As the New Year begins, our thoughts turn to resolutions. If you are like most of us, your track record in keeping them has been less than stellar. Statistics show that only 39% of us who resolve to change or do anything for the New Year will successfully achieve the goals we set. Fortunately, there is an app for that. Consider these five resolutions and the apps that can help you keep them, as you set your goals for 2017.
1. Pursue Work Life Balance
For many of us, work life balance is something we desire but have never experienced. The harder we try to achieve it, the more it defies us. Here are a couple of apps to help you achieve this goal.
TimeTune for Android OS or ATracker for iOS document your daily routines and supply you with the data so that you can analyze how you actually spend your time. This information will allow you shift toward a more efficient ratio of work to life.
2. Be More Productive
Many people assume that being more productive is about getting the most done in the least amount of time. While the productive among us accomplish more in months than others do in years, research indicates that the secret to productivity may be awareness and self-control.
BreakFree is an app that promises to help you manage your digital life by understanding how connected you have become. It quietly monitors which apps you use including how long you are using them. It can notify you if you are wasting too much time, based on your preferences. One of the best features allows you to set a schedule so blocking your access to certain distractions like incoming messages or other apps at certain times to keep you focused.
3. Expand Your Comfort-zone
From a psychological view, your comfort zone is a mental boundary wherein you maintain a certain sense of security and when outside of, you experience discomfort.
Daily Challenge by MeYouHealth will send you a notification each morning containing a simple challenge that can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. The app’s gamification of the app further encourages you to participate by awarding points for successful completion. The company believes that achieving small goals add up to big changes in self-esteem, an added benefit.
4. Buy Local/ Eat Local
When you choose to forgo the big-box and big-food chains, not only are you supporting your local economy you are sure to have a richer and unique experience.
Eat Local by KingCard is the perfect tool to help you eat like a local, no matter where you are. The social media feature allows you to share your experience with your friends.
GoBuyLocal’s mission is to promote sustainable living that supports local economies. The app gives you mobile access to free and discounted local offers, to help you save money on items at your favorite local businesses while earning donations for schools, communities, and the causes you care about while shopping in your own backyard. For Android OS and iOS.
5. Sleep Better
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep. Eight hours remains the standard for which we all should strive. However, with the demands of modern life, we often fall short. Fortunately, there are ways to help us make the most out of our pillow time.
Relax Melodies available for both Android OS and iOS devices, is one app that is worth a try. The app allows you to program mixes of ambient sounds and melodies to create the perfect soundtrack for sleepfulness.
Are you looking forward to the New Year yet?
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