Teching Out Your New Year Resolutions in 2017

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The beginning of the New Year offers us a chance to reflect on who we are and how we can make our lives better. This could mean making healthier choices, spending more time with family and friends, or choosing to be more organized. Whatever your resolution the most important thing is making sure it sticks. Below are some ways technology can help you achieve your goals.

Google Goals – Whatever your resolution, Google’s Goal feature built into Google Calendar can help make sure you achieve it. Simply decide what you want to change and then open up the Google Calendar app on your phone. Not click the plus sign and choose “goal” and then answer a few questions. After that Google will look at your calendar and find time to make it work. You’ll also get helpful reminders and automatic rescheduling should something unexpected come up.

FitBit Charge 2 – Many people choose working out more as their new year’s resolution but often that’s a hard one to stick simply because the results aren’t always immediate. That’s where the FitBit Charge 2 comes in. You simply wear this as you work out and it will automatically track your movement and record it in an easy-to-use app. You’ll see not only how long you worked out but also the intensity (thanks to its built in heart rate monitor) and all of that is logged and charted over time. In addition, wear it as you sleep and it’ll also track how long you slept and the quality of that sleep. It’s a great way to make sure you get more Zzz’s.

Google Home – Eating healthier is a common resolution, but again can be difficult if you don’t know or want to take the time to look up recipes. That’s where Google Home can come in. This amazing assistant sits quietly on your counter until you ask it a question. It can tell you about your commute, answer your kids’ burning questions and also read out recipes simply by saying “Hey Google.” It’s really helpful when your hands are full of chicken and all you want to know is how long to cook it for instance at what temperature.

Bose Soundsport Pulse – No matter how busy your life, there’s always room for relaxation. What better way than breaking away from the hustle and bustle by listening to some calming mediation music. With the Bose Soundsport Pulse just pop them in your ears, turn on your favorite music, and escape the world. These headphones have Bose quality sound so they’re sure to sound great and also are completely wireless. That means you can stream from your phone even when it’s charging across the room – a double win!

Steve Van Dinter is Verizon's PR Manager for the Great Lakes area. As a tech enthusiast and former tech reporter, he loves showing people how their lives can be made easier thanks to use of new technologies.

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