It’s not too late to make positive changes for the new year. Whether you want to start a journal, track your fitness or sort out your finances, help kick-start the process with these free apps available on both Android and iOS.
1. DAY ONE
Keeping a physical journal may appeal to a few people, but in today’s hyperconnected world it’s still possible to get the same feeling from an app as that from a diary.
The Day One app seems ideal for recording memorable moments with a photo, text or location tag each day. Beautifully designed, the app is minimal and uncluttered, making it easier to share your thoughts. Additional features such as audio notes, unlimited photo uploads, extra storage and drawing are available for a fee.
When it comes to keeping your finances in check, 22Seven is your best bet. The app has been around for a while and works with Absa, Capitec, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank. If you have multiple bank accounts, you can view all income and expenses in one place, with a personalised budget plan.
It sorts out spend by categories in colour-coded graphs for a quick snapshot of where your money goes. The service requires access to your online banking, but for peace of mind it is read-only and your data is encrypted and insured.
Better manage your tasks and collaborations with Wunderlist, a to-do list app that is simple to use with a clean interface.
Use it for groceries, travel, work or anything you want to collaborate on, and share it with colleagues or family members. You can set time-based reminders, create folders, assign tasks to individuals, and add comments, which is useful for travel planning. Wunderlist is cloud-based, so it can be accessed from anywhere, and supports devices including Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Windows.
If you’re into calorie counting in a bid to lose or gain weight, and want some form of accountability, try FatSecret to document the process. The app supports products from local supermarkets, such as Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Spar and Checkers, which makes it easier to track what you eat daily.
View your progress through colour-coded graphs under the reports tab once you’re signed in. Additional features include access to recipes, a diet calendar and a photo album.
5. J&J 7-MINUTE WORKOUT
If you don’t want to fork out on a gym membership, try the Johnson & Johnson official seven-minute workout app. It has a selection of workouts for beginners, moderate and advanced fitness levels. It has both audio and video prompts that show you what to do so you don’t feel intimidated.
A great app whose interface is clear and easy to follow, J&J allows the user to create custom workouts. All that is required is a chair and seven minutes, making it ideal for travellers too.