New year, new you – right?

Looking back at last year, how many New Year’s resolutions did you set for yourself and how many did you achieve? One? That’s a good start. Two? Good for you. And if you can count three or more then you must be doing something right.

But if you’re like the rest of us, who need a little inspiration for 2017, there are several apps that can help with that.

Health kick

At the top of many people’s lists is something about a commitment to get fit, lose more weight, or consume less alcohol.

The Australian government recommends the average adult (aged 18-64 years) should be doing at least 30-40 minutes of moderate physical activity daily to stay healthy. If you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, one way to achieve this is use the help of Couch to 5K, a popular coaching app designed to help people run five kilometres in nine weeks. Hello Sunday Morning, one of the Vodafone Foundation’s NFP partners, offers tools, ideas, and P2P support to help you drink less.

On the diet front, there’s plenty of information about what’s good and not good for you, and using MyFitnessPal to track your food and kilojoule intake can be a way to reflect and identify exactly what those foods are, with the help of the app’s five million-plus database.

Career and personal development

Lynda, an app and digital community from LinkedIn, let’s people watch expert courses in topics such as photography, business training, web, and interactive design, and business training, with the flexibility to learn skills at your own pace.

For those wanting to learn a new language, Duolingo teaches people how to learn a new language as if you were playing any other game on your phone, letting you compete with friends.

Many Australians are focussed on work-life balance in the new year, with the

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) finding Australia lags below the OECD average in terms of work-life balance, with full-time employees on average reporting having 30 minutes less time off than their international counterparts.

Smiling Mind is a meditation app developed by psychologists and educators to help people enhance their wellbeing and manage stress levels, and eventually, help people “switch off” completely – even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Work-life balance can also mean getting organised and staying focused on the task at hand. There are plenty of apps to assist with time management, like fan favourite Evernote, which is basically an online notebook for everything – notes, to-do lists, photos, web pages, PDF files, and audio clips.

Another popular resolution is to declutter one’s life to ‘make room’ for what’s really important. Japanese author and organising consultant Marie Kondo has sold millions of books on this topic and now has a self-titled app, exclusively on iPhone, to help people get organised and stay motivated.


While Australians are travelling more now than ever before, a common resolution is to make time for more holidays – whether that’s exploring your own backyard or taking off to another a city internationally. The Time Out team has apps for different cities around the world and works much as a local directory covering everything local attractions, restaurants, bars, and events.

10 apps to a new you in 2017


Of course, a major impediment to getting out and seeing the world is one’s bank balance! If you’ve resolved to save more, the Australian government has an app called TrackMySpend that lets people track their personal expenses to assist users with budgeting.

Best of luck!

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments.

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Alyssa Jones

Head of Vodafone Foundation

Alyssa Jones,
Head of Vodafone Foundation

Alyssa works at the intersection of medicine and mobile technology. Partnering with the Garvan Institute, Hello Sunday Morning, and Baker IDI, Alyssa provides tech solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.