Stay motivatedNow that you’ve set yourself a number of new year’s resolutions, the challenge is trying to stick with them for the entirety of 2016 and beyond in order to achieve your bigger goals. While the actual mechanics involved in working smarter, losing weight or getting more done can be difficult enough, the biggest challenge you may face is a lack of motivation. Just getting started can be rough and it can be even tougher to keep it going.

Unsurprisingly, the world of mobile apps for your smartphones and tablets is once again coming to the rescue. You could download any number of motivation apps that provide you with a series of inspirational quotes each day, but we’re much more interested in apps that are more practical in nature and actually do encourage you to work harder, work smarter, and accomplish your ambitious objectives for the year.

Fabulous: Motivate Me!

Motivational coaching based on science

Motivational coaching based on science


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Being able to work smarter starts with having a healthier body. Kicking off this list of motivation apps, Fabulous uses science-based coaching to keep you on track, lifting yourself to “get active, eat better, sleep better, lose weight and stay motivated.” The goal here is to establish healthy habits so that they become second nature to you. This is accomplished through “journeys” that unlock your potential, reminding you of the specific activities you should perform every day.

My Effectiveness

Give your tasks some big picture perspective

Give your tasks some big picture perspective


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One of the most common reasons why people have come to dread to-do lists is that they can be little more than a list of tasks that need to be completed and you struggle to ever see the bottom. There’s no connection to something bigger. My Effectiveness provides that connection by first requiring you to state your mission, define your influence, describe your roles, and figure out how all of that fits into the tasks you need to complete. In addition to managing what to do, this app asks you why you want to do it.

GoalTracker

The best motivation apps use charts and numbers

The best motivation apps use charts and numbers


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When you set a big ambitious goal for the year, it can be terribly disheartening when the end objective seems so out of reach. It’s important to celebrate your small victories along the way and tracking your progress is a great way to do that. GoalTracker lets you set goals for different timelines, like this week or this month, and then it tracks your progress toward them. You get plenty of graphs and details, visualizing that data into something more meaningful. Motivation apps broken down with pie charts and percentages really put things into perspective.

LifeRPG

Would you work harder if there were a princess to save?

Would you work harder if there were a princess to save?


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Particularly for the millennial generation but equally applicable to people of all age groups, gamification can be radically effective in boosting motivation. These can be represented by sales target at work, but as apps like HabitRPG also demonstrate, gamification works great in every aspect of your life too. The LifeRPG app for Android works in much the same way, getting to you “gain XP” for completing “missions” and growing your “skills.” And like some real video games, LifeRPG is about as open-ended and self-guided as it gets.

Do It (Tomorrow)

Give yourself a break and do it tomorrow

Give yourself a break and do it tomorrow


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If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, procrastination is overwhelmingly attractive at times. And when we fail to polish off our to-do lists every day, we can get really down on ourselves and that’s not good for motivation moving forward. Sometimes, you need to cut yourself some slack and that’s where this task manager app is different. You still get a to-do list, but as the name of the app suggests, it’s really easy to bump a task onto tomorrow’s list. Via an in-app purchase, you can gain homescreen widgets too.

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