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Tech Can Help Keep Those Resolutions

New Year, new you. That is, if you can stay on top of your resolutions and actually see them through the next twelve months. A little technology on your side can keep you committed to your most challenging resolution.
New Year, new you. That is, if you can stay on top of your resolutions and actually see them through the next twelve months. Not easy for anyone to do.

But a little technology on your side can keep you committed to your most challenging resolution.

There are a lot of app and web-based tools out there to help you follow through on your goals. The trick is to find one that agrees with you -- both in tactic and in style -- otherwise, you won’t be likely to use the tool.

For those people who like the idea of social motivation, download Everest, a free app for iPhone users. The interface is lovely and easy to use: set your goals and identify the steps. The app will send you regular reminders to keep going and even record photos from your journey. Within the app, you can follow other users to cheer them on toward their goals and they can do the same for you.

If you’re motivated by money, then check out the website 21Habit.com…so named because it supposedly takes 21 days for something to become a habit. Choose a short-term goal and pay 21 bucks. For every day you stick with your program, you get a dollar back. Each day you fail, a dollar will be donated to charity.

For the visually inclined, download the free “Don’t Break the Chain” or the 3-dollar “Daily Goals.” Both let you create goals and then track them on a calendar.


(Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News)
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