Technology has its pros and cons. In some ways, it can help us accomplish more and live healthier. In others, it can cause major distractions and disruptions in our productivity. More and more mobile apps are using tech’s many benefits to help you improve your life, and you might not even know about most of them yet.
Here are a few apps that can help you be more productive, sleep better, form healthier habits, manage your tasks, keep track of your thoughts and better handle your personal finances all from your smart phone.
You probably have a lot of apps on your phone. Ideally, this would make your life much simpler, but sometimes it only makes things more complicated. Your Evernote app is probably great for helping you keep track of reminders, but trying to manage messages from your email app gives you an instant headache. IFTTT is based on programmable recipes made up of if/then statements. It allows you to set up your apps to connect and communicate with one another when you perform a specific task.
For example, you can tell IFTTT that if you star an email in your mail app, Evernote should create an automatic reminder prompting you to check and reply to it later. This makes managing your tasks, and your productivity, a breeze.
2. Sleep Cycle
The quality of your sleep is much more important than you might think. If you have ever felt more tired and drained than you would care to admit, and you can’t seem to figure out why, your sleep habits might very well be the underlying cause. Things like going to bed and waking up at the same time every night are decent fixes for this, but when you wake up in relation to your sleep cycle might matter even more significantly.
The Sleep Cycle app can help. It’s an alarm clock that monitors your sleep throughout the night and wakes you up when you are in a lighter stage of sleep. Just turn it on and keep your phone near you while you snooze and prepare to wake up each morning feeling energized and refreshed and ready to conquer the day.
Many people struggle with their health. There is so much “advice” out there trying to tell you what to do and what not to do, it’s confusing. You know what you want to accomplish but you don’t know where to start or how to reach your goals. There seems to be nothing individualized enough to actually help you. There’s an app that can completely change your life and your health, though.
Lifesum helps you form and keep track of healthy habits to help you reach specific health goals. Want to exercise more? Lose weight? Reduce your calorie intake or just eat better in general? Having an app to help you keep track of your habits can help you recognize your weak points and how to train yourself to make health a priority in your life no matter what.
Some days, there’s just too much to do. Sometimes it can get so overwhelming that we just stop being productive completely, which throws us even more off schedule. You need a mobile task manager that can help you organize and prioritize everything you need to do without leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.
You need help managing your many daily and weekly tasks, and that’s what Things was built for. Organize your to-dos based on priority and focus on the things that need to get done today. You can still create and save tasks for later, to be completed once today’s necessities have been completed. No more procrastinating – ever!
5. Google Keep
Have you ever walked into a room and completely forgotten why you entered it in the first place? Maybe you are in the car and remember you need to call someone, but can’t stop to write it down to make sure you do not forget. Simple note taking apps are one thing, but what you really need is Google Keep. It’s an app designed for people who have too many thoughts, tasks and ideas to keep track of. If you tend to be forgetful, this is an app worth downloading.
Record your thoughts in the form of virtual notes using Google Keep. You can do this through jotting down ideas, making lists or using pictures and audio to help you remember what is on your mind and save it for later. You can also set location- and time-based reminders so you will never forget a single thought for long.
Do you keep track of how much you spend and how much you save each month? Personal finance experts recommend you do, even if you aren’t saving up for anything specific. Stressing about money and spending your income recklessly on things you don’t actually need are common causes of unhappiness and feelings of anxiety. You need an app that can help you keep track of where your money is coming from and where it’s going (or where it isn’t going). You need InBudget – a free app that helps you keep your finances under control.
There are plenty of budgeting apps out there. Why InBudget? What makes this app different from other virtual personal finance aides, aside from the fact that it’s free? You can make your budgets public and share them with your friends. Let’s say you’re big on travel and have friends who would love to go overseas on a trip, but are convinced that it is far too expensive to be able to afford. Show them how you budget your trips and inspire them to save up and spend smart while traveling around the world. You can make budgets public or private depending on what you are using them for.
Every part of your life could use a little bit of improvement. Check out these apps to target areas of your life that need a little more attention and help you live better no matter what’s going on in your life.