Apps to change you, getting things done, and agile resolutions

January_04_2019As it’s the new year, this week we’ve got the perfect articles to help focus your to-do lists and hopefully stick to those resolutions (Gregg’s now have a vegan sausage roll, so vegan resolutions have been made easier).

Number one - An app to change your life

There are an increasing number of apps made to make any facet of your life easier, including a rising trend of habit apps. As resolutions are sworn and we face a path of either kept goals or broken promises, The Goods has outlined the growing market of apps letting users tick off daily tasks to develop a new habit, and whether or not these aspirational apps really work. 

Number two - Failed design resolutions

Every year starts with the same optimism that this time you will keep your resolutions, however the gym shoes are usually forgotten under the bed by February. Don't fret, you are not alone. Creative Bloq has created a round-up of design-related resolutions, why those designers failed at them, and how you can avoid the pitfalls they stumbled upon.

Number three - Get it done

In our current society, we are all obsessed with getting stuff done. Be it our side-hustles, our actual job, or finally finishing off that book after getting the kids to bed. Fast Company has found what the most productive people do to get through their to-do lists, and have collated the best bits to make 2019 the most productive year yet. Tips include having select clear goals for each week, making time to simply think, and looking at how you spend (or waste) your time.

Number four - Agile resolutions

Agile ways of working have invaded many parts of our lives beyond the office, but for a good reason. This method is great for achieving goals and working through problems, something which resolutions also aim to do. Hackernoon has outlined how to apply agile thinking to your resolutions, moving away from the traditional waterfall method, to working towards incremental milestones while facing, and overcoming, roadblocks head-on through the use of three month sprints.

Number five - Try something new

With a whole year ahead, things can seem daunting. However this TED talk from Matt Cutts outlines how trying something new for 30 days can make a huge difference. So, perhaps it may not be a ‘new year, new you’, but instead a ‘new month, new you’.