As much a I don’t want to admit it, I’m a smartphone addict. Like many moms, I have to maximize my free time as much as possible and my phone allows me to do that. Besides making phone calls and sending texts, I write blog posts, respond to emails, pay bills and everything else with my handheld device. It’s so much easier than having to pull out my laptop or sit at my desktop computer.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I can do more self improvement even with my limited time and abundant responsibilities. After doing a bit of research and trying some out for myself, I found there is an app for any and everything you may want to accomplish. I made a list of apps I recommend and hope to use to enrich my mind, body and spirit in 2015. I hope you do too!
Google Fit—It’s a little buggy (it doesn’t seem to catch all of my steps), but it’s a nice, free alternative to buying a separate fitness tracker like Fitbit. Also on a positive note, the app allows you to set daily fitness goals and charts your progress over time.
Johnson & Johnson 7-Minute Workout—An impressive little app based on the 7-minute workout popularized in an New York Times blog post in 2013. The 7-minute workout breaks down the routine by exercise and has a timer for each activity along with video and audio to guide you. You can also choose your fitness level and create your own routines.
Diaro—For those who are serious about journaling, Diaro is a robust app with lots of bells and whistles. It reminds me a lot of Evernote, but specifically for those who want to keep a diary or journal. It allows you to tag your entires or put them in folders for easy organization, syncing between devices and password protection.
365 Days of Me (Android only)—It’s not exactly a journal, but this app asks you a different question every day for 365 days. The thought is that through using simple prompts, you will be motivated to do it everyday instead of creating excuses. As an example, my question for today was, “Is there someone you’d like to get to know more?”
RescueTime—RescueTime lets you know exactly where you are using your time to help you eliminate time wasters and become more productive. If you often find yourself wondering where your day went, this app may be for you.
GoalTracker—This app allows you to create goals for a designated time period and create deadlines so you are more likely to get them done. This is great for those of us who have a lot to get accomplished, but aren’t naturally great at time management.
TwoGrand: Visual Food Journal—Taking pictures of what you eat and making a log is a great way to keep yourself accountable. If you want to lose weight or just be a bit more mindful about what you eat, give it a try. TwoGrand claims updates require under 3 minutes a day. The app also is a social network that allows you to connect with others with similar goals and also gives you access to healthy meal ideas.
Headspace—Meditation and mindfulness can be extremely difficult when you have a lot on your mind. Headspace provides you with 10 delightful 10 minute free guided meditations you can do anywhere. If you decide the app is working for you, you can subscribe for a monthly, yearly or one-time forever fee to access the full library.
Have you used any of these apps? What are some of your favorites?