10 Products to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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We’re one month into 2019, so it might be a good time to take stock of how your New Year’s resolutions are coming along. Even if you struggle to find motivation or have already strayed from your original plan, there’s still plenty of time to get back on track and finish out the year strong. Whether you want to focus on your health, save money, or become a “new you” in a variety of other ways, here are 10 products that can help you achieve your goals.

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1. If You Pledged to Clean More This Year: Neato Robotics D7 Robot Vacuum

The Neato D7 vacuum
Neato Robotics, Amazon

Hate cleaning? You’re far from the only one, but it doesn’t have to be such a chore. Neato’s newest robotic vacuum, the D7, will do the work for you. It uses lasers to create a detailed floor plan of your home, moving in straight lines to suck up dirt and dust bunnies. You can program it so that it avoids certain places—like rooms you haven’t gotten around to decluttering yet—while turning its attention to problem areas instead. The battery lasts 120 minutes, but if it’s low on juice, it will tell you exactly how much power it needs to get the job done.

Get it on Amazon for $699 or at these other retailers:

2. If You Pledged To Put Down Your Phone And Talk More IRL: Game of Phones

Game of Phones

Breaking Games, Amazon

We understand that it can be tough to put your phone down, even if all of your closest friends happen to be in the room with you. Game of Phones offers a compromise. In this fun party game for three or more people, players use their smartphones to complete a task or find something online. One card might instruct players to read aloud the funniest text they received this week, while another might ask them to find the weirdest real news story from that day. Much like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, each round has a judge who picks the best response.

Get it on Amazon for $25 or Uncommon Goods for $20.

3. If You Pledged To Hit The Gym More Often: Aaptiv

Gym memberships don’t come cheap, but fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get a good workout at home. Aaptiv is a virtual personal training app that comes with more than 2500 audio-based workouts to choose from. Certified personal trainers (like Ackeem Emmons, who spoke to Mental Floss for our "Secrets of Personal Trainers" feature) will be right in your ear guiding you through structured programs like yoga, boxing, outdoor running, strength training, and even meditation. In addition to the extra coaching, you’ll also get a motivational boost courtesy of playlists that are perfectly timed to match the tempo of your workout. Whether you’re hoping to lose weight, gain muscle, or train for a 5K, there’s something for everyone.

Sign up on Aaptiv for $15 per month or $100 per year.

4. If You Pledged to Actually Drink Water This Year: Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

A Hidrate water bottle
Hidrate Spark, Amazon

Our bodies lose 2 to 3 liters of water per day, and staying hydrated helps keep our joints, brain, and spinal cord in tip-top shape. If you need some friendly reminders to hit up the water cooler instead of the soda machine, there are now a variety of smart bottles and accessories to help. Hidrate’s smart bottle, for example, tracks how much water you’ve consumed and starts glowing when it’s time for you to drink more. It also syncs up with fitness trackers like the Fitbit and Apple Watch so you can easily monitor your progress.

Get it on Amazon for $45 or at the retailers below. For a budget pick, you can also try the $28 Ulla Hydration reminder bottle attachment.

5. If You Pledged to Reduce Your Plastic Waste: Stasher Silicone Bags

Plastic Ziplock bags are wasteful, but it can be a hassle finding the right lid for your Tupperware container. The solution? Zippable, reusable containers. Stasher’s reusable silicone bags come in three sizes (snack, sandwich, and storage) and they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe. (If you're willing to wait until May, we also love Finell's Zip Top containers, which are designed to stand up and stay open while you load them with food. They're currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter, starting from $28 for a set of three.)

Get Stasher bags now on Amazon for $9-$22.

6. If You Pledged to Stop Buying Starbucks: Keep Cup

Tackle two goals at once by saving money and reducing waste. Keep Cup calls its product “the world’s first barista standard reusable cup,” and there’s something for every type of coffee or tea drinker. The cups come in your choice of material—plastic or glass cups with silicone or cork sleeves—and a variety of sizes and styles. And if you accidentally lose a lid or plug, you can simply order a replacement part instead of buying a whole new cup.

Get it at Keep Cup for $9 to $36 or at these other retailers:

7. If You Pledged to Start Meal Prepping: Rosti Mepal Duo Lunch Box

Getting organized is the key to sticking with any diet or meal plan. Here to help is the Duo Lunch Box—a food container with extra space built into the lid so you don’t have to lug multiple containers to your office. Place your salad, salmon fillet, or sandwich in the main compartment, then stick any extras (like sauces, squishable ingredients like tomatoes, or utensils) in the lid. It also comes with a mini container for your dressings, which can be tucked away inside the lid, too. The base is microwave-safe, and the whole lunch box is safe for the freezer and dishwasher.

Get it at these retailers:

8. If You Pledged to Meditate More: Headspace

A man meditating
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Just a few minutes of meditation can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, according to a study from last year. If you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of mindfulness, the Headspace app is a good resource. Members have access to hundreds of guided meditations that cover everything from reducing stress to improving sleep to boosting confidence. Don’t know how to meditate? No problem—it’s also suitable for beginners. Headspace is currently offering a 40 percent discount for new members.

Sign up on Headspace for $58 a year.

9. If You Pledged to Be Better With Money: You Need a Budget

A handwritten budget in a notebook
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The secret to saving money is monitoring your spending and setting budgets for different items and bills. But if the mere thought of keeping track of all those lists and numbers makes you anxious, let You Need a Budget be your financial guide. The app lets you create spending categories (like rent, Internet, and groceries) and set dollar amounts for each. Connect it to your bank account and it will calculate how much money you have left in each mini-budget as you spend. You can also set goals for yourself—and according to the company, new users save an average of $600 in their first two months with the service.

Sign up on You Need a Budget’s website for $84 per year following a 34-day free trial.

10. If You Pledged to Organize Your Desk: Rocketbook Everlast

The Rocketbook Everlast notebook
Rocketbook, Amazon

If you have too many loose papers and notepads lying around your office, we have two words for you: reusable notebook. Perfect for pen and paper traditionalists, the Rocketbook Everlast lets you take notes or write to-do lists in the same way you would use a regular notebook, except anything you write can be sent to your iCloud, Google Drive, email, Dropbox, Evernote, Slack, and more. Once you’ve stored your notes digitally, just wipe the pages clean with a damp cloth. The executive size has 36 reusable pages and comes in four colors.

Get it on Amazon for $29 or at these other retailers:

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

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Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

Check out some other ways to make flying more comfortable here.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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