Last week we suggested 10 tools for sticking to your New Year's Resolutions. Those with an iPhone or iPod Touch, though, have a few additional, always-available tools for keeping up the good self-improvement fight.
Here's our list of apps that make tracking, remembering, and motivating your resolutions easier than willpower alone. All of them (except RunKeeper) run on both iPhones and iPod touch models.
RunKeeper for motivating your run
Running is one of, if not the best, exercise plan for those who like immediate, measurable proof of their progress. RunKeeper, a free app that Adam used to roll his own Nike+ iPhone for free, is the data-hound's running companion. Using the iPhone's GPS powers, where and how far you went is mapped out (if with a few glitches), your calories burned and average speed marked, and it can all be searched through and/or synced to the RunKeeper web site. For a similar solution with a different mix of strengths and features, try Fitnio. (RunKeeper Free and Pro)
Weightbot for, well, your weight
For just $US2, you can grab an app that makes measuring your body weight sort of (seriously) fun. The previously toured iPhone/iPod touch app has a really slick look to it, and takes your weight down in tenths-of-a-pound increments, along with auto-calculating your Body Mass Index. Your day-by-day progress can be graphed out and tracked against a goal weight, and if you're concerned about friends prone to "Ooh, let me see your iPhone apps!" fever, Weightbot can be password locked before giving away the stats. (Store link)
Remember the Milk for everything else
This one's a bit pricier, but you're getting more than just a nagging reminder to do this or don't do that. With a $US25/year Remember the Milk Pro account, its iPhone/iPod touch app (which offers 15 free days to any account) gives you pretty much complete access to all your lists, tasks, alerts, reminders, and whatever resolution you're plugging in. Plus, using geo-location features, you can goad yourself into stopping by Goodwill to finally drop off those clothes, since you're already shopping in the neighbourhood. As noted in its Top 10 entry, though, RTM's real benefit is that it syncs itself everywhere at all times. So remembering to buy a better paper filing box while you're at your desk can pay off the next time you're in an OfficeMax. (store link)
iOwn to stop hoarding stuff
Most of us can probably do with a little less stuff, and we're all prone to buying things we already own—I'll point you to a drawer full of barely-used duct tape, if you'd like. iOwn is a one-stop spot for keeping track of those things you always tend to buy more of, or just want to have more details about the stuff you already have at your fingertips (does the DVD player take component cables, or just S-Video?). You can give any item as many attributes as you'd like, and the full $US5 version lets you store, and backup online, as many items as you can think of (the free, Lite version is a 10-item trial). It's pitched as a total-home organiser, but if you've just got one collection or acquisition habit you're looking to reign in—spices, music, photo frames, whatever—it's pretty indispensable. (via LA Times Blogs; iOwn free and lite links)
That's our flight of apps, but we want to hear what free or paid iPhone/iPod apps work for goals and resolutions. Share the app names in the comments.