Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great (and safe) New Year celebration. I stayed home and was in my PJs by 4:30. We did make steaks and twice baked potatoes, and stayed up til midnight, but that was the extent of our festivities. Just the way I like it. Did you make resolutions? I have a good friend who years ago resolved to not make resolutions. She also gave up giving up things for Lent. She’s kept to both of those. I admire her dedication. If you have made resolutions, getting a little help along the way is always good, so here’s some suggestions on tools and resources.
This one is popular. So what’s a geek to do? Quite literally yesterday someone told me about Nerd Fitness. It’s quite literally a weight loss site for nerds. How awesome is that? They are also working on gamifing weight loss with Rising Heroes. Not sure how that’s going to work out, but I’ll be keeping my eye on it.
Get in Shape
This one sometimes goes along with losing weight and a lot of these resources can be used for either or both. Sites that can help you keep track of fitness (or calories) include My Fitness Pal and The Daily Plate. There’s also quite a few fitness trackers you can use. Popular ones include the Nike Fuelband and the Fitbit. There’s also quite a few smartphone apps out there that will do similar functions, depending on the features of your smartphone. I don’t have any, not sure if my smartphone would work with any of them, so I haven’t tested them out, but if you have, let me know!
Get Out of Debt
The classic computerized help for managing your finances is of course Quicken. It’s been around for years and has been very popular. Another popular option is Mint.com which is pretty similar. Both have mobile apps, but Mint is free. Another free and somewhat new option is Manilla, which allows you to keep track of accounts and bills like utilities, credit cards, subscriptions, and loyalty programs. If you’re looking for help managing your healthcare bills, there are two options that I know of. Simplee and Cake Health which both work like Mint for your health care expenses.
In 2014 I’m hoping I’ll be able to participate in one of GoodReads challenges. Once I no longer have textbooks to read. If you don’t have that problem, check them out. LibraryThing is also a good book collection management site. If you’re interested in eReaders, I can’t recommend a Kindle enough. I have a 3rd generation, which came out the year before the popular Fire, but it’s still pretty cool. I love it. Another popular option is the Barnes & Noble Nook, but of course I’m partial to Amazon’s option.
This is something I’m constantly trying to do. Not even at new years. Like all the time. So maybe I’m not the best person to give you tips on this, but two things that I find that help me are to do lists and a note organizer. For these two tasks I use Astrid and EverNote. Astrid can sync up with your Google Tasks and Calendar and there’s an app you can download for your phone. Plus it gives you funny reminders to do things. For note taking, EverNote is awesome. I save blog ideas, recipes, sources for school papers, and everything else I can think of in it. They have web and mobile apps.
There are plenty other resolutions that people make, but these are some popular ones. I hope you find something that can help you. If you have any website, tools, or suggestions, please share, I’m always looking for helpful websites!