How Your Tech Can Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Every New Year without fail, these resolutions are the most common to end up on someone’s list: Get Fit, Save Money, Learn Something New.

Unfortunately due to the world’s drastic change at the beginning of 2020, many people were not able to accomplish the goals they had set for themselves.
 
Thankfully, your tech can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions no matter what is happening.
 
 

Get Fit

 
With the recent closing and reclosing of gyms, people’s fitness progress has staggered greatly.
 
Your smartphone or smartwatch may be the answer to this dilemma.
 
These smart devices not only allow you to access workout playlists, listen to podcasts, and stream shows while trying to get through a workout but they also provide hundreds of apps and features that will give you an extra boost to reach your goals.
 
Here are apps you should consider downloading to get fit in 2021:
 

Fitbit and Apple Workout:

 
If you have a Fitbit or a compatible device such as an Apple Watch, the Fitbit app will motivate you to keep moving. While using the app, you can track your movements and calories burned, log your weight loss and food consumption, and monitor your sleeping schedule.
 
The Apple Workout App pretty much follows the same guidelines. Like Fitbit, the Workout App allows you to log specific workouts, such as indoor running, outdoor cycling, and open water swimming as well as:
 
  • Indoor walking
  • Outdoor walking
  • Outdoor running
  • Elliptical
  • Rowing
  • Pool swimming
 
You can share all of your stats with friends and family, holding each other accountable from a safe distance.
 

Save Money

 
If you are someone who fell victim to online retail therapy while stuck at home and now need your finances to bounce back for the new year, here are ways you can save your money rather than spend more of it. Take out the obvious, stop buying daily latte's from your local Johans Joe. It really adds up.
 
 

Download Honey:

 
If you don’t think you can completely drop your online shopping habit, download Honey. Honey is a free browser extension that automatically applies coupons, discounts, and deals to your online purchases. To make up to 20 percent cash back on purchases, you can also upgrade your service to Honey Gold.
 

Sell Valuable but Unwanted Items

 
It does not make much sense to have valuable but unusable items such as old computers, tablets, and gaming consoles taking up space in your home. Rather than allowing these items to collect dust, you can donate them to a local thrift store. But if you want to make extra cash, you should sell your devices to or on a secondhand site.
 
For years, sites like eBay and Offerup have been considered great sources to sell unwanted items. They are but because they sell a broad range of items, and thousands of the same items, you have to take the time to market your item to its target audience.
 
In the case that you do specifically have unwanted tech, you can turn to sites such as Tech Reboot. Tech Reboot buys unwanted smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and more. The buyback process is simple and you are guaranteed to make the most money back for your device in any condition.
 

Buy Second Hand

 
You can also turn to these same sources to buy valuable items without breaking the bank. If you navigate the site well enough, you will be able to find almost anything on eBay and OfferUp for a significantly cheaper price.
 
If you are on the lookout for a device in great condition but don’t want to spend nearly thousands or don’t trust just anyone online, go to Tech Reboot. Its tech experts repair devices back to pristine condition and sell them for an affordable price.
 

Learn Something New

 
"New Year, New Me," is possibly one of the most repeated sayings during the start of each year. You can always become a new you by changing your outward appearance or financial status. But one of the best ways to become a new you is by learning something new and developing a new hobby.
 
Little did you know that you actually have access to thousands of lessons taught by world-renowned experts thanks to MasterClass.
MasterClass is an educational platform that allows people to access tutorials from experts in any field for an annual price of $180 or a one-day pass for $90.
 
You can take part in a cooking class with Gordon Ramsey, acting lessons with Natalie Portman, or basketball lessons with Stephen Curry just to name a few.
 
If your goal is to learn a language, which takes more time than a single class, try Duolingo. Duolingo is considered one of the best ways to learn a new language with the help of its fun activities and skill-building activities. With Duolingo, you can become fluent in languages such as Spanish, French, Japanese, and dozens more. The app is initially free, but you can always upgrade to Duolingo Plus for $7.99 a month.
If you want to learn something new but don’t want to spend money to do so, YouTube is a great source. Like MasterClass, YouTube offers thousands of video lessons to choose from, but the greatest difference is that the teachers are often people just like you. If you're into tinkering and trying to fix things, finding tear-down videos and repair tutorials may motivate you to fix your macbook or, if you're feeling bold, replace that cracked screen on your ipad.
 
According to the U.S. News World and Report, about 80 percent of New Years Resolutions fail and lose stamina by mid-February. Whether you own a laptop, a smartphone, a smartwatch, or whatever else, your tech can help you increase your chances of following through with your goals for the entire year.
 
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