It’s easy to make a handful of resolutions at the start of the new year, but it’s much harder to keep them going throughout the year. Though many of us make resolutions, nearly 88 percent of all resolutions fail or are not followed through the entire year. Often, this is because we lose focus and determination after a few months of trying to break our bad habits.

One of the easiest ways to ensure a successful resolution is to start one with a friend, but if you have your eyes set on a one-person task, there are plenty of ways to maintain motivation and give yourself a fighting chance. We already use our smartphones for increasingly more tasks, but when it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, they can be your secret weapon. Utilizing an automated messaging system or recurring automatic alerts can give you a helpful nudge if you begin to stray from your resolution. Here are a few ways that automated messaging can help you stay on track this year.

Reduce Bank Fees

Unfortunately, it’s very easy to lose money to your bank because of hidden fees for low balances or overcharges. If your goal is to be responsible with your money this year and avoid these fees, most banks will provide text message alerts for low balances or if your credit card reaches a certain limit, allowing you to plan your expenses carefully to avoid being charged.

Taking Your Medicine

Many school boards and pharmacies have begun sending automated messages to increase immunizations and medicine pickups, and you can arrange for the same at home. It’s very easy to overlook medication when you’re hustling to get to work or eating lunch at your desk, so giving yourself an automatic reminder can make a big difference. Whether it’s a daily text message to yourself at set times, or just a calendar reminder at work, it’s easy to arrange a regular poke to get going.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the most common resolutions, but it is also one of the most difficult habits to break. There are many smoking cessation courses out there, but studies have shown that motivational text messages delivered at key times are effective for many smokers. Using a program or online SMS sender to arrange pre-scheduled messages of encouragement for times when you know you’ll want a cigarette most can give you a much-needed boost.

Paying Bills on Time

Like overcharge fees from your bank, missing a bill payment can have a big impact on your finances. There are plenty of time management apps for your convenience, but one of the easiest ways is to set up a Google Calendar with all of your bill due dates and add automated messages to alert you when they are coming due. You can easily manage all of your bills with Google’s free calendar, if you’re willing to do a bit of prep work.

Save More Money

While it’s easy to start spending a little less, many people find it hard to actually save money. If extra cash tends to burn a hole in your pocket, it’s best to save first and then plan your budget around the money you have left to keep from overspending. Like with most resolutions, small nudges and incremental changes are more effective than grand plans, so start small. Free money management services like offer automatic messaging alerts that will prompt you to divert money to your savings or IRA, or to help you meet financial goals like paying off a credit card or building your retirement.