The Best Job Search, Diet, Fitness & Dating Apps for Self Improvement

Whether you’re kissing someone at midnight in Times Square with your 2020 hat pushed back on your head or lounging on the couch in PJs reminiscing over years past while listening to “Auld Lang Syne,” there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to cross your mind that evening: the time-honored tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. There is something truly magical about a new beginning, a fresh start, or a chance to better yourself. New Year’s is the perfect time of year to reevaluate your life choices and prioritize the change you want to achieve. Don’t wait for the ball to drop to make your resolutions. It’s time for you to take your self improvement into your own hands, because this is your year! Since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolutions, I have gathered the best apps possible to help you on your journey toward your goals. These functional apps will help you to get motivated and make some big life changes and tackle all your resolutions. Whether you're looking for fitness apps, job search apps, diet apps, or apps to organize your finances, and even your inbox, we have you covered. 

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Friendship & Dating Apps

Hinge: Dating & Relationships (Free)

Looking for love this year? Maybe Hinge is the app for you. Hinge’s goal is to get you past just matching with someone and on to connecting with them. With the app’s detailed profile setup, you quickly get a sense of someone’s personality and gather key information about them, such as religion, height, if they want children, and politics. That way you can know the basics of their personality and belief system before you reach out. It’s also one of the best match-making apps that doesn’t come with a hefty price tag.

Bumble – Meet New People (Free)

Bumble isn’t exactly a new app, but it’s listed here for a reason. Not only is Bumble a dating app, but its BFF mode offers a great way to make new friends. We all need authentic friendships, no matter what stage of life we are in. And this app is so popular; it’s a tried and true option when searching for new friendships. One of my favorite features of Bumble BFF is that it lets you select your interests based on what you’re looking for in a friend. For example, a workout partner, travel buddy, someone you can schedule mommy meetups with, etc. That way, you can get the most out of this app and find the exact relationship you are looking for.

Organize Your Money, Inbox & Job Search with These Apps

Tally – Pay Off Debt Faster (Free)

Are you sick of being in debt? Let Tally be your personal financial advisor—but for free. In under ten minutes of set-up time, Tally will build you a customized plan to help you achieve a debt-free life. After you scan in your credit cards, Tally works by giving you a new credit line at a lower annual rate and using it to strategically pay down your cards. It’s a great way to view, organize, and manage all your debt in one hassle-free place. Best of all? You’re guaranteed no late fees!

ZipRecruiter Job Search (Free)

Looking to level up your professional life this year? Isn’t it time to ditch the boring job and pursue that dream career you’ve been secretly yearning for? Job hunting can be daunting and is dreaded by most everyone. But not anymore! I’m so happy to share ZipRecruiter with you as my absolute favorite job search app. I have such an inclination toward it truly just because of the ease of use. With its filters, you can conveniently find the positions you are interested in all within you’re preferred location. Best part of all? You can apply to jobs with just one tap with your pre-loaded information. It’s literally an employment seeker’s dream come true. ZipRecruiter also makes it easy to track your current applications and sends you a notification when your application is viewed by the company. Happy job hunting!

Clean Email (Free)

This is the year that you finally get your inbox down to zero! Clean Email empowers you to take charge of your inbox once and for all. The most resourceful feature of this app is Smart Views. Instead of being stuck in the same old rut of sorting your inbox by each individual email (which is wildly time-consuming and is probably why we all have inbox issues, to begin with), you can view your emails in grouped segments. It also boasts a fantastic unsubscribe button that does all the work for you without even requiring you to open the email. It also has an Auto Clean feature that will automatically archive or remove repetitive emails you may be receiving. Clean Email works with every email provider, so no matter what, this could be a viable option for you.

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Libby, by OverDrive (Free)

Libby is a great app to easily get more literature in your life. Just dig out your old library card from the recesses of your wallet, search for your local library on the app, and you’re in. You will then have access to thousands of e-books and free audiobooks! Libby offers something for everybody. You can download books or audiobooks for offline reading, send your books to your Kindle, and even check out graphic novels or picture books with a read-along audio option for the littlest readers in your life. And yes to the most important question of all, Libby does support Dark Mode for the iPhone.

1 Second Everyday: Video Diary (Free)

Every year during the holiday season, I start reminiscing over the past year. Have you ever wished you could look back without staying up way past your bedtime scrolling all the way back in your Photos app? 1 Second Everyday combines all of your daily moments and creates an enchanting movie for you. It’s so much fun to watch. Your videos can span over any custom time span from monthly to the past five years. Once you’ve created a video, you can easily share it to your favorite social media platform. Pro tip: my favorite way to use this app is to keep my Live Photo option on in my Camera app. That way, I can turn any of my photos into short videos, which makes using this app the easiest ever.

Golden Volunteer Opportunities (Free)

One of my personal resolutions this year is to get out of my comfort zone and find a way to help others. That’s where Golden Volunteer Opportunities comes into play. I don’t have large amounts of time to dedicate to a passion project right now, and I thought that might be to my detriment. However, you can set filters to your available days and times and get offered realistic opportunities that cater to your lifestyle. Each volunteering project has a compact description focusing on the purpose, role, and vibe of the project, so you know exactly what you are committing to. This year, it’s time for each of us to try just a little bit harder to be the change we want to see in the world.

Health, Diet & Fitness Apps

LifesumLifesum: Diet & Macro Tracker (Free)

If you are on the get-healthy-2020 bandwagon and are looking for a diet/calorie/macro tracker, then Lifesum is the best one out there. It offers a large variety of diets, such as low carb, ketogenic, and everything in between. A favorite feature of Lifesum is the recipe and meal planning section. You can scroll through perfectly organized recipes customized specifically for your diet and easily track what you eat without a lot of tedious data entry. If you are new to watching what you eat and are intimidated by the thought of counting macros or knowing the difference between high protein versus ketogenic, never fear! Lifesum has a test to help discover a plan that best suits your goals, body, and current lifestyle.

Amwell: Doctor Visits 24/7 (Free)

Do you hate taking time out of your day for a lengthy drive to your doctor’s appointment just to sit in the waiting room for over an hour? Have you been putting off certain health issues waiting for a better time to address them? Are you just a busy human being? The Amwell app takes away all those obstacles to going to the doctor. Amwell clinicians offer services such as urgent care, therapy, nutrition, psychiatry, and even lactation consulting. The service also has an affordable pay scale that makes it cheaper to use than your traditional doctor’s office. If you have health insurance, you can check to see if your plan covers Amwell.

For me, as a parent, Amwell has been an absolute lifesaver. If one of my kids is sick, I no longer have to take time off work and drive across town. And heaven forbid they get sick in the middle of the night, that opens up a whole different can of worms. Regardless of time or day, I can get them seen by a professional and have a prescription called in within 20 minutes. It’s truly been a game changer for my family and me.

Nike Training Club (Free)

Regardless if you are brand new to the fitness world or a seasoned athlete, the Nike Training Club app has something for everyone. It’s been on my phone for ages and remains a personal favorite. It offers a huge selection of workouts for every level. You can pick a body-focused workout or a genre like endurance, yoga, or strength. The workouts, led by athletes and trainers, are geared toward different fitness levels and range from 15–45 minutes. I normally just hop on there and pick one of the recommended workouts from the Workout Collections section. It’s all you need to get a great workout from anywhere.

Don’t drop the ball on your resolutions this year. This time let’s start things out right by ringing in the brightest year of our lives. The countdown to becoming the best version of yourself is starting now. Whatever your goals and ambitions, use these apps to make sure you’re making deliberate choices so you can turn your resolutions into realities.

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Briana Dicks

Briana Dicks is the proud mother of two fiery little girls. She is an advocate for happiness, reading, healthy living, and truth-telling.