Tech to Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

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With the passing of the old year and the dawn of the new, it’s time to make your new year’s resolutions. What is a new year’s resolution? It’s the time-honored tradition of setting goals for the year ahead with the intent of some kind of personal progress—think making some fitness goals, creating space for more personal time, or mastering a new hobby. There’s just one problem: new year’s resolutions are really tricky to keep! To help you realize your new year’s goals, we’ve crafted a list of tech that can help you keep on track so you can have all-new resolutions next year.

When you want to get more organized

If you find every year starts out with you making a new year resolution to get more organized, and you end each year even more disorganized than before, it might be time to call in for reinforcements. We suggest investing in a new tablet to help you get your life on track. Not only can you load it with all the productivity apps that keep you on track with projects and schedule out your time, but it’s easy to port around with you everywhere you go, so you can stay on top of things at home, at the office, and everywhere in between.

When you want to learn something new

One of the more popular new year’s resolutions surrounds expanding your mind, whether that means taking a class that helps you expand your professional skill set, discovering a new language, or taking up a new hobby. Because that learning often comes in the form of podcasts or online tutorials, a pair of earbuds or over the ear earphones are an absolute necessity. Noise-canceling capabilities will block out any outside noise so you can focus on your lessons, providing crystal clear sound so you don’t miss a word of direction.

When you want to embrace your artistic side

Want to amp up your creativity in the new year? Paint brushes, colored pencils and chalk can be fun, but a tablet-friendly pencil is a great addition to your arsenal. You can satisfy your desire to draw, sketch and color using your tablet as your easel, and transform your art into digital files to share and print if you so choose.

When you want to keep up your motivation to work out

Is there anyone whose new year’s resolutions don’t include working out more? Probably not—so it’s a good idea to stock up on some essentials to keep your fitness goals on track. If you’re a runner and like to listen to music on your phone, a durable phone case and a screen protector are absolute musts.  If you’re into biking, a bike mount is a great way to secure your phone to your handlebars so you can easily keep track of your route and scroll through your playlists. And for yoga, weight training or other mat-based workouts, a portable speaker can connect to your phone using Bluetooth and pipe your music throughout the room to help you get in the zone.

When you want to track your workout progress

Keeping yourself motivated to work out is one thing, but seeing the results of your efforts in real time is entirely another. One of the best ways to keep your new year resolution of working out on track is to track your progress, and a smartwatch will do exactly that. You can keep an eye on your heart rate while you’re maximizing your gains, monitor your overall health when you’re resting, and download a plethora of health apps that will go even deeper into your progress tracking so you can meet your goals.

When you want to drink more water

You always hear that drinking water is important for your health, but how often do you heed that advice? Make water intake an easy new year goal with a smart water bottle designed to help you get more H2O. At 24oz capacity, you’ll have more than enough to help you quench your thirst—and it’s insulated to keep your liquids at exactly the right temperature. But as an added bonus, it also doubles as a portable battery pack with a Qi wireless charger so you can re-juice your portable tech when you’re on the run.

When you want to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life

Life can’t just be all about the go, go, go of it all—sometimes you need downtime to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions. May we suggest an unorthodox approach? Pack up a picnic, go to the great outdoors, and bring a portable record player with you. As you watch the wildlife go by, you can recall the golden era of music with your favorite tunes on vinyl. You can’t completely distance yourself from the present, of course—it features Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect it to an external speaker for a more intense sound experience. But the 12-hour rechargeable lithium battery ensures you’ll have plenty of listening time so you can disconnect for a bit and let yourself daydream.

This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Carly Milne, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

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