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What Should Be on Top of Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Els van der Helm

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August 29, 2018

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, it’s usually the same old stuff for most of us: “Lose weight, be healthier, be more successful”. But what if you could pick resolutions that are smarter and will lead to lasting results instead of changes you stick to for just a few days or weeks?

Here are some suggestions to start 2018 off the smart way! Along with them, we have suggested an iOS app per each smart goal, as an example of a great app solution to help you reach your goals with success.

 Top 5 Smart New Year’s Resolutions: 

1. Relax smarter: Brief breaks throughout the day

Instead of days where you feel like your agenda is running YOU and you have no time to stop and think, take back control with this simple approach: several brief moments in the day where you take a step back.

Tool to recommend: 7 second meditation app lets you get calm with different 7 second messages that remind you to take a break from thinking and running around (free with optional in-app purchases).

2. Sleep smarter: Optimize your sleep

Don’t make rookie mistakes with the activity that takes up about a third of your life. Science has shown there are many tips and tricks that lead to better quality sleep. Time to kick the bad sleep habits in 2018 and get smart about sleep!

Tool to recommend: Shleep app (iOS/Android) is a daily sleep coaching program developed by a team of sleep experts that takes just 5 minutes a day (free with optional in-app purchases).

3. Exercise smarter: Pick up high-intensity interval training

In 2018 you want to exercise the smart way, not spend hours at a time with little result. Instead spend less time on exercise, but make it count. HIIT is the way to go, it stands for high-intensity interval training and combines a mixture of short bursts of intense activity with periods of rest. In addition to the health benefits, HIIT leads to more efficient burning of calories than other types of exercise.

Tool to recommend: Seven app is a great place to start as it has helpful illustrations and instructions (Free with optional in-app purchases).

 4. Eat smarter: Reduce your sugar intake

Eating smarter isn’t just about eating fewer calories, it’s about eating the right calories. There’s hidden sugar in many of our everyday food and drink items that might seem completely innocent. The USDA has put guidelines forward on the maximum amount of sugar, but the average American consumes almost triple that amount. Time to figure out how much-hidden sugar is in your diet!

Tool to recommend: Change4life, developed by Public Health England which lets you determine the amount of sugar in food and drink (Free).

5. Work smarter: Work in shorter bursts

Time your work to how your brain prefers it, which is not in long stretches at a time, but instead taking regular breaks. One approach is the Pomodoro method where you work in 25-minute intervals.

Tool to recommend: A simple cooking timer will do the job! Here’s how to do it:

If you want to go digital there’s tools for web or desktop (e.g., PomoDone for Chrome, free with optional in-app purchases) or iOS apps (e.g., Be Focused, free with optional in-app purchases).

 

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