You’ve made your list of good intentions, but how easy are they to keep? Read on to discover the apps designed to help keep you – and your new habits – on track. 

Whether it’s being better at budgeting, sorting out your inbox, donating more to charity or heading to the gym more, changing up the way we live our everyday lives is something all of us consider at the beginning of the year. Keeping these good intentions going, however, is a goal that we don’t always manage to achieve. These apps have all been designed to help you change your habits for good. There are no excuses now! 


Tidy Your Inbox:

Has decluttering your inbox made its way onto your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, you are probably not alone. In 2019, approximately 294 billion emails were sent and received every day, leaving many inboxes in a state of disarray. There are several apps designed to help you sort this mess., available to download on both iOS and Android, not only enables users to instantly unsubscribe from emails they no longer want to see, but it also gives you two choices for the emails you want to continue to receive: either keep them coming to your inbox, or receive them via their ‘RollUp’ notification – a consolidated feed of all your ‘RollUp’ emails delivered to you at your chosen time of day, keeping them out of your daily inbox feed, but still to hand.  

Pricing: Free
Available: iOS and Android

Get Fit: Sweatcoin 

The most common January goal, but also often the hardest one, is the challenge to get fitter and live a healthier lifestyle. Not long ago, we came across Sweatcoin, the Number 1 Rated App on the App Store that actually pays you to walk, carrying the motto, “Work, earn, spend, repeat.” The fastest-growing health app today, Sweatcoin tracks every step you take outdoors, converting those steps into Sweatcoin currency, which you can then spend on products and services ranging from high-tech shoes to iPhones, holidays and everything in between. 

Pricing: Free
Available: iOS and Android

New Year Resolutions Apps Sweatcoin
IG: @sweatcoin

Adopt a Positive Mindset: Grateful

Maintaining a positive attitude 24/7 may be challenging, but the power of positive thinking can work wonders, boosting productivity and helping us maintain healthy relationships at home and at work. Grateful, an online gratitude journal, helps you focus on the good stuff, encouraging you to jot down the positives in your life with prompts such as “What made you smile today?” that are designed to get the ideas flowing. The app also allows you to upload photos, keep a record of happy times and thoughts on your timeline so you can check in on your state of mind over the previous months, and customise your own prompts.

Pricing: Free
Available: iOS and Android

Fight Global Hunger: ShareTheMeal

Did you know it costs only USD 0.50 to feed a child for a day? On ShareTheMeal, an app developed by the UN food programme that has so far funded 49 million meals, they provide a foolproof place where you can take that 50c and get it where it needs to go to help combat global hunger. Making it easy to give small amounts regularly, the app lets you donate with just a click of your smartphone, either via a link to your bank account or Apple Pay, with further options of donating as a team, or on a regular basis. Scroll through their programmes to give to your country of choice, with all proceeds going to meals delivered via the World Food Programme.

Pricing: Free
Available: iOS and Android

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New Year Resolutions Apps ShareTheMeal Grateful
IG: @sharethemeal

Sort Out Your Finances: YNAB (You Need A Budget) 

If the task of organising your finances seems a little too daunting, try an app. YNAB (You Need A Budget) has been designed to help you manage your finances, addressing everything from bill paying to savings goal setting. Focused on helping you positively prioritise how you want to spend your money, it provides an easy platform where you can chart your monthly budget, import transactions directly from your accounts, and track your progress with handy graphs and reports. You can also share your budget with a partner. 

Pricing: Free for the first 34 days; HKD 93.36/month thereafter
Available: iOS and Android

Be More Decisive: Tiny Decisions 

Bored of taking time to mull over the little things in life? Tiny Decisions is an app that proposes to make decision making fun and easy – all you have to do is spin the wheel. Designed to answer basic questions ranging from “What should I eat for dinner tonight?” to “Which workout should I do today,” you can customise your wheel to include your own options, holding yourself to account when it automatically delivers an answer to your quandary. 

Pricing: Free
Available: iOS and Android

New Year Resolutions Apps Tiny Decisions You Need A Budget

IG: @youneedabudget

Eat Less Meat: Forks Over Knives

Joining the gang doing Veganuary? Help is at hand. Forks Over Knives is a mobile recipe app that helps you conquer your plant-based journey. With over 400 recipes available and a new plant-based one added every week, you’ll have plenty to choose from. With the aim of changing the way the world approaches nutrition, you can now master the art of plant-based cooking. Or, if you’re keen to venture out, check out our guides to the best vegetarian and vegan spots in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Pricing: HKD 38
Available: iOS and Android

Forks Over Knives New Year's Resolutions Apps

IG: @forksoverknives


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