Self-improvement? There’s an app for that!
With the New Year just around the corner, you may well be considering ways in which you can make 2018 the best year yet. Resolutions tend to get a bad rap, especially as many people simply fail to stick to them. If that sounds familiar, here are ten little apps that you really need in your life.
1) Eat Healthy When You Eat Out
Eating well is a fantastic resolution and easy enough to accomplish when you’re at home and making your own meals. But what about when you eat out? Luckily, HealthyOut has your back.
This app lists the healthiest (low-carb, low-fat etc.) dishes from restaurants across the country, and is available in 500 cities in the UK. Before you head out for your New Year’s Day meal, be sure to check HealthyOut first.
2) Get Those Abs You’ve Been Wanting
Of course, being healthy doesn’t just mean eating the right things; it’s also about exercising too. As 2018 dawns, many of us will resolve to be more active and fitter.
The Nike Training Club app could help you with just that. With over 100 exercise routines and a whole load of help and advice, you may just find it gives your workout regime the kickstart it really needs.
3) Manage Your Time a Little Better
Wouldn’t you love to get more stuff done during the day? Well, if 2017 has been less-than-productive, you need Toggl in your life.
This app allows you to time certain tasks and projects so you can work out what, exactly, is eating into your day. It’s particularly useful if you have a job that requires completing several small chores throughout the day. It’s free to sign up, so you have no excuse, really.
4) Save Some Money
Living from payday to payday? One of the most popular resolutions of 2018 is sure to be saving more money. Of course, often enough, that’s easier said than done…
Squirrel links with your Barclays bank account to change the way you use your cash. It splits your income into three different sections and only releases a little into your account at a time.
That means that you can’t blow your whole wage the first weekend you get it (sorry, ravers!) and that you could ultimately end up saving a lot more cash.
5) Learn a New Language. Finally.
Learning a language is no small feat. It takes time and patience to get anywhere with such a task. Duolingo allows you to fit short and simple language lessons into your lifestyle with ease.
All you have to do is open the app when you feel like giving it a go. The game-like format means that the lessons never get dull. Learn a whole range of languages with this one.
6) Quit Smoking for Good!
If you’re ready to live a smoke-free lifestyle, the LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach could be what you’ve been waiting for. Tracking your progress as you quit the habit will help you stay on the road to success. What’s more, this app gives you helpful hints and advice along the way. It won’t be easy, but nothing that’s worth doing is.
Download LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach for free on iOS
7) Learn to Relax More
Make no mistakes here, we all need a little headspace now and then. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just generally a little anxious, learning to take a step back and relax could be the answer.
Stop, Breathe & Think is the mindful app that helps you take stock of your feelings and sort them out. You can learn to meditate, change your perspective, and generally relax a little. That’s something we can all get behind.
8) Start Good Habits
Of course, if you want to make a positive change in your life, you need to enforce small and simple habits to make it easier and more natural.
HabitBull helps you set goals (however small they may be) and smash them. There’s something oh-so-satisfying about making a target and checking it off your list. What’s more, you get to review your data so you can keep up to date with your progress every step of the way.
9) Keep on Top of Your Tasks
If you want 2018 to be the year you finally get organised, you’re in luck. Quip is the all-singing, all-dancing productivity app.
It helps you create to-do lists, spreadsheets, and documents in seconds, which means you can do a whole load of work on your phone. Easy. Plus, if you work with a close-knit team, you can also collaborate on docs with them.
10) Get Some Precious Sleep
Let’s face it, we could all do with getting more sleep. If you’ve vowed to get more sleep in 2018, there’s a handy app that could help you do just that.
As the name suggests, Sleep Genius is a tool that helps you monitor the rest you get each night. As though that weren’t enough, the app has a relaxation cycle setting that helps you ease yourself into a restful, calm state. Bring on the best night sleep you’ve ever had.