The first month of 2016 is coming to a close and if you’re anything like us you’ve set some high expectations for yourself with your resolutions! With the temperatures rapidly dropping, streets covered in ice and little to no sunlight- it’s hard to stay on track with these goals we’ve set. Need a little extra something to help you stay motivated? There’s an app for that. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tools to help us make 2016 the best year yet!
Health and Fitness
Exercise. Millions of people wake up on January 1st and say “this is the year I’ll get in shape!” They head out to join the gym, but then a month or two later they find themselves struggling to be motivated to head to the elliptical. Sworkit is a handy app that gives you workout routines right on your phone that you can do right at home. When it’s 20 degrees and snowing it sure is easier to shed those pounds in the comfort of your own home! Like the gym but just get bored of the routine? Try out SportSetter to find new and exciting workouts to do!
Boost your mood. If you find yourself in a slump more often than not and are on a path to try to improve your overall mood, set up Moodnotes to keep track of how you’re feeling everyday. Seeing the overall picture of your mood will help you take the next necessary steps if you’re gloomier than you want to be! Turn those frowns upside down and get on the road to happy!
Move around at work. One of my personal goals this year is to stay energized throughout the day and one way to do that is to be sure to move around when you’re at work. It’s easy to stay seated for hours, but then you end up in a sleepy state. The Stand Up! app will help remind you to get out of your chair and get that blood flowing so you can be productive during the rest of the day!
Sleep more. If you toss and turn a lot or perhaps can’t really sleep at all- find out the root of your sleeping troubles and solve them! Nothing is worse than waking up in a bad mood because you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep. Use an app like SleepBot to help you monitor your sleep patterns so you can make the necessary adjustments to get those eight hours that you need.
Have better posture. Over here at Krrb Lauren expressed her need to get her posture in tip top condition, and we agree that it’s an important one. This fun app, Nekoze, keeps an eye on you and your slouching back and shoulders. The camera from your computer monitors your posture throughout the day, and if you let your body hunch up, a cat emoji pops up on your screen and meows at you to straighten up. A little quirky, a little creepy- but oh so effective!
Managing Your Money
Save your money. The future’s looking bright at the beginning of the year with so many possibilities- including actually saving money this year so you can go on that amazing trip with your girlfriends! Don’t have enough willpower to stash some cash rather than splurging on lattes everyday? Mint will help you manage those funds and budget out the rest of your year!
Donate to charity. If you’ve successfully been able to save up some money and have the ability to, you should always be giving back to others who are in need. Public Good is a great platform where you can easily discover charities and campaigns that are raising money for good causes all around the world. You can filter the organizations by things and locations that you are passionate about. Get to it!
Learning Something New
Learn a new language. Having the ability to speak multiple languages is a great skill to have for both career opportunities and traveling- so why wouldn’t you want to have this under your belt?! The app Duolingo makes learning a new language a fun little game by allowing you to race against a clock and earn points for correct answers! When you’ve got the basics and are ready to learn how to converse, head on over to Tandem to find a partner from around the world to help you with your newly acquired language skills!
Read more. Stop making excuses! Reading is a great way to temporarily escape from reality especially if you had a not-so-great day. The Wattpad app is a great community for readers and writers. Read something that another community member wrote, write something on your own, and chat with other app users while you’re doing both!
Learn new things. If you’ve been out of school for a while and craving some new knowledge on the daily, consider using Coursmos. You can either teach or be a student on this app, which is awesome! Learn things from a variety of categories like technology, cooking, business, design and so many more!
Declutter your space. Our very own Vanessa is on a mission to finally get her closet organized. One great and simple way go about getting the job done is by selling those items that you don’t want or need anymore with the help of the Krrb app! You can simply snap a few photos and then list those things on the classifieds to sell! Don’t need to get rid of anything, but perhaps need some shelving to help keep things looking neat? You can do your shopping on the app as well!
Get digitally organized. If you are a mess digitally it’s time for you to get on the road to a clean desktop! Airtable is a spreadsheet like no other that will help you get all of your junk in one place, while simultaneously looking beautiful! Even cooler? You can integrate your other apps like Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote so you’re all set to go.
Breaking Those Habits
Stay off your phone and focused. Do you find yourself checking your phone while you’re out to dinner with friends? Trying to get an important project done, but keep getting tempted to check those incoming text messages? Try Forest to help keep you off your phone and concentrated on what’s happening in the now. Digital trees grow on your screen when you’re focused, but whither away if you turn the app off to hit up Instagram. You don’t want to kill those pretty little trees do you?
Keep in touch. If one of the things you want to work on this year is keeping in touch with friends and family that you don’t get to see often, rather than just texting them you should use Oncam. This video calling app let’s you have group video sessions right on your phone and the coolest feature is that you can watch videos with your friends while you video chat! It’ll make you feel like you’re sitting on the couch right next to them. Pretty cool, huh?
Break a bad habit. Have a not-so-cute habit? It’s ok, we all do. Whether it’s biting your nails, cursing too much or something more serious like smoking- this app will help you track your bad habits and make you aware of how often you’re doing them. Sometimes visually seeing how often you do something is a enough to help you call it quits.
What apps do you use to help you stay on track? Let us know in the comments so we can try them out!