Top 5 New Year's Resolution Apps

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) 3,2,1...2013! Don't wait until the midnight countdown to figure out your New Year's Resolutions. Start the planning now.

Popular resolutions include losing weight, saving money and giving back to the community. But most people don't keep their resolutions. Not exactly resolute...Don't be a statistic!

These days, there are countless ways to help you stay on track. For starters, there are smartphone apps.

TheStreet found five apps that can help you stick to your goals. Your 2014 resolutions will just be to keep up the good work!

Jillian Michaels Weight Loss

A third of Americans are obese, so it's not surprising that losing pounds is a popular goal. Stay away from those donuts...and hit the gym! Ok, easier said than done.

Fortunately, there are apps to help you. Jillian Michaels, of Biggest Loser fame, has a good one.

Download "Jillian Michaels Weight Loss Plan." Use the "meal plan" and "fitness plan" to keep you on track.

Use the planner to find recipes for healthy dining. There are some tasty-looking options. I'll definitely be making the "apple berry banana smoothie." Register for free to track your daily calories and exercise.

As far as exercise goes, video tutorials show you how to do your workout. Listen to Jillian tell you firsthand exactly what you need to do. Hey, it worked for the Biggest Losers!

The free app is compatible with Apple's ( AAPL) iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also available for Google's ( GOOG) Android operating system.

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach

You may have heard this, but smoking is bad for you.

If you're a smoker, quitting may be on your resolutions list. It probably won't be easy, but there are apps to help you. LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach is one of them.

Tell the app whether you want to quit cold turkey or to reduce your habit gradually. Use the dropdown menu to select your motivation, whether it's "family," "health," "financial," or "cosmetic." If you choose cosmetic, the default motivating message is "I'm committed to a more beautiful me." Hmm...

Having trouble? Click "have a craving," for motivational messages. If you give in, record that you smoked. But hopefully that won't happen!

If you keep up the good work, the app will reward you for "achievements." Sync with social media, and share your success with friends.

The full version of this app is $3.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android.

Pageonce

Another popular resolution is saving money. With all this talk about the fiscal cliff, that's probably crossed your mind recently.

There are lots of helpful apps to keep your spending on track. A good one is Pageonce. Link your credit cards, cell phone bill, utilities and more to the account. Pageonce will sort it all out!

Hopefully, you don't have any credit card debt. But if you do, Pageonce will keep tabs on how much you owe. If you make investments, Pageonce will keep track of those, too.

It helps having everything on the same page. Use Pageonce to help you meet your finance goals!

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android.

Evernote

Don't just organize your money, organize your life! Evernote is great for that.

Evernote is more than just a traditional to-do list. Sometimes, it's less efficient to jot things down. Use the camera to take picture notes. Use the microphone to record audio notes. Even scan PDFs.

Tag everything to stay organized. Use labels or even geotag things by location.

Although the basic features on the app are free, premium subscribers can access notes offline and share notebooks with friends.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also available for Android.

Pay it Forward

Maybe you're not looking to just improve your life, but also the lives of others. The Pay it Forward app is great for that.

Every day, the app sends you a suggestion for a random act of kindness. It tells me to put a quarter in a meter that is about to expire. (If only somebody would have done that for me, that time in L.A...)

Tomorrow, give a pair of shoes to somebody in need. You can also suggest a deed. Check out the world map and leaderboard to keep tabs on nice things done throughout the world.

Make 2013 a good year...for everyone.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later.

-- Written by Katie Roof in New York.

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