With the annual renewal of the year-long calendar comes a natural renewal of our resolve to be better people: eat better, workout more, call our loved ones regularly, and meet our professional goals. Though we may have started the last year with best of intentions, we're only human, and everyone slips from where they think they should be.

This year, give yourself a leg up by downloading an app that will truly help you meet the resolutions you make this year. The more help, the better, as far as I'm concerned, and I think you'll agree after you check out these 10 great apps that will help you make this year the best year ever.

1. Motivation Daily and Positivity

If you need daily doses of motivation in a streamlined, simple format, this new app from Murray Newlands is for you. The motivational speaker and author has created perfect quotes to motivate anyone who feels like they're lagging, whether you are trying to kill it in the gym, prep for a presentation at work or school, or need some help with any other kind of task.

2. Productivity Challenge Timer

Are you addicted to your phone? Find yourself playing Candy Crush when you should be working? This app goes one step further than just keeping you off your phone. Productivity Challenge Timer tracks your work habits and ranks you, starting with "unrepentant slacker" and gaining in prestige as your productivity rises. Set an unlimited amount of tasks, and get tons of stats to track your progress.

3. Wonderful Day

In a simple, easy to see format, Wonderful Day helps you set your daily goals and which days of the weeks you want to do them, and then mark them off on a daily calendar. Each day you succeed, you get a green dot. When you fail, you get a red dot. Trying to achieve your longest streak is simple, but it works.

4. ThinkUp

Practicing affirmations has never been easier with this app that let's you personalize your affirmations, set notifications, add music and even life goals. Choose from life goals like health, self esteem, abundance, life and relationship and stress relief. The app lets you choose 5 affirmations for free to practice every day for 21 days, the minimum time needed to set a new habit.

5. BattleSteps

If you don't really like walking for fitness but know that you should, this app could change your whole mindset. BattleSteps turns walking into an exciting contest where your goal is to walk more than your matched opponent in a 12-hour period. While you're trying to move up in rankings and compete, you're gaining health and fitness at the same time.

6. The Soulfully Optimized Life

Brainchild of Adam Siddiq, The Soulfully Optimized Life app gives you all of Siddiq's content in a one-stop shop: video interviews, inspirational podcasts, quotes, blog posts and more with tons of guests who are motivational luminaries in their own right. From the law of attraction to economic health, this app has it all.

7. The Rock Clock

This hilarious and highly motivational app is for fans of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and comes with some awesome and unique features. First, The Rock Clock starts your day with a motivational message alarm, and no snooze button -- the Rock doesn't snooze. You can customize your alarm and even set the clock to wake you up when The Rock wakes up, so you can be even more like your idol. Never skip a gym day again!

8. Forest

Geared toward the nature lover in all of us, this app helps you stay focused by planting a virtual tree, which you then water and grow by not using your phone for the entire time that you've pre-set. If you use your phone, the tree dies, so though you may not stay focused, you certainly will be motivated to not use your phone.

9. Coach.me

Instead of checking in at your destination, what if you could check in when you accomplished a goal? Celebrate your victories and track your progress with the Coach.me app, which tracks and displays your progress in handy graphs and charts and tracks your "momentum," or the time left to make your progress into a habit. There's also a supportive user community that will help you on your way.

10. Gratitude Journal

This beautiful and effective app helps you to rewire your brain in just five minutes a day by journaling things that you're grateful for every day. Psychological research has found that the thoughts you focus on become more prominent in your mind, and the more positive and grateful you think, the more positive and grateful you feel. There's only one way to find out if they're right -- try it out and see!

Published on: Dec 30, 2016