely to become habits. Good luck!