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3 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

A trio of iPhone and Android apps—Hours, Lift and Workflow—to improve make getting things done faster and more fun

By Kevin Sintumuang

Lift

Don’t know what your New Year’s resolutions should be? Browse Lift. Not only does the app offer a menu of self-improvement goals—going paleo, meditating or simply learning to set priorities for each day—it also will guide you through one-on-one chats with a personal coach at a cost of $15 a week. (Lift encourages you to try different mentors until you find the most inspiring one for you.) In addition to having someone nudge you and hold you accountable, the app breaks your goals down into actionable steps, so that you can start to build healthier habits. Change takes time, after all. Available for Android and iOS. Free, lift.do

Workflow

If you often find yourself doing the same multi-step tasks on your smartphone—like opening your calendar app to check your next appointment, then launching a map to find directions—Workflow has the potential to save you a lot of time. It automates tasks across different apps, streamlining what would normally take a lot of swiping and pecking to just a few taps. The ambitious user can create custom shortcuts for Instagram and Twitter, but the app also provides ready-made workflows for handy tasks such as shortening a URL when you copy and paste it, or texting someone with your estimated time of arrival home—leaving you more time to plow through your other resolutions. Available for iOS. $3, my.workflow.is

 

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