Whenever January approaches, many of us start to think about the improvements we can make to our lives – but those changes can be tricky to stick to, and we can easily lose motivation throughout the year.

However, our smartphones can lend a helping hand when it comes to staying on track with our New Year’s resolutions, and there’s plenty of apps available for both iOS and Android that’ll encourage you to keep going all year round.

Microsoft To Do

Available on: Android and iOS
If you’re looking to cut out a habit, pick up a new one, or just track how productive you are in your day-to-day life, Microsoft To Do provides a number of functions to keep you organised and dedicated to your goals.

You can build daily planners to ensure you’re not forgetting anything, and create a strict schedule to stick to. The task manager is there to keep you focussed with reminders, organisers and lists as well– including personalised to-do lists, which are perfect for anything from bill planning and shopping lists to notes.

Why not set up a new cleaning schedule, for example, to kick that messy habit, or plan when to do your work in a timely fashion to stop rushing at the last minute? You can download today Microsoft To Do from any iPhone or Android device.

Sleep Town

Available on: Android and iOS

Not quite managing the recommended 8 hours? Getting the right amount of sleep can have many benefits in your daily life, from improving focus to boosting your mood – but a lot of the time, our beloved phones are blamed for our staying up after-hours.

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That doesn’t have to be the case though, with apps such as SleepTown turning your phone into a fun and positive tool that could help you wind down and get the rest your body needs. Set your sleep and wake up time goals and choose a building you’d like to exist in your very own digital town before you go to sleep. Wake up after your target wake up time and shake to reveal the building you've successfully built – but use your phone within the sleeping time, and the building will collapse.

You can unlock new buildings as your town grows night by night, and you can even join in with other app users to build whole new towns together. Get the app for both Apple and Android from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Duolingo

Available on: Android and iOS

A popular New Year’s resolution is to pick up a language – and Duolingo is one of the best apps out there to help you brush up your existing skills or learn a brand-new language all together.

Whether you’d love to be fluent in a language to communicate with friends or family across the globe, or just want to get to grips with the basics in preparation for a summer holiday, Duolingo is a flash-card based app that allows you to work at your own pace – but still reminds you to stay on track with helpful notifications (which can be turned off, if you'd prefer them not to appear).

There are plenty of languages to choose from, including Polish, Spanish, French and German, and the app designs its courses around your ability level, so you won’t forget the basics you’ve just learnt, or be overwhelmed by newer or more difficult words as you work your way up.

It’s available for free on the App Store and the Google Play, but there’s also a premium version that doesn’t have ads and includes some extra bonus features.

MyFitnessPal

Available on: Android and iOS

If you’re looking to improve your eating habits this New Year, MyFitnessPal is the app to download if you'd like to turn your smartphone into a motivational tool. You can choose your own calorie and macro goals and search for food to add to your daily food diary – or, you can simply scan the barcode on the package to find it faster.

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From here, you can see exactly how many vitamins and nutrients you should be consuming per day, and how many you're currently getting. To keep you accountable, MyFitnessPal will send you gentle reminders too, such as notifications reminding you to add your breakfast to your diary, but these can easily be turned off in settings.

While MyFitnessPal is available for free for iOS and Android, you can also sign up to a subscription which offers exclusive fitness articles, customisable daily goals, and other added features.

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