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Keep your New Year’s resolutions with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

The new year is the perfect opportunity to get your life back in order, with fresh resolve driving habitual changes that you hope will last. It’s easier to stick to your new year’s resolutions when you have an Android smartphone on your side, managing data, tracking behavior and simplifying tasks that often distract us from our goals. From trimming down your pant size or your debt, quitting bad habits or tracking your tasks, these Android apps will help to extend your resolutions throughout 2012.

PointsPlus Calculator (Free)

Weight Watchers recognizes the potential behind mobile tools, launching a PointsPlus Calculator app for 2012. You can determine point values on the go, and the calculator is tied to your account in order to track your process. The popular weight loss system has declared 2012 “The Year to Believe,” with spokesperson Jennifer Hudson constantly sending out inspirational messages throughout the coming year. The PointsPlus Calculator is just one of the many tools Weight Watchers is pushing for a holistic approach to healthy living. Check out its other app for recipes, a barcode scanner, shopping lists and more.

Quit Smoking (Free)

Quitting smoking is one of the top resolutions on people’s list, and the Quit Smoking widget is designed to help you gradually kick the habit. Start with a quiz to determine your nicotine levels, and the app will drum up a tracker for you. The step-down program is calculated for your needs, with charts that display your progress and your goals. You can mark your stress levels and urges, count your days without a smoke, calculate the money you’ve saved and how your CO levels have improved. It’s no nicotine patch, but sometimes seeing your progress in numbers can motivate you to stay on track.

Habit Streak Pro ($2.99)

New Year’s resolutions are really about changing your bad habits as 12 fresh months are laid before you. Habit Streak Pro will help you with whatever bad habits you’re trying to change, or good habits you’d like to build on. With the Pro version, you can track your daily goals, delivering a daily report on whether you succeeded with yesterday’s objectives. You’ll see your streaks building every day, from exercise to attitude. Build multiple chains for different habits, with prompts to report on your progress. You have full control over your habit tracking, complete with reminders, a to-do log for real-time recording, events and performance graphs.

Debt Payoff Planner ($0.99)

Getting out of debt is a great resolution any time of year, and the Debt Payoff Planner can get you started. The most important aspect of debt erasure is consistency, and there’s nothing like an Android app to help visualize your progress. Determine which debts need to be paid off first, and how long it will take to be debt free. You can apply various strategies to your debt, including the snowball method. See your monthy progress, promotional rates for good behavior, and export your data to Excel as needed. This app will track your payments, and you can even add a Payment Scheduler widget as well as a status notification bar.

Executive Assistant+ ($6.99)

Centralizing tasks, events, news and social streams, Executive Assistant+ makes the most of your time by minimizing app-bouncing. You can access and interact with mail from multiple accounts including Gmail, and manage calendar events across Exchange and Facebook. See your tasks from apps like Astrid, Google Tasks or TouchDown, and compact your news feeds across Reader, Twitter and Facebook. There’s multiple modes with different preview options, including quick access on your lock screen. Executive Assistant+ also has a home screen widget with a few preview configurations for even speedier access and management capabilities.