It has come to this.
The initial concept of phones was calling or sending texts. Now, it serves more than that.
When we need something, the first thing we do is turn to technology for all the answers. We don’t look it elsewhere or ask anyone unless we really need to.
Operating systems for smart phones (Windows Mobile, Android, Mac iOS etc.), paved the way for the development of third-party mobile applications (apps).
Who would’ve thought that apps could provide so much relevancy in our lives? An excellent example is WhatsApp.
As of July 2015, Android users could choose between 1.6 million apps. Apple’s App Store remained the second-largest app store with 1.5 million available apps.
What does this statistic tells us?
The world runs on mobile apps.
And in this article, we’ve narrowed it down to 11 personal development apps for essentially building and living a better you – one app at a time.
This app aims to bring resources that treats depression from your fingertips (not professionally but as an aid on your path to recovery). It also recommends those who’ve conquered depression to continue using this app to prevent a relapse.
However, whether you have depression or not, we believe anyone who’s looking to be more mindful and want to practice positivity in their lives should use this app.
When you take charge of your personal development, you’re doing your mind, body and health a big favour. One should never underestimate the effectiveness of writing down 3 good things that happen daily.
What it does is it “forces” the mind to think positively when you’re doing this activity. It inspires you to want to do things that make you happy and grateful for, so that you can see the good in each day.
The app also comes with a “Thought Dairy” and “Mindful Meditation” that helps you to collect and rationalise your thoughts and emotions in a relaxed and composed manner.
Available on Android
2) Elevate – Brain Training
Selected by Google as Editors’ Choice, Elevate wants to bring out the best in your brain.
More specifically, this edutainment app is a brain training program designed to take your critical cognitive skills like focus, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, precision, math skills, and more up a notch.
With more than 40 brain games (with constant updates), personalised daily workouts of the skills you need based on your performance, work towards developing an intelligent and quick-witted you.
Did you know you can play 4 additional mini games and review your performance on your Apple Watch?
All games are related to useful everyday tasks such as calculating tips, spelling, mental match, and better memory. It also points out your weaknesses while giving you the tools to strengthen and fix them.
Users who’ve trained with Elevate at least thrice a week reported dramatic gains and increased confidence. The more you use Elevate, the more you’ll improve critical cognitive skills that’re designed to boost productivity, mental abilities and skills, and self-confidence.
You might be thinking, “A colouring app?” “Why?”
Yup, you saw that right. If you have a colouring book – good for you.
However, if you don’t – that’s what this app is here for.
Just so you know; colouring isn’t an activity exclusively for kids. It has become more common and associated with adults to generate mindfulness, reduce anxiety levels, and act as a form of meditation.
Coloring comes with 210 beautiful and highly detailed professional pictures for you to venture into your untapped potential and creative mind.
With an unlimited colour palette to choose from with and the ability to customise the colour, it’s an excellent way to calm your mind and focus on creating an amazing art piece for yourself or impress your friends with it.
4) Budgie: Monthly Budget Tracker
We’ve all been through the “I will save money!” mentality, only to find ourselves doing the opposite, recklessly. Then we start to feel down and blame ourselves for not being able to achieve what our minds first set us out to do.
Therefore, it’s time to put an end to the procrastination and start spending and saving wisely with the help of Budgie.
This personal budget tracker app is fun, easy to use and intuitive because it was created for – believe it or not – lazy people.
In no time, you’ll be a pro at better tracking and learning how to control your expenses. Customise your areas of spending like food, transportation, and bills and set monthly budgets to optimise your finance better.
With pleasant graphics, game-like prompts, customisable icon packs and monthly savings summary, you’ll find managing your financials a joy.
As you use Budgie more, the app considers your frequently entered expenses and makes your app experience a tap and go affair.
Now you don’t have to wonder where all that money go to.
Available on Android
Are playing games a waste of time or life? Jane McGonigal will tell you otherwise.
As a world-renowned designer of games to improve real lives & solve real problems, she has created SuperBetter (previously known as Jane The Concussion Slayer).
Validated in two clinical studies, SuperBetter has helped nearly half a million people so far achieve personal growth and tackle real-life challenges. Whether you’re pursuing a new goal, coping with chronic illness or dealing with a setback, SuperBetter can help you stay strong, motivated, and optimistic during this period.
Therapists recommend this app to their patients; university professors incorporate SuperBetter into their student’s coursework; and HR professionals design SuperBetter into their employee wellness incentive programs.
Start feeling and being a better you while playing SuperBetter.
Whether you have 20 mins to spare, we highly recommend you to watch this video:
6) ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations
You’re the only person who can achieve your goals and live the life you want. Sometimes, all we need is a spark of inspiration and positive self-talk to get us going.
With more than 300 affirmations (Daily Motivation, New Career, Love & Relationships, Stress Relief etc), ThinkUp lets you select and PERSONALISE them by recording it in your voice! You can also create your own affirmations to make it more influential and persuasive to implement it in your life. This personal development app also includes inspiring music to help you feel more relaxed and connected to the app.
When you read, listen and focus on the same set of affirmations, you feel motivated, happy and inspired in every way to live your best. You’ll find yourself developing a healthy and positive mindset. The negative self-talk no longer exist. Even during tough times, your mind is train to tackle and overcome the bad.
With the tool to help you succeed, what’s stopping you now?
7) Blue Light Filter – Night Mode
We consume information every minute of the day – even at our beds. Love to read in the dark? Guess what? The lights are off and the only light you’re looking at reflects from your phone.
This light is also known as “blue light”. Blue light from our devices is the visible light spectrum (380-550nm) for circadian regulation. Unfortunately, exposure to blue light imposes serious threats to retinal neurons and inhibits the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms. It also affects your sleep. Not good.
With Blue Light Filter, you will experience absolutely no eye strain and have a better reading experience while this app runs. What it does is it adjust the screen to its natural colour while reducing blue light which can protect your eyes and help you sleep easily.
Do what’s best for you.
Available on Android
8) Water Time Pro: drink reminder
We’ve heard it countless times. Water is good for you. But how many of us take that advice seriously? Not many. Drinking water has many health benefits – from improving skin complexion, flushing out toxins, promoting weight loss and more.
If you ONLY drink water when you’re thirsty or are too busy to do so, Water Time is a simple aqua reminder app that notifies and tracks your water intake.
Start picking up this healthy habit and keep track of your water intake, while maintaining proper hydration, cleanse the body and improve your metabolism.
This personal development app also has a hydro calculator that calculates your approximate daily rate. Before you know it, you’ll get into a useful habit of drinking water.
Make 2017 a year where you start drinking more water and taking care of your body.
9) 7 Minute Workout
Adopting a healthy diet and exercising routine is the key to a POSITIVE and BETTER you. How many times have you delayed a workout due to procrastination, laziness or lack of time? I know I’ve. We get that exercising is important and a healthy habit to implement into our lives. But we seem to not practice it. We probably need it more than ever in this hectic world – work challenges, peer pressure, family responsibilities etc.
7 minutes isn’t too much to ask for; the 7 minute workout app is featured by Google Play! No. 1 in over 19 countries and among the top 5 health apps in over 57. It’s also the Best of 2016 App, Top Trending App and Best Self-Improvement App selected by Google Play.
How can I ensure I’m getting a good workout within 7 minutes? Does it even work? These could be questions you’re having right now. This personal development app is based on HICT (high intensity circuit training) that comes with instructions and videos on how to perform each exercise.
It tells you how many calories you’ve burned and helps with losing weight, improving your muscular and aerobic fitness, and making you healthier.
You can conduct these exercises at home with no hassle.
10) Loop – Habit Tracker
What’re some habits you successfully or failed to pick up? Habits are routines we do a lot.
They’ve become part of our lives and we feel like something’s wrong when we don’t do them.
Habits are choices we decided to take one day and things got serious. This is a good thing if it’s a good habit such as eating healthy, spending time with your family, meditate, or brushing your teeth. However, bad habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, or drug abuse are not that easy to undo. This is because our brains are relaxed when we perform a habit, and this behaviour acts up unless you have the willpower and endurance to fight against it (which is unlikely).
Loop helps you get started on developing a habit so that you can (seriously) achieve your long-term goals. Whether it’s reading two hours a day or writing for 30 minutes, Loop’s detailed graphics and statics tracks your habits and sent out notifications at a chosen hour of your choice.
You can also integrate the app with your Android Wear watch to check, snooze or dismiss notifications directly.
Doing our habits on a daily basis might seem unimportant, but when you look back, it makes a huge difference and you’d be glad you started.
11) Fabulous – Motivate Me!
Feeling unmotivated and worn out is something we’ve experienced whether at school, work or even life itself.
Even the simplest idea of waking up – feeling happy and grateful, can be a chore if we’re unable to see the good in our lives.
Fabulous – Motivate Me! is a step-by-step program with science-based coaching that covers all aspects of life: how to live better, eat better, sleep better and attain overall health and productivity goals.
This personal development app also consists of workouts, meditation, happiness trainer, power nap sessions and a starter stretching. It’s a fun way to challenge yourself and start living your best. You won’t feel overwhelmed as everything is done step-by-step. Watch your behaviour improve and perspective of life change for the better.
It’s practically the same as having a personal happiness coach by your side, helping you to become a better person every step of the way. How awesome is that?
Available on Android
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